The ELC Presents Legendary Drag Bingo

Are you feeling lucky?! The Emerging Leaders Council of My Friend’s Place is excited to present a special evening of Legendary Bingo (aka Drag Queen Bingo), benefitting the homeless youth services at My Friend’s Place! Join us for what is sure to be a hilarious evening of bingo and fun on April 12!

A $20 suggested donation gets you 10 games of bingo hosted by the sassy and fabulous Legendary Bingo queens, the chance to win amazing prizes and bid on exclusive auction items–all for a great cause!

For 29 years and counting, My Friend’s Place has been assisting and inspiring homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. My Friend’s Place offers a comprehensive continuum of services to homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 25, and their children, helping our homeless young people to move toward wellness, stability and self-sufficiency.

The ELC is a passionate group of young professionals and community members dedicated to advancing the mission of My Friend’s Place through unique volunteer opportunities, fundraising and exciting social events, while playing a vital role in furthering the conversation about ending youth homelessness. Check out more at myfriendsplace.org/elc

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Clothing For Every Body

body positive fruitFeeling good about your body and the way you look is challenging enough under the best of circumstances. For our young people experiencing homelessness, body positivity can be particularly challenging, with greater struggle to find well-fitting clothing.

In an effort to help our young people feel and look their best, we are asking our community for help! If you, your friends or your colleagues have men’s or women’s plus size clothing—especially pants and jeans—please drop them at My Friend’s Place. Just as our services are not one size fits all, the clothing options for our young people shouldn’t be either. We accept clothing donations Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the visitor’s entrance located at the back of My Friend’s Place. For more information, contact Dana Rust, Development Assistant, at (323) 908-0011 ext. 124 or drust@myfriendsplace.org.

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Animal Companions: Connection and Compassion

Baby GurlIf you’ve had the opportunity to visit My Friend’s Place, chances are you met one of our beloved animals even before having the opportunity to meet our youth. But did you know that My Friend’s Place is one of the few resource centers in Los Angeles where homeless young people’s pets are not only welcomed, but also cared for? Animal companions like Baby Gurl, left, a 6-month-old Blue Nose Pitbull, provide our young people with opportunities to create healthy relationships, receive unconditional love, practice responsibility, emotional regulation and future planning.

Baby Gurl’s young owner, for example, had experienced trauma in the foster care system and was struggling with forming positive relationships in his life. Baby Gurl gave him access to a healthy and loving relationship in which he did not fear abandonment or abuse. My Friend’s Place has been able to offer Baby Gurl access to a veterinary wellness exam, as well as cover the cost of her shots and vaccinations. Our young people’s love for their animals is such a beautiful place of partnership for My Friend’s Place, one where we can support our youth as they gain necessary life skills while also supporting the health and well-being of our four-legged and finned friends.

Thanks to the Happy Hippie Foundation’s continued partnership, My Friend’s Place is able to provide young pet owners with essential resources, as well as assist with critical veterinary care and treatment such as neuter/spay, vaccinations, and injury care. You can help too by providing dog and cat food, leashes, collars, carriers and other pet necessities. For more information, contact Dana Rust, Development Assistant, at (323) 908-0011 ext. 124 or drust@myfriendsplace.org.

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Join The #pushups4mfp $1,000 Challenge!

Are you ready for the $1,000 #pushups4mfp challenge?! You can help #myfriendsplace receive a $1,000 gift just by filming a clip of yourself doing pushups! 5, 20, 50 pushups; every one counts!! Post your clip using  #pushups4mfp and if we collectively hit 10,000 pushups by the Tough Mudder on March 25, a generous supporter will contribute $1,000 in support of homeless youth.

Some of our staff kicked things off earlier today as seen here, so what are you waiting for?! Get to pushing!!!

 

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ELC Wine & Dine Night

You’re invited to our very first ELC Wine & Dine Night! Join the members of our Emerging Leaders Council for an evening of sweet sips and delicious bites on Wednesday, March 8, from 6-9 p.m. as our neighbors over at Tabula Rasa will be donating a portion of the evening’s sales to My Friend’s Place. Feel free to RSVP at the Facebook event page here and be sure and invite your friends to join! Public transportation and/or Lyft are recommended for responsible drinking and tight parking in the surrounding neighborhood.

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