MY FRIENDS PLACE

DSC_9360

We had the most wonderful time helping make My Friend’s Place Spring Fling so spectacular! Everyone involved— from the staff to volunteers and, most importantly, the youth—had such an incredible time. The youngin’s looked so fantastic and loved their glam experience. We are honored to have been a part of this wonderful day, helping youth look and feel their best, which has positive benefits far beyond Prom night. Helping instill confidence and self-assurance early on is key to success later in life, and we are so appreciative to have been along for the ride. It was a pleasure to see the joy on these beautiful humans’ faces.

Mission Statement: My Friend’s Place assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives.

In 1988, Steve LePore and Craig Scholz initiated a volunteer-led, mobile meal program to distribute sack lunches to the homeless youth in the Hollywood community. Soon the volunteers built trust with the young people and realized that youth are driven to the streets by abuse, abandonment and neglect by families and caregivers. The needs and challenges of homeless youth go well beyond the critical condition of hunger.

Two years later, the volunteer group first opened the doors of a facility they called My Friend’s Place where they began to offer social services and creative opportunities in addition to basic needs . Today, My Friend’s Place is a thriving, professionally staffed drop-in Resource Center serving over 1,400 homeless youth ages 12 to 25 and their children each year. Our primary goal is to lower traditional barriers to service and provide homeless youth with the opportunity to improve their psychological, intellectual and physical capacity to reach their potential.