Petra’s Story

I was raised by a single mother in a very poor household in Portland, Oregon. My mother struggled with extreme depression and anxiety, which I later suffered from as well. I was 10 years old and my mother was consistently faced with suicidal thoughts. She remarried when I was 15, but it wasn’t the fairy […]

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My Friend’s Place 2018 Holiday Wish List

          As you can imagine, the holidays can be a particularly challenging time for young people experiencing homelessness. While many in the community are hosting holiday parties with friends and family or purchasing gifts for loved ones, many of our youth experience a profound sense of disconnection during the holidays. Seeking […]

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Jack Black to Host My Friend’s Place 30th Anniversary Gala

My Friend’s Place will commemorate 30 years of providing vital, life-changing services to tens of thousands homeless youth in Los Angeles with a 30th Anniversary Gala event on April 7, 2018 at the Hollywood Palladium. The announcement was made today by the organization’s executive director, Heather Carmichael, along with event co-chairs art consultant Sylvia Chivaratanond […]

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DOUBLE Your Giving Tuesday Support For My Friend’s Place!

“The thing about hunger is that there’s no worse feeling in the world. Being hungry feels like being helpless, like you can’t help yourself. ” –Derrick, a My Friend’s Place youth   For young people struggling with homelessness in Los Angeles, the journey toward lives of wellness and self-sufficiency often starts with a meal offered […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Backpack Drive!

For many of our young people, a backpack is an essential item. It provides a safe place for their belongings, as they travel from place to place. Backpacks are one of our most requested items here at My Friend’s Place. Join us in supporting our young people this month by contributing to our backpack drive! […]

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Andrea first came to My Friend’s Place when she was just 15 years old.

Andrea first came to My Friend’s Place when she was just 15 years old. Disconnected from an unstable family that gave her little support or stability, Andrea* spent years on the streets, trying to care for herself, overcome the trauma of her childhood and remain safe. But she never gave up her dream that the […]

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Support “The Shift” At My Friend’s Place

My Friend’s Place is proud to introduce our newest program, The Shift—an intensive employment readiness program that helps homeless youth see a more stable future for themselves and to pursue meaningful steps toward self-sufficiency by building internal assets and work readiness skills in a safe and supported environment. The Shift, which will serve 30 homeless […]

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Coachella Weekend 2 Opportunity Drawing

We’ve got an incredible opportunity for you to win 2 General Admission wristbands and a car camping pass to Coachella Weekend 2 (April 21-23), featuring performances by Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, the XX, Bon Iver, Lorde, and many, many more! Coachella is happening this weekend in Indio, CA and these wristbands are sold out online! Here’s how it […]

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