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A Community at Work

Bryan Acker, a resident here at Bridgewater Retirement Community has worked with Friendship Industries for 51 years.

Bryan is also an avid collector of tabs from soda cans and has collected thousands of tabs to be recycled. He sends the money he receives to charity.

Neighbors of Bryan Acker toured Friendship Industries last week.

His neighbors are Dr. McDonald (retired pediatrician), Edwin Rodgers (retired pharmacist) and Dr. McDaniels (retired VaTech professor).

About Friendship Industries

Friendship Industries, founded in 1964, was the first organization in our community to provide commercial work and training opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Without realizing it, Friendship Industries became one of the first social enterprises in the Valley.

Over the years, Friendship Industries has grown exponentially. We have grown by being a business and serving our mission well—a social mission that involves work opportunities for all—here in our integrated facility and through other community-minded  businesses.

Friendship Industries develops and maintains employment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities in integrated work environments.



To remain eligible for the Home No Matter What Promise, residents must fulfill their obligations in turn as citizens of the BRC community and not give away the resources needed to meet financial obligations to BRC.