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? Please click here.

  • Open Doors at Friendship Place

    • Friday, January 17, 2020 | 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.

  • Sing Out for Shelter (SOS) A Cappella Concert

    • Friday, February 22, 2019 | 8:00 pm
    Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, Washington DC

    For its twenty-seventh anniversary, the extraordinary singers in Augmented 8 brought together the best of contemporary a cappella music. The 2019 concert featured five beloved local and national groups. We had a wonderful evening of music that was attended and enjoyed by hundreds of our neighbors.

    SOS supports organizations that help people experiencing homelessness in the DC region, including Friendship Place.

    Past Events

  • Spring Symposium: Homeward DC

    • Tuesday, April 02, 2019 | 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
    NYU Washington, DC | 1307 L St NW, Washington, DC 20005

    Homelessness is a solvable issue, and DC is united in its vision to prevent it, or make the experience rare, brief, and non-recurring. Where are we on the path to making this a reality? Friendship Place invited regional and national experts to discuss Homeward DC, a strategic partnership (between the DC government, nonprofits providers, advocates, persons experiencing homelessness, business partners, and the philanthropic community) to end homelessness in the area by 2020.

    Hundreds of guests attended this year’s event and learned about the progress, barriers, and concrete plans for making Homeward DC a success.

    Speakers Included:
    Laura Zeilinger, Director, DC Department of Human Services (DHS)
    Kristy Greenwalt, Director, DC Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH)
    Waldon Adams, Coordinated Entry Outreach Specialist, Pathways to Housing DC
    Jennifer Knox, Lead Organizer, Washington Interfaith Network
    Bruce McNamer, President & CEO, Greater Washington Community Foundation

    Ray Suarez, Broadcast Journalist, NPR and John J. McCloy Visiting Professor of American Studies, Amherst College

  • 15th Annual Friends & Neighbors Fundraising Breakfast

    • Thursday, May 09, 2019 | 8:30 am
    Washington Hebrew Congregation | Edlavitch Social Hall 3935 Macomb St. NW | Washington, DC

    Friendship Place’s most dedicated supporters were invited to a very special event showcasing our legacy of working to end homelessness in the DC region.

    RSVP Required: Please email Chris Rutledge for more information,

    Our gratitude to each and every one of our guests this year. You can find photos of the event by clicking here.

  • Music of Friends (MOF) French Embassy Concert

    • Sunday, June 02, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Embassy of France: 4101 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington

    Music of Friends is our annual Sunday afternoon chamber music concert at the French Embassy’s beautiful campus. The event features renowned musicians performing works by Max Bruch, Darius Milhaud, Joaquin Turina, and others. Proceeds from Music of Friends benefit Friendship Place.

    Our special gratitude to the Embassy of France for hosting us year after year, and the musicians who volunteer their time to benefit our homeless neighbors.

  • Benjamin Cooper Awards

    • Tuesday, October 01, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    St Alban's Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC - Nourse Hall

    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:

    Mary Cheh, Charlie Betts, Ansar Khan, and Anne Morrison


    Thank you to all of this year’s guests and honorees. You can find a press release on Councilmember Cheh’s speech by clicking here.


  • Friendship Walks 2019

    • Saturday, November 09, 2019 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    National Mall, Washington DC

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

    Friendship Walks 2019 was a 1.5-mile rally around the National Mall focused on ending homelessness in the Washington D.C. region. All proceeds benefitted Friendship Place. Our gratitiude to our friends and neighbors who helped make this event possible.

  • Feast with Friends

    • Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    St. Columba's Episcopal Church

    Our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and other individuals and families in need, were invited to join Friendship Place for a free warm Thanksgiving meal. Take a look at photos from the event!

  • 8th Annual Winter Warmth Clothing and Food Drive

    • Sunday, December 08, 2019 | 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 information about attending, please click here. 

    DONATION INFORMATION 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 or for any other questions, please contact Kate Belinski

    For more information about donating, please click here.

  • Holiday Open House (Hoho)

    • Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 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 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.

Your Donation Helps End Homelessness!

Your support for Friendship Place has a lasting impact. In 2018, our programs ended or prevented homelessness for more than 1,500 people, including 472 children in families and 439 veterans. We empowered 226 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to get jobs through innovative, state-of-the-art job placement services. Friendship Place's programs collectively served a total of 3,770 people in 2018. Make a donation today in support of our work to end homelessness. Questions? Please feel free to call our fundraising office, 202.503.2970.

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