About My Friend’s Place
For 33 years and counting, My Friend’s Place has been assisting and inspiring youth experiencing homelessness to build self-sufficient lives. From our early beginnings as a volunteer-based group serving meals from the trunks of cars to the dynamic resource center we operate today, My Friend’s Place offers a comprehensive continuum of services to nearly 1,200 youth experiencing homelessness between the ages of 12 and 25, and their children, each year, helping our young people who are experiencing homelessness to move toward wellness, stability and self-sufficiency.
My Friend’s Place JEDI Vision
My Friend’s Place recognizes homelessness as a social, racial and economic justice issue. As such, we are resolute in our commitment to uplift all youth experiencing homelessness while rigorously, continuously, and concretely aligning our trauma-informed service delivery and organizational framework with guiding principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
My Friend’s Place JEDI Guiding Principles
My Friend’s Place acknowledges and condemns racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism and all forms of oppression. We recognize that the current and historic impact of oppression, colonialism and white supremacy have resulted in a world where youth of color experiencing homelessness continue to be disproportionately and systematically marginalized. Because the young people we serve have a myriad of intersectional identities, it is important to specifically name racism and homophobia because youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth disproportionately experience homelessness. My Friend’s Place commits to being anti-racist and LGBTQ+ affirming.
My Friend’s Place seeks to address the consequences of systemic oppression, including mental and behavioral health, histories of juvenile and adult incarceration, as well as foster care involvement, and understands that these additional intersectional points of power and oppression shape how young people show up and experience the world. My Friend's Place is devoted to consistently reformulating and adjusting our program to ensure youths’ fullness of identities and experiences are met with dignity, compassion and care. My Friend's Place will create opportunities for every young person to feel safe, reimagine, envision and self-define a path of empowerment.
My Friend's Place will aggressively name, address, disrupt and dismantle racism and discrimination, both within our own organization and in all systems that impact the young people and their wellbeing. We remain resolute in our commitment to the youth we serve, as well as our community, and we will unapologetically model and advocate for a more consciously just, equitable, diverse, and inclusionary world.