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.

  • 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:

  • 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

    Past Events

  • 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. 

  • Webinar | Embracing Authenticity: Coming out Stories on Coming Out Day

    • Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Please join us for The LGBT Workgroup’s most recent webinar: “Embracing Authenticity: Coming out Stories on Coming Out Day.”

    This session features a panel discussion of current Friendship Place Workgroup members who will highlight the triumphs and challenges they faced during their coming out journey. The speakers will showcase LGBTQ+ community resources and dedicate a portion of this program to a public Q&A.

    Sign up here:

  • Musique d'Amis: 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!

  • Friendship Place Webinar on DC Area Encampments

    • Tuesday, May 09, 2023 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Friendship Place is pleased to invite you to join us on Tuesday, May 9 at 12pm ET to learn about encampments in the DC area, and our work to serve the community. We will be joined by:

    • – Vice President, Housing Services, Chandra Dawson
    • – Valley Place Division Director, Gayan Troussard
    • – Director of Advocacy, Lynn Amano
    • – Systems Outreach Specialist, Dana Long
    • – Systems Outreach Specialist, Liza Poris

    To register, 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:

  • 30th Anniversary Gala

    • Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Embassy of France

    We are celebrating our 30th anniversary in conjunction with the launch of our HOPE campaign to help bring an end to homelessness in Washington D.C. In honor of this milestone and the goals that we have set in place, we will bring together and honor leaders who have contributed to helping close the gap on homelessness in the DMV.

    We invite you to join us for a night of inspiration, hope and change!

  • Kendra Gives Back

    • Wednesday, July 06, 2022 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Kendra Scott Georgetown, 1249 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

    Join us at Kendra Scott Georgetown, a fashion and fine jewelry brand founded on fashion, family, and philanthropy, for a fun meet and greet and jewelry event! Their newest summer collection will launch that day!

    20% of sales will be donated to Friendship Place!

  • Music of Friends Chamber Music Concert

    • Sunday, September 11, 2022 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road, NW

    Join us and  experience the best in classical music. Music of Friends featured 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.

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  • 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

  • Friends & Neighbors Breakfast

    Join us on Thursday, October 20th from 8:00am – 9:30am for our annual Friends & Neighbors Breakfast!

    The theme is remembering those in need during the pandemic years. Your gifts will help provide individualized services for street outreach, families, individuals, youth, veterans and more.

    Start your morning with delightful breakfast treats, hot coffee, and warm hugs from your favorite neighborhood housing services for people experiencing homelessness.

    Please email Chris Koerner at if you would like to attend.

    Or donate today at:

  • Benjamin E .Cooper Awards

    • Tuesday, December 06, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    The Cosmos Club

    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.

    Buy tickets here:

    See photos from last year’s event.

    Thank you to all of this year’s guests and honorees.


  • Sing Out for Shelter A Cappella Concert

    • Saturday, February 22, 2020 | 8:00 pm
    Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, Washington DC

    RSVP now for the 28th Annual Sing Out for Shelter (S.O.S.) a cappella concert, organized by the Augmented Eight. For its twenty-eight anniversary, the extraordinary singers in Augmented 8 will bring together the best of contemporary a cappella music. All are welcome to join us for this wonderful evening of vocal harmony that’s attended and enjoyed by hundreds of neighbors.

  • Annual Spring Symposium: Friendship Place at 30

    • Tuesday, May 04, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Virtual | Where you are

    You are invited to Friendship Place’s Annual Spring Symposium: Friendship Place at 30!

    Mayor Muriel Bowser will address attendees. Ray Suarez, broadcast journalist, will be moderate the panel. Panelists will include Nan Roman, President & CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness and Friendship Place Board Member, Jean-Michel Giraud, President & CEO, Friendship Place, Jean Duff, Friendship Place Co-founder, Mark Gordon, Friendship Place Participant, Brenda Small, Business Leader and Friendship Place Board Member.

    Friendship Place’s Annual Spring Symposium will once again be hosted in partnership with NYU!

  • 2021 Friends & Neighbors Virtual Celebration

    • Sunday, October 10, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    Broadcasted virtually | Live!

    You are invited to a very special event showcasing our legacy of working to end homelessness in the DC region. Hear touching stories from Friendship Place’s program participants and learn about the impact of supporters like you.

    RSVP Now!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

Your Donation Helps End Homelessness!

Your support for Friendship Place has a lasting impact. In 2022, our programs ended or prevented homelessness for 4,497 people, including 600 children in families and 750 veterans. We empowered 136 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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