Friendship Families (or Friendship Partners) are formed by matching up one or two students or international families with a local family or individual. Then they do things together approximately once or twice per month. Activities can be of your choosing, such as inviting internationals to your home for a meal or holiday celebration, or taking an excursion to see some local sights, like the zoo or going for a hike. All Friendship Family hosts sign a covenant that ensures everyone’s safety and alignment with ISM’s mission. If you want to see what it’s like before committing, you may join an existing Friendship Family activity and experience it first hand. To learn more or apply to become a Friendship Family, please contact Sharon at or 314-452-6406.