Our vision is to end homelessness in south Orange County, one person at a time, by focusing on finding the most appropriate permanent housing solution for each individual who walks through our doors. Join us today!
We are saddened to announce that our founder, Colin Henderson, has passed away. Read our full statement and celebrate Colin's legacy by clicking below
Compassion & Acceptance • Responsibility • Integrity
Creativity & Flexibility • Community
Friendship Shelter was incorporated in 1988 to provide year-round shelter and rehabilitation to homeless adults. Today we provide a full complement of services to the most vulnerable homeless people in our community, and are focused on finding the most appropriate permanent housing solution for each individual. Our programs follow the framework of three evidence-based practices: housing first, harm reduction, and recovery model. We have worked with more than 10,000 people to end their homelessness and are proud that each night more than 160 homeless and formerly homeless people sleep safe, warm, and cared for in one of our programs.
Meet just a few of the people your support helps.
Alex is one of our Guest Chef volunteers who brings meals to both of our shelters on a monthly basis. Her assembly line of sandwiches and a sweet treat for the men and women we work with at our Bridge Housing Program and ASL Emergency Shelter can be seen here. Alex has been long committed to the issue of housing in her community, and also happens to be a great cook! Providing three meals daily for guests in two shelter programs is no small feat and takes financial and staff resources. We're so grateful to our volunteers like Alex, who help our organization in this meaningful way! Click here to explore our volunteer opportunities or send us an email.