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, enjoy a music concert, help with fundraising, looking for an academically enriching engagement, we have you covered. View our list of events below or contact Chris Rutledge at for more information.

Open Doors at Friendship Place

2018 Meeting Dates

Thursday, January 18, 6:30 PM

Thursday, February 15, 6:30 PM

Thursday, March 15, 6:30 PM

Thursday, April 19, 6:30 PM

Thursday, May 17, 6:30 PM

Thursday, June 21, 6:30 PM

Thursday, July 19, 6:30 PM

An 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.


2018 Events



Sing Out for Shelter

Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 8 pm
Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church
3401 Nebraska Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC

DC’s Augmented 8 is sponsoring the 25th Annual “Sing Out for Shelter” (SOS) concert to benefit DC’s homeless.

This year, they will be joined onstage by the renowned Princeton University Tigertones, the Washington Waldorf School Chamber Singers, and other special guests.

Portion of proceeds benefit homeless charities in the Washington area, including Friendship Place.

Get full details, purchase tickets online securely through Eventbrite.
As in prior years, the concert will be held at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church at the corner of Nebraska and New Mexico avenues, NW. (Directions). Free parking in church lot or right across Nebraska Avenue in the AU School of International Service underground garage.




Spring Symposium: LGBTQ Young Adults and Homelessness

April 2018

Tickets: Free!


This year’s discussion will center around the issue of homelessness among LGBTQ Young adults (17-24) and what organizations like Friendship Place can do to ensure those individuals have a place to call home.

Panelists: TBA

For more information, contact Gelila Getaneh



13th Annual Friends & Neighbors Fundraising Breakfast

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016

For more information, please contact Leah Craft,




The Music of Friends

French Embassy Concert

May – June 2018 | 1:30pm – 3:30 pm
Reception following the concert
The Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road NW

A chamber music concert benefiting Friendship Place featuring the Potomac Trio with Charles Nilles performing works by Rossini, Beethoven, Bach and Meyer.

Our special gratitude to the Embassy of France for hosting us and the musicians for volunteering their time to benefit our homeless neighbors.

General Admission: $50, with additional donations welcomed.

Purchase Tickets: TBD

For more information, contact Chris Rutledge


20th Annual Benjamin E. Cooper Awards

September – October 2018 | 6:30 pm -8 pm
Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church
3401 Nebraska Avenue NW
Washington, DC

2017 Honorees:

Mayor Muriel Bowser
Betty Boyle
Ellen Clifford
Mark Gordon
Washington Hebrew Congregation

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 18-year history.

Tickets: TBD

Sponsorships Available

Gold Level Sponsors $500
Sponsorship benefits:
-A brief note from you in the program, recognizing one of the honorees
-Your name listed in program
-Mentions by name in the opening remarks

Silver Level Sponsors $250
Sponsorship benefit includes:
-Name listed in program

Click HERE to RSVP

For more information, please contact Chris Rutledge,



 Friendship Walks 2017

Saturday, November 3, 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 is now closed, but you can still support by donating to


 Feast with Friends

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 | 11am-3:00pm
Saint Luke’s Mission Center
3655 Calvert St NW

This event is open to all of our neighbors in need of a warm Thanksgiving meal



6th Annual Winter Warmth

Sunday, December 3, 2018 | 2:30-5:30pm
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St NW

This event is open to all of our neighbors in need


PLEASE DONATE new or gently used winter essentials to help our homeless neighbors. We are collecting coats, scarves, hats, gloves, boots, long-underwear and warm socks.

Please drop off donations to Washington Hebrew Congregation on the following days and times:

Mon, Nov 27, 9:00 – 5:30pm

Tue, Nov 28: 9am – 5pm

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Wed, Nov 29: 9am – 5pm

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Thurs, Nov 30: 9am – 5pm

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Sat, Dec 2: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

For any questions, contact: Anne Marie Buron or Kate Belinski

Connect with us    202.364.1419
phone: 202.364.1419

Welcome Center
4713 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC 20016

Welcome Center Hours
Mondays: 8:30am - 11:30am and 1pm - 4pm
Tuesdays: By appointment only
Wednesdays | Thursdays: 8:30am - 11:30am and 1pm - 3pm
Fridays: Closed

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