My Friend's Place

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

aka My Friend's Place   |   Hollywood, CA   |  www.myfriendsplace.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Ms. Heather Carmichael

Main address

P.O. Box 3867

Hollywood, CA 90078 USA

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EIN

95-4834034

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

L.A. has one of the largest homeless populations in the United States. According to LAHSA’s 2020 count, on any given night, LA County is home to 4,775 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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Safe Haven Program

The Safe Haven Program provides shelter and drop-in services during the day for homeless youth, and engages youth by providing food, clothing, showers, communication services and transportation. These emergency necessities alleviate the demands of survival that often distract youth from participating in educational or health-related activities. Through our Safe Haven Program, staff members take the first steps to build trust with the youth, learn about their individual needs and goals, and make appropriate referrals to in-house case management and mental health services as well as collaborating service providers.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
At-risk youth

The Transformative Education Program seeks to achieve four goals: 1) equip youth with marketable skills, 2) encourage positive behaviors, 3) teach youth how to connect with resources that improve their self-sufficiency, and 4) create an alternative way for staff to build rapport with youth who are reluctant to access more intensive health and mental health services. The Transformative Education Program achieves many of these goals by hosting workshops and one-on-one sessions in the areas of academic achievement, life skills, employment readiness and creative arts.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
At-risk youth

The Health and Well-Being Program provides youth experiencing homelessness with health, medical, and mental health services addressing the complex array of issues shared by this population, including pregnancy and parenting, legal issues, sexual health, HIV prevention and emotional well-being.  Case management services such as advocacy, goal setting, and public benefits assistance are offered by clinical case workers with Master’s in Social Work (MSW) and Licenced Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) qualifications who also conduct crisis intervention and therapy to provide support for trauma, substance abuse, partner violence, anger management and mental health issues.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
At-risk youth

The SHIFT Program is an intensive six-month program that provides youth experiencing homelessness with workforce readiness services including on-site internships, career exploration, case management, social-emotional learning, and skill-building opportunities. The SHIFT aims to inspire, motivate and equip youth to move toward success in employment, school and housing.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Homeless people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth served

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Homeless people, Substance abusers

Related Program

Safe Haven Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of young people accessing skill-building workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

Number of those who successfully gained employment after counseling

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Homeless people

Related Program

Transformative Education Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients who complete job skills training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Homeless people

Related Program

The SHIFT

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of youth accessing case management services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Homeless people

Related Program

Health and Well-Being Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

includes short term and long term case management across triage, housing case management, and ACCESS Center

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Homeless people

Related Program

Health and Well-Being Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children and youth who have received access to stable housing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Homeless people, Out-of-home youth

Related Program

Health and Well-Being Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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.

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. In 2020, My Friend’s Place served nearly 1,200 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

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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My Friend's Place

Board of directors
as of 8/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Cheryl Hayward

Credit West, LLC

Term: 2020 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mr. David Jarrett

No Affiliation

Term: 2018 - 2022

Rodd Barr

Writer, No Affiliation

Kevin Beggs

Lionsgate

Joanie Berkley

Berkley Designs

Ann Develin Blanchard

Creative Artists Agency

Lylle Breier

Walt Disney Studios

Sylvia Chivaratanond

Consultant, No Affiliation

Jay Faires

Board of Outsiders

Toni Morgan

Techera

Michael Oates Palmer

Writer, No Affiliation

Liz Levitt Hirsch

Levitt Pavilions

Tom Loyd

International Research Inc.

Danielle Levinson

Philanthropist, No Affiliation

Angela Helton

Philanthropist

Mary Kincaid

Retired

Rob Long

Writer/Producer

Ryan Murden

Intuit

Sam Rotter

Capital Group Companies

Niji Wamucho

JP Morgan Chase

Ivan Tether

Tether Law

Scott Walker

Firefly Tales, LLC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/02/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data