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 [email protected] 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: www.mfpgala.givesmart.com,

“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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Thanks For Making December a Great Success!

We did it! Thanks to you, My Friend’s Place surpassed our monumental goal of raising $450,000 for our end of year campaign. Support from generous community members allowed us to maximize and fully leverage a triple match of $150,000 from our board of directors and friends. These gifts establish a strong foundation on which we begin the new year, and help sustain our extensive range of programming and services to provide a comprehensive system of support for young people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Thank you! 

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