My Friend’s House Foundation in Los Angeles continues to serve some of the most disenfranchised during this unprecedented time of need.
My Friend’s House was on the frontlines years before the COVID-19 pandemic hit a year ago. Since its inception, My Friend’s House has served more than half a million people, including many along Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, home to one of the largest homeless populations in the country. The foundation supports people young and old, first by providing basic needs and encouragement and then by setting them up to be self-sufficient in order to live healthier lives.
With many nonprofit and charitable organizations needing to cut back services due to the pandemic, My Friend’s House stepped in to help additional people in the community experiencing homelessness with food, clothing and essential hygiene supplies. My Friend’s House was serving about 500 people per week before COVID-19; the health crisis only expanded the need to serve many more. The foundation increased its healthy food offerings to improve recipients’ immune systems and is busy distributing “COVID Care Kits,” which include PPE, safety information and even inspirational material.
My Friend’s House is dedicated to providing life-sustaining staples for people experiencing homelessness and the economically disadvantaged: food, clothing, and encouragement. L.A. County residents can help My Friend’s House feed, clothe, and encourage people experiencing homelessness every Wednesday. Nonresidents can also make a significant impact by making a donation. Visit www.MyFriendsHouseLA.org for more information on how you can serve as an important lifeline and source of encouragement for so many.
My Friend’s House is a member of Lutheran Services in America, a network of more than 300 health and human service organizations providing services in more than 1,400 communities across the United States. Together, the network makes a difference in the lives of one in 50 Americans every year.
By Christopher Findlay, Senior Marketing Manager