Friendship Place offers a variety of great events each year to support our mission to end homelessness in the DC region. No matter where your interests lie, whether you’re looking to learn more about our work, to enjoy a music concert, or just looking for an academically enriching engagement, we have you covered. View our list of events below or contact Chris Rutledge at for more information.

  • Open Doors at Friendship Place

    • Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 6:30 pm
    Friendship Place Community Center, Washington DC

    A free, informal, 45-minute introduction to the work of Friendship Place for individuals and groups who want to learn how our community is creating lasting and permanent solutions to homelessness in innovative ways. This is a community discussion and not a fundraising event. For event location and to reserve your spot, please RSVP to Chris Rutledge, or 202.503.2968. In cases where no one RSVPs, we cancel the event, so make sure to let us know if you want to come.

    We can also bring Open Doors to your congregation, school, workplace, or any other group that wishes to learn about effective solutions to homelessness. Contact Chris to set this up.

  • Holiday Open House (Hoho)

    • Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Saint Luke's Mission Center - 3655 Calvert St NW

    Join us for our special year-end party, Holiday Open House. RSVP now to celebrate the year over great music, hors d’oeuvres, and refreshments. Come to meet and mingle with other Friendship Place friends while celebrating the difference we’ve made together this year.

    RSVP: Email Chris Rutledge,


    Past Events

  • Friendship Walks 2018

    • Saturday, November 03, 2018 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    National Mall, Washington DC

    9:30am registration and fun  |  10:30am walking begins

    Friendship Walks is a 1.5 mile fun and peaceful walk around the National Mall focused on ending homelessness in the Washington D.C. region. All proceeds benefit Friendship Place, a nonprofit organization that offers the most effective model for addressing homelessness, with innovative programs that empower participants to rebuild their lives, find homes, get jobs, and reconnect with friends, family, and the community, permanently! Registering for the walk is easy. And you can either walk with us or create your own team by inviting your friends, family, and coworkers. Together, we’re going take one big step (several, actually) to ending homelessness in the DC region.

    Registration to open in June. To learn more, visit or contact Gelila Getaneh,

  • Feast with Friends

    • Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    The Table Church - 1459 Columbia Rd NW

    Our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and other individuals and families in need, are invited to join Friendship Place for a free warm Thanksgiving meal!


  • 21st Annual Benjamin E. Cooper Awards

    • Tuesday, October 02, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    St Alban's Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC - Nourse Hall

    This year’s Benjamin E. Cooper Awards was exceptional. Take a look at photos from the evening by clicking here.

    The Benjamin E. Cooper Awards recognize outstanding contributions by members of our community to the cause of ending homelessness.
    All are invited to join us in recognizing the great work of this year’s honorees. Reserve your seat now by clicking here.

    21st Annual Benjamin E. Cooper Awards Honorees:
    •  Mr. Waldon Adams
    •  Mr. Chuck Herrick
    •  Ms. Marjorie Dick Stuart
    •  Ms. Heidi Yacker
    •  Ms. Joele Michaud

    Sponsorship opportunity available! For more information, please contact Chris Rutledge,

    About Ben Cooper:
    At the time of his tragic death at the age of 17, in 1997, Georgetown Day School student Ben Cooper was a committed and enthusiastic volunteer at Friendship Place. His encouragement of those coming through the doors for help inspired both staff and other volunteers. We are honored to give this annual award in Ben’s memory. Our special thanks to Ben’s parents, Judith Areen and Richard Cooper, for their faithful support of the event throughout its 19-year history.

  • 7th Annual Winter Warmth Clothing and Food Drive

    • Sunday, December 02, 2018 | 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Washington Hebrew Congregation

    Families and individuals in need are invited to attend our annual clothing and holiday hot meal drive. Guests are also welcome to free haircuts and shaving. Free shuttle bus services from Tenleytown redline metro station will also be available. For more, click here for the Winter Warmth 2018 flyer for Guests.


    Please donate new or gently used winter essentials to help our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. We are collecting coats, scarves, hats, gloves, boots, long-underwear and warm socks.

    For more information about winter item donations and drop off to Washington Hebrew Congregation, click here for the Winter Warmth 2018 flyer for Donors.

    Have a question? Please contact Anne Marie Buron or Kate Belinski

  • Music of Friends (MOF) French Embassy Concert

    • Sunday, June 03, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    French Embassy Concert

    If you missed this year’s Music of Friends French Embassy Concert, you can view photos and footage by clicking here.

    About the event
    Music of Friends is an annual chamber music concert benefiting Friendship Place. The event is hosted by the French Embassy and features renowned musicians performing works by Rossini, Beethoven, Bach and Meyer.

    Our special gratitude to the Embassy of France for hosting us and the musicians for volunteering their time to benefit our homeless neighbors.

    For more information, contact Gelila Getaneh,

  • Spring Symposium: Race and Homelessness

    • Wednesday, April 04, 2018 | 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
    3401 Nebraska Ave, NW, Washington, DC

    Missed this event? Click here for photos, short videos, and a Mix Cloud podcast by EZ Street. 

    About the event: People of color are alarmingly over-represented in the homeless population, in both the DC area and the nation as a whole. Regional and national experts join Friendship Place to explore concrete strategies for dismantling the racial inequities that created and continue to perpetuate this disparity.

    Moderator: Sasha-Ann Simons, WAMU  |   Panelists: Amanda Andere, Brittani Manzo, Kathryn Monet, Marc Dones, Nan Roman, and Sara Simone.

    For more information, please contact Gelila Getaneh,

  • Sing Out for Shelter

    • Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 8:00 pm
    Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, Washington DC

    DC’s Augmented 8 is sponsoring the 26th Annual “Sing Out for Shelter” (SOS) concert to benefit DC organization that are addressing homelessness.

    This year, the concert will also feature five beloved a cappella groups, including:

    TBD (from the Alexandria Harmonizers)
    Pitch Please (from Walt Whitman HS)
    Word of Mouth
    Venus d Minor
    The Augmented Eight

    Portion of proceeds benefit DC organization that are addressing homelessness, including Friendship Place.

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