Human Services

My Friend's Place

Assisting and inspiring homeless youth to build lives of stability and self-sufficiency.

aka My Friend's Place

Hollywood, CA

Mission

My Friend’s Place assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives.

Ruling Year

2001

Executive Director

Ms. Heather Carmichael

Main Address

P.O. Box 3867

Hollywood, CA 90078 USA

Keywords

homeless, youth, abuse, hunger, poverty, education, health, Hollywood, kids, teens, creative arts, Los Angeles, mental health, substance

EIN

95-4834034

 Number

4224052557

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

L.A. has one of the largest homeless populations in the United States. According to LAHSA’s 2018 count, on any given night, LA County is home to 3,306 homeless youth age 24 and under. Youth become homeless for a variety of reasons. Many young people are escaping abusive homes, community violence and extreme poverty, while others have exited from foster care and juvenile justice systems with insufficient skills and few resources and still others were raised by families caught in the cycle of homelessness. The dangers of life on the streets put homeless young people at high risk for physical and sexual assault, substance abuse and physical illness, including HIV/AIDS. Combined, these realities severely compromise the health and wellbeing of homeless youth. Without appropriate and compassionate intervention, homeless youth are at high risk of entering into a devastating cycle of chronic homelessness, dependence on welfare and aversion to normative social interaction and engagement.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Safe Haven Program

Transformative Education Program

Health and Well-Being Program

The SHIFT

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of youth served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

LGBTQ people,

At-risk youth,

Homeless people

Related program

Safe Haven Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of meals served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Homeless people,

People who abuse drugs, alcohol, or other substances

Related program

Safe Haven Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of young people accessing skill-building workshops

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Homeless people,

People with psychosocial disabilities

Related program

Transformative Education Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

My Friend's Place serves homeless youth in Los Angeles between 12 and 25 and their children through a comprehensive continuum of care that provides youth with a variety of pathways, entry points and steps to engage in program opportunities that equip and empower youth to take greater ownership of their futures. My Friend’s Place utilizes best practices and evidence-informed, innovative programming to increase each young person’s ability to meet their basic physical and emotional needs, identify and connect to relevant community resources and build their sense of self-respect and self-sufficiency. The primary goals underlying all programs at My Friend’s Place are to build trust with the homeless young people, lower the traditional barriers many youth experience when attempting to access services provide a wide range of services to maximize the psychological, intellectual, and physical capacity of youth in crisis and move youth toward lives of stability and self-sufficiency.

My Friend’s Place engages youth through three high-impact program areas: 1) Our Safe Haven Program provides daytime shelter and drop-in services including food, clothing, showers, and communication and transportation services that alleviate the demands of survival that often distract youth from participating in activities that support long-term stability and self-sufficiency; 2) Our Transformative Education Program provides creative arts, education and employment readiness workshops and one-on-one sessions to provide youth with valuable opportunities for skill-building, personal expression and development; and 3) Our Health and Well-Being Program provides youth with physical and mental health services and support addressing issues such as pregnancy and parenting, sexual health, substance abuse, partner violence, emotional well-being, and documentation support, with the ultimate goal of moving youth toward housing and self-sufficiency.

Collectively, our staff of 30 full and part time dedicated professionals possesses substantial hands-on experience with homeless youth that allow us to effectively design, implement and oversee the programs of My Friend’s Place. Our organization is led by Heather Carmichael, LCSW, Executive Director, who has more than 25 years of experience providing organizational leadership, directing clinical care and developing therapeutically appropriate programming. My Friend’s Place also has an exceptionally committed Board of Directors that provides leadership through active engagement in governance, financial oversight, fundraising efforts and strategic planning. In addition, over 1,000 volunteers each year greatly increase our ability to provide the most impactful services for our youth. Recognizing the importance of collaborative effort across public systems and private agencies, we currently partner with more than 75 organizations to bring the broadest possible range of services to youth.

My Friend’s Place tracks our progress toward objectives through a combination of qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods. We evaluate data through analysis of client participation in activities and events, feedback from clients, recorded participation of clients in the continuum of services before and after activities, qualitative case notes, and response from our network of community partners. While the transient nature of the youth accessing services creates an ongoing challenge in measuring the impact of our services, My Friend's Place continues to work toward more sophisticated documentation methods to better track outcomes and conduct higher-level analytics.

Since its inception, My Friend’s Place has helped tens of thousands youth experiencing homelessness between the ages of 12 and 25 discover a path to wellness, self-sufficiency and a permanent exit from homelessness. In collaboration with leading social service providers and educational institutions in the region and more than 800 annual volunteers, My Friend’s Place offers a free and comprehensive continuum of care that combines emergency necessities with therapeutic, health and education services. Over the years, My Friend’s Place staff and volunteers have witnessed many of their young people move on to healthy, stable lives and achieve rewarding professions—from writers and musicians to a practicing physician. Over thirty years later, My Friend’s Place has serviced to more than 1,400 homeless youth and their children, provided more than 30,000 meals and engaged nearly 500 young people in more than 700 creative and living arts workshops across 21,000 individual visits in 2018.

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Financials

My Friend's Place

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Diversity Strategies

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