Mission page

Friendship Shelter helps homeless adults achieve self-sufficiency and become more productive members of our community.

Join Us for Giving Day and help make more of an impact on the homeless men and women in our community.

From 6:00 AM April 21 - 12:00 PM April 22, all gifts will go even further thanks to a generous bonus fund through the Orange County Community Foundation. Click Here to visit our Giving Day page!

Get Involved: Host a Friendship Shelter Dinner

Friendship Shelter Dinners are a truly special way to have a great time with friends and family while making a significant contribution to our community.

As a host, the flexibility is all yours. You choose the date, the guest list, and the type of event you want to organize. Invite as many guests as you’d like, and ask them to contribute what you think is appropriate. We’ll arrange for a current Friendship Shelter resident or graduate, along with a staff member or Board member, to speak at each event, inspiring guests with their personal story.

For more information, or if you’d like to host a dinner, please contact Kristin at 949-494-6928 or kpoints@friendshipshelter.org

What’s New this year at Friendship Shelter: Permanent Supportive Housing

Permanent Supportive Housing is a widely-accepted national best-practice in homeless services that greatly reduces the harm homeless people experience through their lives on the street, and significantly reduces the cost of homelessness for our community. We believe that Permanent Supportive Housing is a logical extension of our current work and a way to expand our services to meet our community’s growing need.

We recently launched a Scattered-Site Permanent Supportive Housing program in South Orange County and are working with the City of Laguna Beach on a Permanent Supportive Housing proposal. Please visit www.friendsofsupportivehousing.org to read more about our proposal, add your name to the growing list of community supporters, and find the answers to your questions.


Sunset View from Friendship Shelter
Photo courtesy of Lead House Supervisor, Karlie Noyes

About Us

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.

In addition to the Self-Sufficiency Program, Friendship Shelter operates an emergency overnight shelter with the City of Laguna Beach, and has established a Permanent Supportive Housing Program. For more information on these, please visit our programs page.

The agency is funded through the generosity of philanthropic individuals, foundations and organizations throughout the area.

Since its inception, more than 10,000 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

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Friendship Shelter, Inc.
P.O. Box 4252, Laguna Beach, CA 92652
Phone: (949) 494-6928 - Fax: (949) 497-4324
E-mail: Click here to e-mail us

Friendship Shelter is a 501(c)3 Not-For-Profit Organization.

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