Youth Speak, and we listen.

Youth speak, and we listen. At My Friend’s Place, we listen every day as young people experiencing homelessness share their stories, their needs and their hopes for the future. Their desires to heal from past hurts and to find a community where they belong. Their goals of finding a job that they enjoy and a home that they can call their own. Their dreams of a safer, more stable life for themselves and their children.

We listen as we have since My Friend’s Place began providing care to youth experiencing homelessness more than 31 years ago. Through the years, our programs and services have evolved in response to the needs voiced by the young people who come to My Friend’s Place each day, growing into a robust continuum of care driven and shaped by the young people themselves. This year My Friend’s Place found a new way in which to listen to our youth. Informed by our participation in Listen4Good, a Fund for Shared Insight initiative helping organizations to build high quality, client-focused feedback loops that lead to meaningful change, youth at My Friend’s Place recently participated in a survey regarding their experiences with our programming. While we were thrilled to learn that young people’s experience at My Friend’s Place is overwhelmingly positive, the survey results confirmed what we have long known. Our young people feel that greater access to the programs and services of My Friend’s Place would help them to more fully meet their needs and make greater progress toward stability.

Our youth spoke. We listened. And now, with your support, My Friend’s Place is ready to take action and increase the number of hours each week that we are open and accessible to young people! Starting this July, My Friend’s Place will be open to youth for an additional 6 hours each week—increasing the amount of time during which youth can access our programs and services by 30%! This increase in hours means that we will soon be able to provide youth with greater access to vital programming that includes day shelter, meals, showers, creative arts workshops, employment readiness programming, case management services and so many other services which help young people to meet their immediate needs and take important steps toward greater stability and self-sufficiency. Aside from the tangible, the additional hours each week will create more opportunities for connection and care, ensuring My Friend’s Place can continue to be a place of safety and support for the most vulnerable members of our community.

Our youth spoke, we listened and we are positioned to take action! But first, we need your help to make this goal of greater access, opportunity and care for our youth a reality! This June, we have a goal to raise $20,000 to expand our hours for youth starting in July, and also begin our new fiscal year in a place of great strength and stability. Please consider making a gift of support by June 30th to ensure that My Friend’s Place can provide even more care, community and connection to support young people on their journeys toward a permanent exit from homelessness.

Click here to provide six more hours of critical services to young people experiencing homelessness!

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April Showers at My Friend’s Place

This Spring, help the youth of My Friend’s Place stay warm and dry by shopping our Amazon Wish List or hosting a drive in your community!

Youth are currently in need of:

  • Ponchos
  • Rain Coats
  • Tents
  • Umbrellas
  • Jackets
  • Tarps
  • Hoodies
  • Backpacks
  • Bath Towels
  • Shower Shoes/Flip Flops
  • $10 Target Gift Cards

Your gift has the power to brighten a young person’s day!

Email to schedule a drop-off or for help coordinating a drive, or click here to shop our Amazon Wish List and send a gift directly to My Friend’s Place.

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Announcing our 2019 Champions of the Year

My Friend’s Place is excited to announcing it will honor GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter Halsey, actress, dancer, and model Maddie Ziegler, actress, dancer, and singer Mackenzie Ziegler, fashion brand ModCloth, and others at its annual Gala event, “Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit For My Friend’s Place,” on April 6, 2019 at the Hollywood Palladium, it was announced today by the organization’s Executive Director Heather Carmichael, along with event co-chairs Gregory Butler, CEO & Co-Founder of ReCain and ShadowScience /Co-Creator-Executive Producer of a new A&E investigative series for Fall 2019; and Anticipate Productions Founder Chase Simonds.

The Gala is open to the public and ticket/sponsorship package information is available at:,

“We are thrilled to honor our 2019 Champions at Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit For My Friend’s Place—a night that will bring together our amazing Honorees – including Halsey, Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler, and ModCloth – with our organization’s past and present Board of Directors, and our supporters, volunteers and alumni,” said Ms. Carmichael. “Connection, community, visibility and the space to craft one’s own identity is at the core of the work being done at My Friend’s Place. It is there, standing by our side in partnership, that you will find our 2019 Honorees, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to our young people. While reflecting on our 31-year history in Los Angeles, we feel fortunate to celebrate our amazing community, and remain resolute in our mission of developing and sustaining innovative programming with the goal of ending youth homelessness, one young person at a time.”

For one special night, more than 500 business and philanthropic leaders, community members and advocates for homeless youth will come together to celebrate My Friend’s Place and the champions of our community who make transformative opportunities possible for young people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. An evening of festivities that includes world-class entertainment, dining and auctions, Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit For My Friend’s Place celebrates the partners who have tirelessly worked to help My Friend’s Place become the organization that it is today.

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Bishops Cuts/Color in Pasadena Partners with My Friend’s Place!

We are so thrilled to announce the launch of an incredible new partnership between My Friend’s Place and Bishops Cuts/Color Pasadena. Franchise owners David and Shirley Lara have been long-time friends and supporters of My Friend’s Place, and have committed an extraordinary amount of time and energy into helping young people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. For eight years, David served on the My Friend’s Place board of directors, and now now serves on our counsel of advisors. 

This year, David and Shirley have brought together their passion for helping homeless youth with their entrepreneurial spirit by launching Bishops Cuts/Color Pasadena, the first of several Bishops locations that they will open in Los Angeles in the near future. Founded in Portland in 2001, Bishops Cuts/Color is a chain of unisex salons offering a la carte services including haircuts, coloring, highlighting, beard trimming, shaving, styling and more, and embraces an ideology of doing good and giving back to a diverse pool of nonprofit organizations in local communities. Committed to providing style at affordable rates, Bishops salons combine social good with getting a great haircut. Bishops is women and minority-owned, and LGBTQIA+ led and staffed, reflecting My Friend’s Place’s commitment to equity and opportunity for individuals of all backgrounds and identities.

Motivated by their desire to give back and Bishops’ commitment to community investment and empowerment, David and Shirley decided to take the philanthropic efforts of Bishops Pasadena to the next level by committing to permanently donate 10% of its net profits to My Friend’s Place, with the hope that they will be able to grow this philanthropically-focused business model and have a meaningful impact in the lives of young people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.  Eventually, Bishops Pasadena hopes to explore an expanded partnership with My Friend’s Place that might support skill-building and employment-readiness internships for youth experiencing homelessness.

For more information on Bishops, visit their official website!

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Provide a Meal for a Young Person Experiencing Homelessness Today

Many of the young people who visit My Friend’s Place every day rely on federal subsidies to feed themselves, especially when we are closed on the weekends. As a result of the government shutdown, food assistance programs are on hold and many of our young people face an incredibly stressful challenge within the coming weeks — how to find food beyond what we already provide. No one should endure the stress of not knowing when and where their next meal will come from, which is why we need your help right now.

There are several ways that you can help feed young people accessing services at My Friend’s Place:

  1. Order $10 Kroger/Ralph’s gift cards, and have them delivered to: My Friend’s Place, P.O. Box 3867, Los Angeles, CA 90078
  2. Purchase $10 gift cards at your local grocery store and mail them to: My Friend’s Place, P.O. Box 3867, Los Angeles, CA 90078
  3. Make a direct $10 gift, and specify in the message section of the gift form that you would like your contribution to supply groceries to one of our young people

Please be advised that gift card amounts cannot exceed $10. If you’re interested in making a larger contribution, your generosity is greatly appreciated! However, we ask that you please do so in the form of multiple $10 gift cards rather than one large gift card.

On behalf of all of us at My Friend’s Place, thank you for the unwavering compassion, understanding and support you show for our young people. We are incredibly grateful for your partnership, which allows us to ensure that youth experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles are provided with these absolutely essential resources.

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