DOUBLE Your Investment In Housing Support For Homeless Youth!

“When I first came to My Friend’s Place in 2013, I didn’t have a back up plan. I didn’t know about housing opportunities until I came here. It was difficult at first. One thing my case manager said was, “Trust in us. We got you.” And I was like, okay, alright. It’s hard for me to put my trust in somebody. But I put my whole trust into it, and it worked out. That was the turning point right there. I’m in housing now, in Huntington Park, in a one bedroom. I like it! Now I see myself enrolling back in school. In five years, I see myself completing college. I can’t see every detail, but I see myself progressing toward very exciting things.”

—J., a young person on his experience receiving housing support from
My Friend’s Place

This Fall, your investment in housing support for youth experiencing homelessness will be matched—dollar for dollar—up to $75,000!
 

The journey toward housing can be difficult for young people like J., requiring youth to navigate complex systems, complete housing-preparedness activities and remain engaged in a process that can take 6-12 months, and often longer, to match youth with housing opportunities. At the same time, these youth are also often trying to meet their day-to-day needs to ensure their safety and survival and working toward other goals that may include managing mental health symptoms, seeking employment or caring for their children, all of which can make the journey toward housing even more challenging.

This year, to ensure that we are providing the most impactful programming possible for our youth, My Friend’s Place redesigned our housing support program model to better meet the crisis intervention needs of our low barrier drop-in center while also ensuring that we can provide youth in our housing case management program with even more individualized, intensive housing support. This housing support, performed by our newly formalized housing case management team of clinical social workers, includes individual-level advocacy for youth and housing retention efforts, as well as systems-level advocacy and education regarding developmentally appropriate interventions for youth.

Right now, with matching funds provided by a generous community partner, your gift of support for our housing case management program can bring twice the opportunities to young people like J. and do even more to support their journeys toward housing and a permanent exit from homelessness.

Please give before November 30 to double your impact! 

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Brighten the Holidays for Youth Experiencing Homelessness at My Friend’s Place!

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Support Socktober at My Friend’s Place!

On average, My Friend’s Place serves 82 young people experiencing homelessness each day, and every young person is offered a new pair of socks and underwear on each visit.

For our youth, receiving a new pair of socks goes beyond making a fashion statement. In fact, new socks are key to supporting the health, wellness and hygiene of our youth. Being without clean socks, especially during the colder and wetter months, can lead to discomfort and foot ailments, especially when youth are travelling around the city primarily by foot and have extremely limited or no access to laundry facilities.

Help My Friend’s Place celebrate Socktober by contributing new socks, to ensure that we will have a steady supply for our youth in the coming months. Our goal is to collect 5,000 pairs this month and we need your help to make it happen!

New and packaged socks in adult sizes, both tall and short, are most needed. Socks may be dropped off at My Friend’s Place Monday – Thursday 9am to 5:30pm or Friday 8am to 5pm, at 5850 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Socks may also be ordered directly from our wishlist by clicking here! For more information about Socktober or My Friend’s Place, please contact Daniel Lee at dlee@myfriendsplace.org or call 323-908-0011 ext. 141.

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Join us on Wednesday, October 2 for Love All Serve Art: An Art Show By the Young People of My Friend’s Place

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Help Provide Backpacks for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Imagine carrying everything you own in just a backpack. For youth at My Friend’s Place, it’s not hard to imagine, because it’s part of their daily reality. For young people experiencing homelessness, the average backpack weighs 17 pounds and is carried for 12 hours each day, and lasts for approximately 1 month. On average, 27 young people at My Friend’s Place ask for a new backpack every single day. This Back to School season, you can help ease the daily strain of homelessness by providing new or gently used backpacks for our youth. Shop our Amazon wishlist to send backpacks directly to our door, or e-mail Daniel Lee, Development Associate, at dlee@myfriendsplace.org for information on how to host a backpack drive in your community.

Not an Amazon shopper? No problem! Backpacks can also be dropped of directly at My Friend’s Place, Monday through Thursday from 9 A.M.—5:30 P.M., and Friday from 8 A.M.—4:30 P.M., at 5850 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028. You can also make a $20 gift through our website, and specify that you would like your gift to be used to purchase backpacks.