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Friendship Place
November 15, 2010

The Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place provides vital services to persons experiencing the crisis of homelessness in Washington, DC. The organization is centered in Ward 3, but in recent years the organization has expanded to reach out across the city. I am constantly impressed by the dedication, motivation, and expertise of the staff. I cannot imagine a more active and engaged board of directors. I have met many consumers who have been served by Friendship Place and have listened to their incredible stories of how Friendship Place helped them to find shelter; receive medical, psychiatric and addiction services; reconnect with family and rebuild their lives.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

....many, many ways! I mentored an individual who had been homeless for many years. Through Friendship Place he was able to secure housing - first transitional housing in a small shelter and eventually moving into his own apartment. He was so proud of his apartment and was empowered to reconnect with his family. I have also seen many people pass through our network of transitional shelters, find work, and eventually move into permanent housing.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

....increase our donor base! Friendship Place is such an amazing organization, and I think if more people knew about the positive contributions it is making to our homeless neighbors in Washington, DC, they would contribute to the organization too.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I am the Secretary of the Board.