My Friend’s Place Through The Years
Co-founded in 1988 by Steve LePore and Craig Scholz and originally called The Lighthouse, My Friend’s Place formally incorporated in 1990 in order to provide additional services and in April of 1992, opened a facility at 1641 Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood.
The earliest services offered a few hours of respite from the street, food and compassionate, caring adult guidance. During the L.A. riots of 1992, My Friend’s Place was the only facility on Las Palmas to escape damage during the violence. The youth stood in front of the building, demanding that their space be respected because they had no other place to go.
In 1993, due to the dramatic increase of youth seeking services, My Friend’s Place moved to a facility four times the size at 1643 Cherokee Avenue and expanded again in 1996 to 6350 Hollywood Boulevard. At that time, the organization’s budget was $277,500 and featured a staff of four.
In 1998, a dedicated group of supporters and board of directors purchased our current facility, located at 5850 Hollywood Boulevard. In 2000, the organization began providing services in that facility. In 2012, its 24th year of service in Hollywood, My Friend’s Place featured a staff of 14 with an annual budget of $1.3 million, 100% of which is raised from private funds. My Friend's Place was also a founding member of the 7-member Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership (HHYP), and currently collaborates with more than 75 organizations to provide the widest possible range of services to help our youth.
Today, as we celebrate our 31+ years of service, My Friend’s Place continues to meet the needs of thousands of youth who turn to us for assistance and guidance to build self-sufficient lives. With a staff of more than 30 and the support of more than 1,000 volunteers a year, My Friend's Place remains dedicated to ending youth homelessness both in our community and beyond.