Events

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 crutledge@friendshipplace.org for more information. Looking for photos from our past events? Click here.

  • 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:
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/viewing-and-panel-discussion-the-definition-of-insanity-tickets-386937970887

    For virtual panel discussion (panel begins at 7pm; you can watch the film prior to that by visiting https://doifilm.com/), click here:
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-symposium-viewing-panel-discussion-the-definition-of-insanity-tickets-386953386997

  • Anti-Racism Training Series

    Virtual

    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

    Session 2 – Re-defining the Timeline and Progression of Racism and White Supremacy
    Wednesday, September 28 | 12:00 – 1:30pm
    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anti-racism-training-series-session-ii-tickets-410624929217

    Session 3 – Understanding White Privilege
    Wednesday, October 12 | 12:00 – 1:30pm
    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anti-racism-training-series-session-iii-tickets-427265491587

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

    Wednesday, October 26 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm
    Registration link to come

    Session 5: Global Perspectives
    Issues of Racism in the Asian-American Community

    Wednesday, November 9 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm
    Registration link to come

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

  • 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 ckoerner@friendshipplace.org if you would like to attend.

    Or donate today at: https://give.friendshipplace.org/fn2022

  • 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/benjamin-e-cooper-awards-and-holiday-party-tickets-363184323087

    See photos from last year’s event.

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

     

  • Open Doors at Friendship Place

      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 Alan Banks, abanks@friendshipplace.org. 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.

    • Friendship Walks 2023

      • Saturday, April 29, 2023 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
      Constitution Gardens

      The Friendship Walk to End Homelessness is our annual walk on the National Mall focused on ending homelessness in the Washington D.C. region. Together, we will be walking towards the common goal of bringing awareness and resources to the fight to end homelessness. Join us by visiting friendshipwalks.org!

      All proceeds benefit Friendship Place. Our gratitude to our friends and neighbors who help make this event possible year after year.

      Past Events

    • 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!

      https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/friendship-place-summer-happy-hour-rooftop-party-tickets-363181364237

    • 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.

      Buy tickets now:

      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-of-friends-chamber-music-concert-registration-363177111517

       

       

    • 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 kate.belinski@gmail.com

      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 2020, our programs ended or prevented homelessness for 2,664 people, including 606 children in families and 661 veterans. We empowered 200 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 3,432 people in 2020. 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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