About My Friend’s Place

Our Mission: My Friend’s Place assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. Our History: In 1988, Steve LePore and Craig Scholz initiated a volunteer-led, mobile meal program to distribute sack lunches to the homeless youth in the Hollywood community. Soon the volunteers built trust with the young people and realized that youth are […]

My Friend’s Place Youth

According to the most recent Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) homeless count, there are nearly 6,000 young homeless people on the streets of Los Angeles every year. This past year, My Friend’s Place served more than 1,400 individual youth through nearly 20,000 visits to our Hollywood facility. MFP’s clients are 66% male and 33% […]


Each year, more than 800 volunteers participate in providing life-changing services to homeless youth in Los Angeles at My Friend’s Place. Volunteer opportunities are available Monday through Friday for groups and individuals. We would love to have you join our family! How do I Volunteer at MFP? We are thrilled you are interested in joining […]


Jack Black To Host My Friend’s Place 30th Anniversary Gala

The Happy Hippie Foundation, Alice Waters, USC Football’s Angela Helton, My Friend’s Place Board Member Cheryl Hayward and Instagram among the honorees at the April 7 event.

Mayor Declares January 8, 2018 “My Friend’s Place Day In Los Angeles”

In recognition of the organization’s 30th anniversary

My Friend’s Place 2016 Youth Production

With the support of our partners at the Happy Hippie Foundation, My Friend’s Place recruited 5 young people to create, film and star in their own video about what My Friend’s Place means to them. This is their original production.

KPCC’s “Off-Ramp” Visits My Friend’s Place

Listen in as KPCC’s John Rabe tours My Friend’s Place with Executive Director Heather Carmichael.

My Friend’s Place and USC Partner to Prevent the Spread of HIV

USC researchers have teamed up with My Friend’s Place to address a public-health problem using an unlikely method: mathematics.

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Our Programs

  • Health & Well Being

    The Health & Well Being Program provides youth with clinically and culturally appropriate medical, health, and mental health services. This program includes health education workshops to teach creative and realistic strategies addressing the most common health threats among homeless youth: • Partner violence • Substance Abuse • Mental Health Issues • Sexual Health Issues Our […]

  • Transformative Education

    The Transformative Education Program is a vital part of My Friend’s Place continuum of care. Through its focus on creative and life skills programming we: 1) equip youth with marketable skills, 2) encourage positive behaviors, 3) teach youth how to connect with resources that improve their self-sufficiency, and 4) create an alternative way for staff […]

  • Safe Haven

    The Safe Haven Program provides daytime shelter as well as basic needs services such as meals, showers, clothing, hygiene supplies, transportation, and communication tools. These emergency necessities alleviate the demands of survival that often distract youth from engaging in educational or health-related activities. Informational materials and field trips link youth to free and specialized neighborhood […]