"CFI works with the whole person, mind body and spirit"

-CFI Consumer

We believe in unconditional positive regard for each person as a human being.
Full access to community life through achievement of one’s potential and removal of barriers.

Our Vision

Community Friendship, Inc. (CFI) is a non profit psychiatric rehabilitation organization that ensures a supportive community for adults with long-term psychiatric disabilities so that they can develop living, learning, working and social skills and access the resources needed to lead successful and satisfying lives.


We believe in working with the whole person, mind, body and spirit, not just their illness.

Our Values

Our Mission

CFI is a nonprofit comprehensive provider of recovery-based mental health services serving adults in metropolitan Atlanta. Originating in 1962 as a drop-in social center for adults with chronic mental illnesses, CFI incorporated in 1970, and has grown to offer a comprehensive array of services in the psychiatric rehabilitation approach.  CFI provides services, which promote recovery and assist consumers in establishing and maintaining productive lives in the community.  For over 50 years, Community Friendship, Inc. (CFI) has been committed to supporting an individual’s recovery from mental illness so that each person can lead a contributing, integrated, and self-directed life.

Former President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter and others during the 1970 CFI headquarters building dedication. 

Former President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter and others during the 1970 CFI headquarters building dedication. 

We believe gaining knowledge through education and experience is an empowering process, allowing people to grow, learn and make informed life decisions.
We believe in high ethical standards that promote fiscal responsibility and services that reflect standards of excellence.
We believe all people have the ability to grow and reach their full potential.
Our mission is to provide a supportive community for people whose mental illness prevents them from participating in community life, employment and relationships. CFI has developed programs and services that are central to mission success and has achieved a consistent level of desired results for those being served. We have also developed an organizational infrastructure necessary for supporting core programs. We are achieving our mission impact through programmatic offerings and organizational leadership as evident in our strategic partnerships, advocacy efforts, and collaborations.

Stigma erodes confidence that mental disorders are real, treatable health conditions.

More About Mental Illness

More About Mental Illness

We believe consumers have the right to make decisions about the direction of their life and recovery process.




Our History

Approximately 40% of the people who are homeless in America suffer from serious and persistent mental illnesses


Holistic Approach