My Friend’s Place Annual Holiday Party for Youth Experiencing Homeless to take place December 13
Sponsored by My Friend’s Place Champions The Happy Hippie Foundation and Music Superstar Halsey
Hollywood, CA – (December 6, 2019) – My Friend’s Place (myfriendsplace.org), a nonprofit homeless youth resource center providing 31 years of vital, life-changing services to tens of thousands homeless youth in Los Angeles, will once again celebrate the holidays alongside hundreds of youth experiencing homelessness on Friday, December 13, 2019. Taking place at the organization’s Hollywood Boulevard location, the event will feature a special lunch, holiday gifts, a visit from Santa and other surprise guests, while providing a chance to celebrate in community and enjoy some holiday cheer.
Thanks in large part to continued support from Miley Cyrus’ Happy Hippie Foundation and My Friend’s Place Champion Halsey, 200-plus youth experiencing homelessness, as well as alumni of My Friend’s Place, will be welcomed on Dec. 13 to experience a winter wonderland, produced by On Track Themes and St. Nick's Christmas Lighting & Décor.
My Friend’s Place is also excited to welcome the Citypak Project to this year’s holiday initiative of the Selma Breskin Kaplan Foundation and manufactured by High Sierra, provides safe, convenient and versatile backpacks uniquely designed to meet the constantly changing needs of homeless individuals. This year, all My Friend’s Place Holiday Party attendees will receive a Citypak, underwritten by Paradigm Talent Agency, in addition to sleeping bags, sweatshirts and other gifts made possible by our event sponsors and organization’s supporters.
“Without community and connection, the holidays can be a difficult time of year for any of us, but especially young people experiencing homelessness,” said Heather Carmichael, My Friend’s Place Executive Director.
“How extraordinary that we have these amazing supporters and volunteers by our side to ensure that our youth feel connected and cared for this time of year. We are so appreciative of our partners for helping to provide gifts that bring both joy to our youth, while also helping to alleviate some of the stress that comes with daily survival on the streets.”
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About My Friend’s Place: On January 8, 1988, two friends working in Hollywood were compelled to help the homeless youth who populated the sidewalks just outside of their office door. Determined to effect change, no matter how small, the co-founders of My Friend’s Place, Steve LePore and Craig Scholz, began spending their break time making and distributing sack lunches to the young people living on the streets. Soon, this simple act became a grassroots movement and Steve and Craig had assembled a group of kind- hearted volunteers who traversed Hollywood delivering meals. After countless hours of interactions with these young people, the duo realized providing meals only addressed a small portion of the issue. Within a year, the idea was born for creating a judgment-free, “safe place” where intangible needs such as physical and mental health services, creative outlets and employment and education assistance could be met. Thirty-one years later, My Friend’s Place has grown into a dynamic resource center that offers a comprehensive continuum of services to nearly 1,400 homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 25, and their children, each year. Through the expansive programming offered at its
Hollywood location, My Friend’s Place provided more than 30,000 meals last year, in addition to engaging nearly 500 young people in more than 700 creative and living arts workshops across 21,000 individual visits.
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