“One of Friendship Shelter’s favorite concerts this year was ‘Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Revealed.’ We all strive for the kind of ‘betterment’ that transformed Tchaikovsky while composing these movements. Out of his blackest darkness came a light that has timelessly inspired his listeners to press on to a hopeful ending. We encourage our residents to do the same at this challenging time in their lives.”
Friendship Shelter helps homeless adults achieve self-sufficiency and become more productive members of our community.
Friendship Shelter’s self-sufficiency program in Laguna Beach, for which there is always a waiting list, provides a home, three meals daily and a wide range of support services for 32 men and women. Residents are expected to work, save money and develop skills to rebuild their lives. Graduates may apply to Henderson House Transitional Living apartments located in San Clemente, where 24 residents live for up to one year, allowing them to consolidate their gains and continue on the path to fully productive lives. Friendship Shelter operates an emergency overnight shelter with the City of Laguna Beach which shelters 45 individuals each night.
The agency is funded through the generosity of philanthropic individuals, foundations and organizations throughout the area. Since its inception, more than 6,000 adults have been the recipients of vital services.
Residents come from a broad range of personal and geographical backgrounds. Friendship Shelter receives referrals from across Orange County from social workers, church and community organizations, chemical dependency and alcohol recovery programs, mental health agencies, hospitals and other social services programs. For more information about Friendship Shelter, please visit friendshipshelter.org.
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Academy of Music for the Blind
Age Well Senior Services
Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana
Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano
Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
El Sol Science and Arts Academy
Orange County Rescue Mission
Santa Ana Unified School District
Savanna School District
Segerstrom Center for the Arts Founders Plus
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)
The Center for Autism
& Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Interested in becoming a Heartstrings Partner? Contact Mary Hawkes, director of community engagement, MHawkes@PacificSymphony.org