Your investment in Friendship Shelter means more today than ever before. Through the generosity of our community, last year alone we touched 551 people in one of our programs, and helped 122 people move out of homelessness and into permanent housing. 97% of our clients retained their permanent housing without a return to homelessness. In other words, they are Home for Good.
Friendship Shelter's vision is to end homelessness in south Orange County through permanent housing solutions. But that's just the beginning...While ending homelessness is essential to the overall health of our community, helping our clients achieve housing stability is critical.
Each year we help approximately 100 people move off the streets or out of shelter and into permanent housing. Every dollar we raise will ensure that the next 100 people we house will have the resources needed to stay safe and stable in their new home.
Will you join us today and help welcome more people Home for Good?
We often say that at Friendship Shelter our “secret sauce” is our people. It’s the frontline staff who show up to work each day. It’s our housing clients who have shown resilience in the face of challenge and change. And it’s you – our supporters – who haven’t missed a beat in helping when we ask, giving us your vote of confidence that we do all we can to ensure our clients are cared for while we work to permanently end homelessness for each person who walks through our doors.
With your support, we can...
Recruit and retain professional staff while offering fair and competitive compensation. Staffing stability builds trust with our clients, making it possible to help them stay safely housed, permanently ending their homelessness.
Connect clients to mental and physical health care services, including in-home visits with psychiatric nurse practitioners
who create lasting relationships with our clients, building trust and delivering high-quality care.
Navigate complex relationships with landlords and property owners. Friendship Shelter staff serve as key relationship managers, facilitating in-home repairs, ensuring rent is paid on time, and more.
IN THE NEWS
L.A. County homeless services workers can’t afford housing themselves, study finds
"Front line workers essential to solving Los Angeles County’s homelessness crisis do not make enough money to afford housing themselves, leading to burnout and high turnover, a new report has found.
According to the study, the low pay places financial, emotional and health burdens on workers already facing hazardous and stressful conditions. They eventually leave for other careers, creating staffing shortages that ultimately affect the quality of care given to people experiencing homelessness."