Drop-In Center and Clinic

Medical-Care

 

Welcome Center

Our Welcome Center is a place where individuals experiencing homelessness can find a place of safety off of the streets. The center provides basic needs such as food, showers, laundry, supplies, and free medical and psychiatric care. Participants are encouraged to access case management services from staff, including referrals to community resources, supportive counseling, assessments for housing and mental health services, and assistance in achieving participant-identified goals.
 
What We Offer:

  • Meals
  • Shower and laundry
  • Case Management
  • Medical and psychiatric care
  • Coordinated Entry Assessment

 

Medical Care

Living on the streets can age someone 10 years in just one year, yet many homeless people won’t seek medical care if they have to go through a lot of red tape to get it. At Friendship Place, there’s no red tape, no appointment needed. Participants can walk in off the street and see the doctor or nurse on a walk-in basis.

Through Unity Health Care, Dr. Amy Kossoff has been staffing the Friendship Place medical clinic for the past 10 years. She understands that living on the streets is hard on the body and the mind, and she treats every patient with respect and dignity. In the words of one patient, “She is a wonderful lady, the politest, kindest person I have ever met.” Another says, “Instead of just telling you what she thinks, she allows you to share, and then she helps you. She does it in a manner that doesn’t take away your humanity.”

If one of her patients needs to see a specialist, Dr. Kossoff reaches out to her network of health care colleagues to find someone who will provide pro bono care. When a patient is admitted to the hospital, Amy is often the first person they see in the morning and the last person they see in the evening.

Our medical clinic provides about 700 consultations a year to men and women whose illnesses might otherwise go untreated.

 

Mental Health Care

Friendship Place is the only place in upper northwest DC where homeless men and women can receive free psychiatric care. Our philosophy is to remove barriers to the care that our homeless neighbors so desperately need. Consequently, our psychiatric services are unusually accessible:

  • We offer “one-stop shopping.” Participants can see the psychiatrist at our Welcome Center — the same location where they can have a cup of coffee, pick up their mail, do their laundry or talk to a case manager. This allows us to build trust over time with people who may initially resist seeing the psychiatrist. If we had to refer people to a large, impersonal mental health agency across town, they would likely never seek the help they need.
  • We offer people same-day appointments. The average wait for an uninsured homeless person to see a psychiatrist elsewhere in the District is up to eight weeks — another serious barrier to urgently needed treatment.
  • We offer people the opportunity to see the psychiatrist “no questions asked.” We require no proof of identity, no insurance, no social security number. This allows us to serve people who would be turned down elsewhere and allows the psychiatrist to build trust over time with people who may not initially wish to reveal their identity.

For homeless individuals with mental health issues, psychiatric care is the foundation of recovery. Receiving treatment can turn their lives around completely.

The District of Columbia does not reimburse psychiatric services for the uninsured. Friendship Place raises 100 percent of the funding for the operation of our mental health clinic from private sources.

Our mental health clinic provides about 300 consultations a year.

 

Hours

Medical Clinic: Mondays 1-4pm, Wednesdays 1-3pm
Psychiatric Care: Thursdays 1-4pm (by appointment)

All medical and psychiatric services operate out of the Friendship Place Welcome Center.

4713 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016.
For more information call 202.364.1419.

 

Come visit us

4713 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Welcome Center Hours of Operations:
Mondays: 8:30am-11:30am and 1pm-4pm
Wednesdays/Thursdays: 8:30am-11:30am and 1pm-3pm
Fridays: 8:30am-11:30am

Connect with us    202.364.1419    info@friendshipplace.org
phone: 202.364.1419
mail: info@friendshipplace.org

Welcome Center
4713 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC 20016

Welcome Center Hours
Mondays: 8:30am - 11:30am and 1pm - 4pm
Tuesdays: By appointment only
Wednesdays | Thursdays: 8:30am - 11:30am and 1pm - 3pm
Fridays: Closed

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