Community Engagement & Education

Learn more about homelessness and help us end it!

Friendship Place is happy to educate you or your group about what you can do to take part in our mission to ensure that everyone has a place to call home. There are a number of ways in which we can help educate and engage you or your group. We have programs available for all ages. Here are a few of the options:

  • Open Doors Information Sessions (45 minute introductory conversations). View all upcoming sessions here.
  • Friendship Place Voices of Hope lets you invite a member of our Community Speakers Bureau to speak to your group.
  • Invite Friendship Place to host an information table at your event. We have been invited to B’nai Mitzvahs, corporate events, school events, and more.

Speaker’s Bureau

The mission of our Speakers’ Bureau is to attach a human face to the word “homeless.” Most people know that word, but not what the word truly means. Most people equate homelessness with what they see on a city street, not knowing that they will never see most of the people who are experiencing homelessness, or know the reasons behind their homelessness.

As speakers, we are able to inform and teach people about the realities of being “homeless.” By telling our stories, we can show that people who are experiencing homelessness come from all walks of life.

Have one of our speakers shed light on a subject that has been pushed into the shadows for far too long. Invite us to speak at any group gathering by filling out this short form.

Get Involved

Contact us at to get involved or request a speaker!

Your Donation Helps End Homelessness!

Your support for Friendship Place has a lasting impact. In 2019, our programs ended or prevented homelessness for 1,437 people, including 482 children in families and 558 veterans. We empowered 219 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 3,305 people in 2019. 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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