LiveWell Manistee Spotlight: Manistee Friendship Society

Welcome to the first installment of the LiveWell Manistee Spotlight Series. We will be highlighting a LVM coalition member, bi-monthly.

Interviewee Bio:

Hi, I’m Cassandra! I am the Executive Director of the Manistee Friendship Society (drop-in center) and a Certified Peer Support Specialist. I have been working at the drop-in center for over ten years. Prior to working here, I volunteered and attended some self-help groups the center had to offer. They changed my life. Now one of my goals in life is to help others learn different ways to cope with their mental illness and help them live the healthiest-happiest life they can.

When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, going for jogs on our beautiful boardwalk, painting, binge watching Netflix and going to Zumba class! My family, exercise and meditation have been huge supports in my recovery dealing with anxiety and PTSD. Knowing how important it is to have support in your recovery I am so happy to be able to provide support to others in their journey in recovery as well.

If you suffer from mental illness and need support, please call the Manistee Friendship Society at 231-398-0434 or Centra Wellness Network (Community Mental Health) at 1-877-398-2013.

Tell us about the Manistee Friendship Society:

Safe place for socialization, support, activities, education for people living with mental illness. For those with anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia etc…

When are you open?

M-F 9:30-3:00 pm

Where are you located? 1475 S US 31


18 and older. Be diagnosed with a mental illness. Come in and see if you are qualified. Kids not allowed or to visit.

Is everything free?

Yes, food and activities. Healthy lunches every day. Breakfast options are also available every day.

How many members does the Manistee Friendship Society have?

209 Members

Where does funding come from?

Centra Wellness Network and grants.

Services and resources offered:

Self-help groups, food pantry, various classes (nutrition/wellness), socialization opportunities, outings, helping with job applications, housing assistance and community resources.

Are there any misconceptions about the Manistee Friendship Society or anything you want the community to know?

I want people to know we are here and a resource in the community.

You are a member of LiveWell Manistee. Do you feel this coalition aligns well with your work at Manistee Friendship Society?

Yes. I have been able to meet other organizations in the community who can support us, and we can support others. Collaboration on grants. Learning from others. Everyone has a goal to help others and help Manistee be a healthier place.

Final thoughts?

Everyone is welcome to drop in and find the support they need. We are here to help.Visit our Facebook and Website for more information.

We also accept any donations – food, personal care items, household items, money.

Member Quotes:

"Lots to do. Always someone to talk to. Great environment, great people. Lots of opportunities to better your health."

"You can find people that are easy to talk to  and are on the same level as you are. Great place to come and meet people and do activities."

"I like coming here because Cassandra is a great resource and friend."

"Fun and I like the activities such as arts and crafts. People are nice. Good lunches are available."


Live Well Manistee was formed as a workgroup of the Manistee County Human Service Collaborative Body in 2007. Those interested in promoting a healthy lifestyle in Manistee County are encouraged to participate.

Live Well Manistee meets from 1-2:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month.

For more information, visit or, or contact the coalition’s chair, Erin Barrett, at

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