Happy Anniversary! As Friendship Shelter marks 25 years of rebuilding lives, I want to thank you for making this celebration possible.This is YOUR anniversary.As a supporter of the work we do, YOU have made this happen. We are very excited to celebrate with you all year long, and this edition of e-news kicks off our festivities. First up: a reinvigorated “Friendship Dinners” effort. After deciding this year that the “Dinners Across Laguna” name limited us too much given the increasing numbers of people who support us outside Laguna Beach, we turned to longtime supporter and current Board member Bob Mister to lead an effort to increase the number of fundraising dinners held in private homes across southern Orange County. We hope you’ll participate. We’re also planning an amazing gala celebration this fall – look for dates and particulars soon.And each month, on or near the 25th of the month, we’ll send you an edition of e-news with more information about ways we are marking a quarter century of services to homeless people in our community.
Thanks for making this possible. Happy Anniversary to YOU!
Friendship Shelter helps homeless adults achieve self-sufficiency and become more productive members of our community.
~Sunset View from Friendship Shelter, photo courtesy of Lead House Supervisor, Karlie Noyes~
Our self-sufficiency program in Laguna Beach, for which there is always a waiting list, provides a home, three meals daily and a wide range of support services for 32 men and women. Residents are expected to work, save money and develop skills to rebuild their lives. Graduates may apply to Henderson House Transitional Living apartments located in San Clemente, where 24 residents live for up to one year, allowing them to consolidate their gains and continue on the path to fully productive lives. Friendship Shelter operates an emergency overnight shelter with the City of Laguna Beach which shelters 45 individuals each night.
The agency is funded through the generosity of philanthropic individuals, foundations and organizations throughout the area.
Since its inception, more than 6,000 adults have been the recipients of vital services.
Residents come from a broad range of personal and geographical backgrounds. We receive referrals from across Orange County from social workers, church and community organizations, chemical dependency and alcohol recovery programs, mental health agencies, hospitals, and other social services programs.
Anyone may call at any time to determine whether he or she is a candidate and to learn more about the program and procedures for acceptance.
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If you need shelter:
We provide shelter and supportive services for single men and women ages 18+. Click here for Friendship Shelter admission information. If you require immediate shelter or services in south Orange County,call 211 or log on to www.211oc.org