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Who We Are

Friendship Foundation, Inc. (FFI) is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation which was established in 1984 for the purpose of assisting Restoration Society, Inc. (RSI) in its programmatic efforts; to provide education about behavioral health, behavioral health conditions and substance use conditions; and to advocate for the rights of individuals with these conditions. The Foundation fulfills its mission by raising funds, acquiring real property for the use of RSI, contributing unaffordable equipment, and supporting RSI customer educational opportunities. The Foundation has two subsidiaries: Amity Associates of Buffalo, inc., a nonprofit organization, and Friendship Enterprises, LLC, a for-profit organization. 

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Amity Associates of Buffalo, Inc.

Is a drug and alcohol free environment for individuals with substance use conditions as well as adults diagnosed with behavioral health conditions who are looking for a place to socialize and a place to live that support personal recovery efforts. Amity Club sponsors recreational and special social events ( ex., dances, topical parties and special holiday celebration). In addition, eight rooms with public amenities are available to rent. Various 12 step programs and support groups (AA, NA,SOS, etc.) meet at Amity Club. 

Friendship Enterprises, LLC.

Acquires real property either for fair market rental or for programmatic use by Restoration Society, Inc. It provides a consistent revenue stream for the Foundation to underwrite its operation and fulfillment of its mission. Friendship Enterprises' first acquisition, D'Avolio House, is a four-bedroom home that provides transitional housing for women seeking permanent housing.  


To assure a path to wellness and recovery and to advance the quality of life of individuals with behavioral health and substance use conditions. 


Supporting the recovery journey of people with behavioral health conditions and substance use conditions, and optimizing their wellness and self-determination. 


Recovery                   Equality                      Hope                  Self-Determination          Empowerment 

      Opportunity                          Respect                   Personal Growth                  Wellness 

Board of Directors

Board of Directors:


Brian Rusk, President

Stan Coleman, 1st Vice President

Jim Maguire, 2nd Vice President

Carl Balmas, Treasurer

Claudia Fosket, Secretary




Richard Dread

Jeff Lapides  

Greg Phillies  

Lamont Singletary  

Shilo Wallace

Tiffiny Cook

Jola Simon 



Jay DiPasquale, Executive Director

Our Partners

  • D'Avolio Purveyors of fine Olive Oils, Vinegars and more!
    D'Avolio Purveyors of fine Olive Oils, Vinegars and more!
  • St. Luke's Mission of Mercy
    St. Luke's Mission of Mercy
  • Friendship Foundation, Inc.
    Friendship Foundation, Inc.
  • Park Avenue Imprints
    Park Avenue Imprints
  • Buffalo Public Library
    Buffalo Public Library