About Friendship Place

Friendship Place offers the most effective model for addressing homelessness, with innovative, customized programs that have positive, demonstrable results and a lasting impact on the community and beyond. Our programs are person-centric – individualized to meet the needs and goals of individuals, families, youth/young adults and Veterans experiencing homelessness. We provide outreach, hospitality, health care, case management, housing, job placement services, and advocacy. We have established a national presence and are known for sharing best practices on homeless service delivery.

Building Your Career at Friendship Place

Friendship Place is committed to having a passion-driven, inclusive, fun, transparent, collaborative, and healthy culture. Part of that commitment includes providing excellent benefits to our employees. As a staff member, you and your eligible dependents receive a competitive and comprehensive package that includes health, vision, dental, and prescription insurance. We also provide disability coverage; life insurance; personal and leave time; a 403 (b) match that you are eligible to receive after you have worked one year; and funds for professional development.

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Our Culture

We are diverse and inclusive and invite participants and employees to be their authentic selves. We expect all Friendship Place staff to share this commitment. By integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into our work, we benefit from increased knowledge, creativity, flexibility, and organizational and individual growth. Employees will be offered the same respect and caring attitude within Friendship Place that they are expected to share externally with every Friendship Place participant.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We know that bringing diverse communities and perspectives to the table strengthens our organization. As such, we seek to foster an inclusive and equitable work environment, increase diversity among our board, staff and volunteers, and create opportunities for everyone to learn about and embrace other cultures and viewpoints. We build relationships within and outside the organization which recognize each other’s strengths and contributions. We place our common goal of ending homelessness above our individual differences so that we can effectively solve problems together.

To support an inclusive environment where employees feel empowered to share their experiences, ideas, and impact our day to day work, we have encouraged the creation of a variety of workgroups, including LGTBQ+ and Racial Equity.

Our Professional Development Opportunities


Friendship Place is dedicated to staff development and offers access to a variety of external and internal training. Friendship Place staff members additionally have a chance to participate in Emerging Leaders—a 9-month program designed to provide participants with tangible knowledge and resources in the areas of leadership, communication, diversity, management practices, self-awareness, and development. Learn more about the program by clicking here.

Our Core Values


At Friendship Place, we believe it is important to step back and celebrate our individual and team achievements. All of our staff members come to work each day knowing that they will have an impact on the Washington DC region and the world. Our staff members find the work they do both engaging and inspiring.

Why We Love What We Do

“We know how to work hard and have fun – both are key to keeping a happy and dedicated team. We see the strengths of the individuals we serve and believe that it is a fundamental right to have a place to call home.”

Kally Canfield, Former Director, Veterans Services

“It’s so nice to be able to genuinely enjoy spending time with colleagues while still remaining focused on the serious task of serving DC’s most vulnerable.”

Catherine Stephens, Director, Neighbors First Families

How to Join the Team

  1. You apply below.
  2. Your application is reviewed by the hiring committee.
  3. You have an initial screening call with a member of the hiring team. Typically about 15-20 minutes long.
  4. You have an in-person interview with a member or members of the hiring team. Typically lasting between 40-60 minutes, this interview covers your past experience, your personal vision for the work, and your skills and qualifications. We will typically conduct a skills test lasting 2-3 hours. Skills tests let us get a sense of how you’d approach the kind of tasks and problems you would encounter in the role.
  5. The final stage in the hiring process is typically an interview with a chief officer.
  6. Lastly, the most qualified candidate receives an offer to join us in this important work!

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Your Donation Helps End Homelessness!

Your support for Friendship Place has a lasting impact. In 2019, our programs ended or prevented homelessness for more than 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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