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. Looking for photos from our past events? Click here.

    Past Events

  • 2024 Friendship Place Walk to End Homelessness

    • Saturday, April 27, 2024 | 9:30 am
    Lincoln Memorial

    💙 JOIN US! 💙 Friendship Place Walk to End Homelessness is the annual walk on our nation’s capital aimed at bringing awareness and resources for the work to end homelessness. We will be working towards a common goal—ending homelessness for thousands of people in our community. Create a team and sign up today!

    Register at

  • 2023 Successes and 2024 Plans

    • Tuesday, January 23, 2024 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    We invite you to a special webinar on Tuesday, January 23, at 12pm to dive a little deeper into the ways we’ve put your dollars to work and made your voices heard. We’ll also be looking forward and getting your input for our 2024 goals and plans. 

    You’ll hear from Friendship Place’s President & CEO Jean-Michel Giraud and Vice President of Regional Programs Sean Read.

    Register here:

  • Friends & Neighbors Breakfast

    • Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 8:00 am - 9:30 am
    Washington Hebrew Congregation

    Friendship Place can’t accomplish our mission to rebuild the lives of our neighbors working to escape homelessness without you, one of our most ardent supporters.

    You are invited to participate in our Friends & Neighbors Breakfast. Register today at

    If you can’t attend, will you consider being an event sponsor or contributor?

    The 2023 theme is the “30th Anniversary of the Welcome Center” our first location and a place where people living on the street can rest in a comfortable environment, get meals and mail, do laundry, and seek medical care.

    Our goal is to raise $120,000 primarily for the programs that depend on private funding. These include the Welcome Center, Street Outreach, AimHire jobs program, and Before 30 (which serves vulnerable youth 17-29). This Breakfast also raises money for ‘extras’ for Neighbors First Families and Individuals, Veterans, Valley Place (singles and couples), and The Brooks (moms and young children).

    Networking will be at 8:00 AM with our inspirational program at 8:30 AM. Please contact Chris Rutledge, with any questions. 

  • Anti-Racism Training Series


    From redlining to economic inequality, it is impossible to separate the work Friendship Place does to house those in need from systemic racism. Since 2020, we have strengthened our efforts to advance anti-racist causes through our work and our educational offerings.

    Please join us this fall for our 2023 Anti-Racism Training Series, to learn how we can grow and advance anti-racist causes in our shared community.

    • Session 1: Sept 13 – Defining Racism
    • Session 2: Sept 27 – Re-defining the Timeline and Progression of Racism and White Supremacy
    • Session 3: Oct 11 – White Privilege & White Fragility/Guilt
    • Session 4: Oct 25 – Global Perspectives: Native-American Insights
    • Session 5: Nov 1 – Global Perspectives: Latino Issues
    • Session 6: Nov 8 – Global Perspectives: Asian American Issues
    • Session 7: Nov 15 – What is Anti-Racism?


    Register here:

  • Music of Friends: A Chamber Music Concert

    • Sunday, June 11, 2023 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC 20007

    Join us and experience the best in classical music. Music of Friends features nationally acclaimed musicians who have played for organizations such as the National Symphony Orchestra, the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

    All proceeds from this concert benefit Friendship Place, Washington’s premier organization serving people experiencing homelessness.

    For tickets, please click HERE!

  • Sing Out for Shelter

    National United Methodist, 3401 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

    Join us for a magical evening with The Augmented Eight on April 1st | 7:30 PM

    The Augmented Eight is an all male a cappella group that has entertained Washington audiences for over 65 years with a blend of old standards and modern pop, with a bit of jazz, gospel, and doo wop arrangements.

    Purchase tickets here!

  • Happy Hour Rooftop Party!

    • Wednesday, July 27, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    The Graham Georgetown Rooftop

    Friendship Place is celebrating Summer! Please join us on the Rooftop of the Graham Hotel!

    Attire: Happy Hour casual – we’ll be outside 😊 so please dress for the weather!

  • Friendship Place Walk to End Homelessness

    • Saturday, April 29, 2023 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    National Mall

    Friendship Place Walk to End Homelessness is the annual walk in our nation’s capital aimed at bringing awareness and resources to the work to end homelessness. We will be working towards a common goal—ending homelessness for every man, woman, and child in each of our communities.

    Join hundreds as we fight to end homelessness and rebuild thousands of lives!

    Register here today:

  • Friendship Place Symposium

    • Thursday, September 29, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Kerwin Hall

    Please join Friendship Place, American University, and the Matthew Harris Ornstein Memorial Foundation as we present a showing of the documentary film, “The Definition of Insanity.” This film looks at successful, creative solutions in Miami that help people in crisis, keeping them housed and out of prison. A panel discussion will follow. Live and virtual options will be available.

    For in-person viewing and panel discussion (beginning with light refreshments at 5:30), click here:

    For virtual panel discussion (panel begins at 7pm; you can watch the film prior to that by visiting, click here:

  • Anti-Racism Training Series


    Join our virtual community of growth and learning around social, systemic, and institutional racial inequity for our anti-racism series.

    About this event
    Webinar participants will be provided with a foundational understanding of racism. Specifically, this webinar will explore the historical context of race classification and our current understanding of race as a social construct. Participants will develop an increased awareness of the elements and impact of racism while exploring racism operationalized in various forms. This webinar is designed to provide an introductory framework to support subsequent webinar sessions to be facilitated throughout Friendship Place’s anti-racism series.

    Session 1 – Defining Racism
    Wednesday, September 14 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm
    Watch here

    Session 2 – Re-defining the Timeline and Progression of Racism and White Supremacy
    Wednesday, September 28 | 12:00 – 1:30pm
    Watch here

    Session 3 – Understanding White Privilege
    Wednesday, October 12 | 12:00 – 1:30pm
    Watch here

    Session 4: Global Perspectives
    Racism and Erasure of Traditions and Culture in the Native American Community

    Wednesday, October 26 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm
    Watch here

    Session 5: Global Perspectives
    Anti-Asian American Hate & White Supremacy

    Wednesday, November 2 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm
    Watch here

    Session 6: Being Anti-Racist and Having an Anti-Racist Approach
    Wednesday, November 16 | 12:00 – 1:30pm

  • Friendship Place Honors

    • Wednesday, March 20, 2024 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

    You are invited to an exclusive event for our closest supporters! RSVP now at

    Friendship Place Honors recognizes outstanding contributions by members of our community to the cause of ending homelessness. Enjoy great music, hors d’oeuvres, and refreshments while celebrating the remarkable and selfless work of this year’s honorees.

    We hope you will join us for what will be an impactful evening.

    Attire: Happy hour casual

    Questions? Please reach out to Chris Koerner at

  • Open Doors at Friendship Place

    • Thursday, November 02, 2023 | 6:30 pm - 7:15 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 here

    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. Please contact us at

  • 2023-2024 Holiday Party

    • Thursday, January 11, 2024 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    The Kennedy Warren

    Friendship Place is celebrating the New Year! Please join us for a warm celebration of the season over great music, hors d’oeuvres, and refreshments. Meet and mingle with other Friendship Place friends while celebrating the difference we’ve made together. RSVP at

Your Donation Helps End Homelessness!

Your support for Friendship Place has a lasting impact. In 2023, our programs ended or prevented homelessness for 4,993 people, including 1,507 children in families and 670 veterans. We empowered 167 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to get jobs through innovative, state-of-the-art job placement services. Make a donation today in support of our work to end homelessness. Questions? Please feel free to call our fundraising office, 202.957.7834.

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