Andrea Pyke Is Now Executive Director of Friendship Home

Andrea Pyke
April 7, 2017 — Friendship Home, a Norwell nonprofit that provides respite and support services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, this week announced that Andrea Pyke has been appointed executive director.

Pyke succeeds Lauren Payne, who, for the last seven years, served as the first executive director of Friendship Home before stepping down to pursue a new role as a nonprofit consultant and board member.

“Friendship Home is excited to welcome Andrea as our new leader. We are confident that her enthusiasm and passion for our mission, coupled with her strong background in program development, strategic planning, and fundraising, is a great match for our organization,” said Jack Spurr, board chair.

Prior to her appointment, Pyke was vice president of programs at Community Servings in Jamaica Plain, where she was responsible for providing services relating to the agency’s core mission. Under Pyke’s leadership, the agency successfully expanded into three new communities, reached 2,600 individuals with nutrition education and counseling, and provided job training and placement services to 200 individuals with barriers to employment.

Earlier, she served as assistant program director and residential director at the May Institute, working with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. She had worked as manager of operations at CAB Health and Recovery.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support all of the individuals and families who are served by Friendship Home. I find it very humbling to lead this well-respected organization that enriches the lives of people with developmental disabilities and builds their self-confidence by respecting and appreciating their abilities and talents,” Pyke said.

Pyke earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Simmons College.

Since it was founded in 1999, Friendship Home has grown to serve more than 200 families on the South Shore and beyond with its overnight respite, vocational, and social recreational programs.

Last month, Friends raised $585,000 at its ninth annual Circle of Friends Gala held at Lombardo's in Randolph, setting a record for the event. In 2012, construction of its current home was completed on land donated by the United Church of Christ in Norwell eight years earlier.

For the year ending June 30, 2016, Friendship Home reported $2.175 million in revenue, of which $813,000 came from contributions and grants, and $2.117 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.