Here at The Family of Friends, our primary concern is the well-being of our residents. Our staff is highly trained to care for your loved one. Our training includes the following: basic first aid, CPR, food handling, emergency management, resident rights, medication management, infection control, dealing with difficult behaviors, mental health topics, emergency procedures, and HIV/AIDS.

Our dedicated staff is available 24 hours-a-day to assist your loved one with their daily needs. From assistance with medication management to preparing meals, the staff is trained to handle any situation.

We do more than just provide assistance with activities of daily living. Our other job descriptions include friend and confidant.

Shawn Garland joined the Family of Friends staff in September of 2017. Shawn is an Army Veteran who served in Afghanistan as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work.

Shawn worked as a Case Manager for Support Services for Veteran Families through Aspire where he helped house homeless veterans in Seminole County. Shawn then went on to work for Central Florida Cares Health System a Managing Entity for the Department of Children and Families. As a Housing Specialist for Central Florida Cares he worked with mental health and substance abuse providers as well as the local Continuums of Care to help house the homeless in Seminole, Brevard, Orange and Osceola Counties.

As administrator, Shawn maintains the day-to-day operations at Family of Friends, including managing staff, resident care and maintaining the grounds. Shawn also acts as the facility representative to all local and state agencies, ensuring the facility complies with all state and county rules and laws. Shawn is married with three children and lives in the Sanford community.