My Friend’s Place assists and supports LA’s homeless youth — and their kids — in building self-sufficient, sustainable lives. It’s a pretty great endeavor. And it’s a cause close to my heart. Both of my parents made it their life work to assist at-risk youth and help them build their very own lives. It is one of the things I admire most about my parents.
The assistance offered at MFP is low-barrier — which is super helpful because that’s where a lot of social service agencies get bogged down or fail to reach the folks they’re trying to reach. MFP is really mindful of this.
Services run from fulfilling super basic needs, like meals, showers, clean clothes and shoes; to their transformative education programs, like cirque, writing, music, fashion design and pattern-making, all of which are great opportunities to interact with the youth on another level; as well as job-interview and resume building skill workshops, internships, parenting workshops and more traditional social services — like getting the young people jobs and getting them back into housing!
Getting married — literally establishing your life and home together — is a perfect time to think about helping others establish a sustainable life and find a home.
Even if you’re not getting married and looking for a charity to support with your Good Beginning registry, there are some great ways to get involved with My Friend’s Place (besides joining me at the Hollywood Hardrock Fun Run on November 5, although I would love that, too!).
Maybe you’d just like to support the MFP team at the HardRock run, rather than running yourself, and you can do that here.
Or perhaps you’re cleaning out your closet, Marie Kondo style – jeans, jackets, sneakers, and backpacks will be well-loved by the youth. Information about donations can be found on the website.
Weekly fashion design and pattern-making workshop
Guitar workshop! Singing and recording workshops are offered, too!
Regular parenting support and workshops are now offered.
My Friend’s Place STATS:
My Friend’s Place served 1,418 homeless young people last year – over one third of the homeless youth population in Los Angeles
MFP provided nearly 30,000 meals to homeless youth
MFP provided over 540 linkages to on-site and off-site medical care for youth
MFP provided intensive case management to 452 homeless young people
MFP helped over 118 homeless youth successfully move into housing
The 4th Annual Hard Rock Cafe 5K/10K is returning to Hollywood on November 5, 2016 and My Friend’s Place is once again the official nonprofit partner! Starting and finishing at the Hard Rock Cafe, Hollywood, this year’s run will blend iconic Hollywood with iconic music in a one-of-a-kind interactive experience featuring bands, musicians and DJs along the course.
Participants and My Friend’s Place community members will once again have the opportunity to run with Team MFP, or create their own teams, and set up their own fundraising pages on Crowdrise and raise additional funds to support My Friend’s Place!
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