Lauren Payne

Lauren joined Friendship Home in November, 2008 as their first full time employee and Executive Director.  She has successfully led the organization to the completion of a $3.5 million capital campaign to complete the “Home with a Heart”, respite and retreat center for people with developmental disabilities and their families. 

Lauren holds a graduate certificate in Community Human Service Management from Suffolk University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bridgewater State College. She has dedicated her career to improving the lives of children, families and people with disabilities having worked for Lutheran Social Services of New England for 26 years prior to her tenure at Friendship Home.  She has served on the Board of the Lutheran Adoption Network, St. Paul’s Community in Brockton and the Steering Committee of the Women’s Business Connection at the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. 

Friendship Home is an example of a grass roots human service organization that has become a remarkable community movement.  Along with founders Wilma Goodhue and Joan Mullare, as well as a powerful board of directors and volunteer force, the group has energized the South Shore to create a community of support that provides funding, jobs and endless opportunities for people with disabilities and their families.  Lauren has led the launch of Friendship Home’s Bridges to Work, Overnight Respite and Social-Recreational Club programs. She has developed Friendship Home into a vibrant and flourishing organization that is a resource for the entire community.