We Want To Hear From You!

My Friend’s Place is turning 30 and we would like you to help us shape a year of celebration! If you are a former youth of My Friend’s Place or a past/present community member, check out the details below!

 

 

 

 

ALUMNI:

On January 8, 2018, My Friend’s Place will turn 30! We have met thousands of amazing young people over the years, and we would like to invite you to help us honor this momentous occasion. If you are a former MFP youth, we want to hear from you! If you are interested in sharing your story, a My Friend’s Place memory or wishes for the future of the organization, please contact us by e-mailing alumni@myfriendsplace.org. We’d love to reconnect and have you join us in this celebration!

 

SUPPORTERS:

Over the past 30 years, we have been able to increase our capacity to serve young people experiencing homelessness because you, our generous community of support, have stood my our side as an unwavering partner. As we prepare to mark this milestone in our organization’s history, we want to hear from you! Whether you are one of our very first volunteers or a newer member of our community, we invite you to share your stories, experiences and hopes for My Friend’s Place. You are the heart of My Friend’s Place, and we’d love to have you as a part of our celebration. If you are interested in sharing, please contact us at development@myfriendsplace.org.

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My Friend’s Place 30th Anniversary Benefit

Save The Date

My Friend’s Place
30th Anniversary Gala
April 7, 2018
The Hollywood Palladium
CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

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Help Make The Holidays At My Friend’s Place Amazing!

’Tis the season to spread some holiday cheer! We hope you’ll consider partnering with My Friend’s Place to provide gifts for the young people we serve. There are many ways to support our youth this year, including contributing items from the Holiday Wish List, holding a holiday gift drive or hosting a giving tree at your work, school, community center or business.

Items on this year’s holiday wish list include:

– Hoodies (Adult Small – XXL)
– Sleeping Bags
– Scarves and Gloves
– $10 Gift Card for Groceries –
Target, Food 4 Less, Vons, Ralphs
– $10 Gift Card for Food – Subway, Chipotle, Starbucks
– $8 TAP cards pre-loaded with a day pass
– Backpacks
– Earbuds/Headphones

Please bring or ship all new, unwrapped gifts to My Friend’s Place by Friday, December 8.

For more information on participating in holiday celebrations at My Friend’s Place, becoming a holiday sponsor or underwriter, or helping out at My Friend’s Place as an individual volunteer or corporate volunteer team, please contact Development Assistant Dana Rust at (323) 908-0011 x124 or drust@myfriendsplace.org.

All contributions are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. Happy holidays!

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Socktober!

SOCKS. A clothing item that most of us don’t give a second thought to on a daily basis, but one that is always at the top of the wish list for homeless youth.  SOCKS are one of the items most requested by the young people experiencing homelessness who access services at My Friend’s Place.

On average, My Friend’s Place serves 82 young people experiencing homelessness each day through our Safe Haven Program, and each young person visiting the Safe Haven is provided a new pair of SOCKS and underwear on each visit. For our youth, receiving a fresh, new pair of SOCKS goes beyond making a fashion statement; in fact, new clean 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.

What’s more, providing a young person experiencing homelessness with a new pair of SOCKS can help a youth to feel cared for, and can help staff and volunteers to build rapport and trust with youth. Through the provision of SOCKS and other basic needs in a safe and welcoming space, our staff and volunteers take the first steps to build trust with youth, encouraging young people to identify and share their needs and to take steps toward wellness that might include accessing employment-readiness programming or intensive case management services including crisis stabilization, linkages to health and mental health services, housing, and other services supporting stability and self sufficiency.

This October, My Friend’s Place is launching SOCKTOBER to bring our community together to ensure that we will have a steady supply of socks for our youth in the coming months. With young people visiting My Friend’s Place more than 20,000 times this year, we need your help to ensure that we have enough SOCKS to meet our young people’s needs! Our goal this year is to collect 5,000 SOCKS, which would ensure that we have enough SOCKS for our youth for at least the next 3 months.

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. If you are not able to get to My Friend’s Place, please consider sending socks to My Friend’s Place via our Amazon Wish List.

If you would prefer to contribute a financial gift to underwrite the purchase of socks for our youth, please visit our website and provide a note that your gift is in support of SOCKTOBER. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated. Each $1 donation can provide a brand new pair of socks to a young person experiencing homelessness this year.

For more information about SOCKTOBER or My Friend’s Place, please contact Dana Rust at drust@myfriendsplace.org or call 323-908-0011 ext. 124.

Join us in making Socktober a sock-cess!

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The Corner Collective Art Pop Up Shop

Visit The Corner Collective for a one-night-only pop up shop at UCB Inner Sanctum! Join us Tuesday, September 19 7-9 p.m. for an evening of art, comedy and community. Photography, art and design pieces created by the youth of My Friend’s Place will be on sale, with 80% of proceeds going directly to the young artists. UCB Improv teams will perform short sets throughout the evening.

The Corner Collective showcases the creative endeavors of the youth of My Friend’s Place, where creative arts programming intersects with efforts to provide homeless youth with opportunities to support skill development, job readiness and long-term self-sufficiency.

RSVP to Serita Robinson at srobinson@myfriendsplace.org by Monday September 18.

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