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.

  • 21st Annual Benjamin E. Cooper Awards

    • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, Washington DC

    Tickets: Free!

    2018 Honorees: TBA

    RSVP/Ticket information: TBD

    The Benjamin E. Cooper Awards recognize outstanding contributions by members of our community to the cause of ending homelessness. 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

    Sponsorship opportunity available!

    For more information, please contact Chris Rutledge,

  • Friendship Walks 2018

    • Saturday, November 03, 2018 | 10:30 am
    National Mall, Washington DC

    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 21, 2018 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Saint Luke’s Mission Center

    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!


  • 7th Annual Winter Warmth

    • Monday, December 03, 2018 | 2:30 pm - 5:30 am
    Washington Hebrew Congregation

    Families and individuals in need are invited to attend our annual clothing and holiday hot meal drive.


    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.

    Information for dropping off donations to Washington Hebrew Congregation is TBD.

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

Your Donation Helps End Homelessness!

Your support for Friendship Place has a lasting impact. In 2017, Friendship Place’s programs collectively ended or prevented homelessness for 3,600 people through creative, customized housing solutions, and empowered 290 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.

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