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We're making improvements August 2013

Our facilities upgrades are continuing! After some wonderful volunteer groups helped to paint our downstairs floor and the resident bedrooms, maintenance supervisor Gabriel and his son (above) are repainting the entry way. We will replace the flooring in the entire house as soon as painting is complete. Thanks to Cindy Ortiz-Plant for helping us get quality flooring at a great price!


Stay tuned for more pictures of our improvements.

It's our Anniversary and we're registered!

Friendship Shelter now has a registry! The items on the registry are for facilities improvements, projects, and resident needs. Visit the registry or go to and search for Friendship Shelter. Items can be shipped to us directly (please call for address: 949 494 6928) unless you'd like to drop them off personally. Please send notice that you've donated an item so we can keep track!

We have a lot to be thankful for these days! We've been busy with facility projects and fortunate to have the help from many important groups and community volunteers. A very big THANK YOU to all who have helped to improve our facility, but more, thanks to all of our supporters, volunteers and advocates. We could not provide services for the homeless without such wonderful community involvment and YOUR help.




Thank you to PIMCO serving dinner at the Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL)! PIMCO has served dinners at Friendship Shelter for many years, but for the past two years they have been further generous to provide dinner at the ASL as part of the Global week of volunteering. Dinner was provided by MJ's Cafe, a neighbor of the PIMCO office in Newport Beach. Lindsey who is a Friendship Shelter graduate, works at MJ's and coordinates the donation of the meal. "We're honored to have PIMCO as a partner and we're especially appreciative of Lindsey for the care she takes to make the meals healthy," says Dawn Price, Friendship Shelter Executive Director. Healthy meals are best for minds in recovery. Below PIMCO offers a donation to Friendship Shelter.



Thank you to Doug and Judy Anderson for donating new carpet for two of the men's rooms at Friendship Shelter. This is a huge step forward in our facility makeover!



Jones Day of Irvine brought an enthusiastic team of 27 employees to paint the common areas of our first floor on Coast Highway. The colors are cheerful, the volunteers were excited and a lot was accomplished in a short amount of time. Jones Day also sponsored the painting project. Thanks to their hardworking team we have another key part of our facility makeover DONE!



Former Board Member Kathryn Rooklidge and her husband Bill took on the difficult task of painting the kitchen.






This group enjoyed their designated "tangerine" paint color in the hall. Great teamwork!














Family Service Teams from One OC come once a month to make food for our residents. It's a fun time and a BIG help. We appreciate you!


Owner Rick Baedeker donated Gelato for a special summer treat! Residents were delighted for a cool dessert. He's always so generous to us.


South Laguna Community Garden Park


South Laguna Community Garden has designated a garden plot for Friendship Shelter. The plot is growing produce to harvest and donate to Friendship Shelter on an ongoing basis. Special thanks to Sally Coffey (pictured above) for coordinating this regular donation. Thank you for keeping us stocked with healthy veggies!



Casey's Cupcakes

Dropped off dozens of cupcakes last week. Residents were delighted to have a special treat! Below Roy Zipstein, all-star volunteer received the donation with a smile!




DaVita Kidney Care emloyees from their Irvine location donated sack lunches with healthy food and motivational messages!









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Friendship Shelter's Mark Miller and Dawn Price, hosts a weekly radio show with Scott Hays on KX 93.5, Laguna's ONLY FM! Be sure to listen to "The Friendship Show" on Saturday mornings at 9am to learn about what people are doing to make a significant difference in our community. CLICK HERE to listen live!



Orange County's Section 8 Waiting List Update February 2012

Thirteen Friendship Shelter volunteers are assiting clients and members of the Orange County's public apply for Orange County's Section 8 Housing Voucher waiting list before the closing deadline of February 29th. We've submitted over 70 applications so far and hope to reach 150+ by the closing deadline.

Extra special thanks to Kay Ostensen, Jane Stahlheber, Kathi Christensen, Tony Rogers, Carole Urie-Chickering, Anita Razin (pictured), and Anne Wood.

“The Section 8 Waiting List is the only opportunity for very low-income families, seniors, disabled persons, and individuals to obtain a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher.  Due to the limited number of vouchers and the large number of people that applied, the last time OCHA’s Waiting List was last opened was November 2005. The February 2012 Waiting List opening may be the only opportunity for Orange County residents to apply for many years to come.” – Karen Roper, OC Community Services.

We are honored to be among the agencies that Orange County is relying on to ensure that all who qualify have the opportunity to apply for the waiting list.

Read more from the OC Register here.


Community Garden at Henderson House, San Clemente Ongoing

With the support of the city, Mission Hospital, and San Clemente Green, community members worked together to plant and maintain a neighborhood garden that will grow local produce to be enjoyed by all!

Special thanks to Gary Headrick and Denise Obrero.

Click here to read about this project in the San Clemente Times. See how far this project has come and follow them on Facebook- it's a great thing for the family to do on a Saturday!

The Artists' Collective Update 2012

Friendship Shelter's Artists' Collective is a group of artists, who have all had a common experience of homelessness and have benefitted from Friendship Shelter programs. The group meets regularly to share ideas and support one another in their artistic endeavors. "The Collective" challenges its audience to confront and accept the full humanity of each individual who is homeless. The group is led by Karen Redding, PhD, LCSW, artist.

Check out the Artists' Collective facebook page here.

(pictured left) Terrell Washington Anansi's "Considered"

Resonating on this piece, Terrell shares that he is "loving this journey of honoring women... in memory of my mother."


Below is Darryl Gober's latest piece, almost complete. See the finished piece by following "The Artists' Collective" facebook page here.












(pictured left) Karen Redding's photography from her travels to Myanmar (formerly Burma). "With the sanctions there lessening, the spirit of the place is breaking OPEN. The military presence is still strong, but change is IN THE AIR. People are excited and welcoming to see American (and British) tourists.




Profiles in Friendship: Karen K. Redding

I first met Karen when she had so graciously agreed to serve as Clinical Supervisor for our Interns with USC’s Master level Social Work program,” says Mark Miller FSI Associate Executive and Director of Programs. “Karen, along with her colleague, Kay Ostensen, Ph.D., has played a crucial role in elevating the quality and effectiveness of the support we offer our residents. In that first meeting, it was easy to see that she had much more to offer than her clinical credentials. Her presence and her wisdom (beyond intellect) were immediately apparent.  To ‘hang’ in any experience with Karen is to leave no stone unturned, no expression wasted.  Her whole being is about discovering the truth and heart of the matter.

“Karen shares much of her work and her self with us, including leading an exploratory group with fellow artists who are graduates or residents of Friendship Shelter. I am such a fan of her process, her ability to meld many disciplines into one beautiful image that captures the dignity of humanity. This is a core value in our organization, and though cliché, is a picture truly worth a thousand words.”   

Mark Miller: You’ve documented your encounters through photographs of people around the world. What makes you decide what to photograph and what not to photograph?

Karen Redding: My life experiences as a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst inspire my relationship to my subject and the way I interpret what I see. For example, when I go to the tribal villages, I don’t immediately start clicking my camera. I try to be there, to “show up” and be present in the setting and the cultural circumstances. I take some time to walk around the village; to take notice of what the people are doing; what they are wearing; how they are preparing food; and how they seem to be responding to “outsiders” being there. I may use non-verbal gestures and expressions to engage in playful ways.

For the most part, the indigenous people tend to see that I am “with them,” that I am curious and interested. I know that my photography resonates when I can feel rapport.

MM: It’s extraordinary that you’re able to take these photographs on site and to share them with the world. But I must ask you, what is it like to be a visitor in parts of the world that know such hardship?

KR: So often, many of us feel a sense of guilt, sadness, helplessness and powerlessness when we bear witness to scarcities and deprivations. Perhaps, in Judith Nelson’s words, finding a way to really “be there” and give back takes us out of a “shared trauma” and into a “shared compassion.” It becomes a challenge to transform our “global grief” into global reorganization, leading us to the acquisition of a universal compassion, by seeing others more deeply and learning their stories.

MM: What do you hope to accomplish through your photography?

KR: I hope to bridge perceived differences across our human landscape of diversity by communicating a message that we are essentially one people with many variations.

MM: What does that bridge mean to the people who you photograph?

KR: We stayed with the Waghi Tribe in Papua New Guinea. We were taken by the tribe’s hospitality and warmth. Later, when I sent a donation from the proceeds of the sale of my photographs to this tribe, I received a letter from their local tourism guide, Lawrence Walep. In it he said: “It is a great surprise for all of us to see that our name and village was published in your local newspaper and photography show. We do not know how much we can thank you for remembering us in trying to connect us with the rest of the world. We believe in our hearts that your hope has become our hope as well to facilitate a way of seeing that bridges differences, so that each one of us can feel our own ‘tribal’ roots in our diverse and shared humanity.”

This trip became a model for me in making art with photography, while also creating an exchange to give back to the local people.

MM: Thank you for sharing your work and your art with us, Karen.

KR: You’re welcome. And thank you for the work you do at the Friendship Shelter.

Karen K Redding, LCSW, Ph.D., is a clinical social worker, psychoanalyst and artist with a private practice in Laguna Beach, CA. Dr. Redding provides clinical supervision to Friendship Shelter case management interns who are completing their master’s program in social work at USC, as well as leading a series of groups for artists who have experienced homelessness. Selected pieces from Her “Travels Through Humanity” series of photographs are currently on display at Friendship Shelter and may be purchased, with 20% of the proceeds going to benefit residents of Friendship Shelter’s Self Sufficiency program serving homeless adults.

You can visit more of Karen’s work at:

Friendship Shelter graduates celebrate their artistic talents December 2010

Click here to read more about the "Artists' Collective" in the Laguna Beach Independent

Temple Bat Yahm's Food Drive Provides Nourishment September 2010

Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach generously donated two truckloads full of food to Friendship Shelter. We're grateful to have a stocked pantry this fall thanks to their food drive!

Volunteers Ted Mcdonald, Jill Edwards, John Bernstein and the Israel family were kind to donate their time to help with this project.

"Shelter Me" Musical CD for Friendship Shelter

A remarkable anthology of music infused with hope and enlightened by musicians living on the streets. This one-of-a-kind compilation includes songs written by and for the homeless and recorded by professional Southern California musicians, including homeless musicians...learn more

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