Friendship Shelter has received a grant of $2,500 to support its Self-Sufficiency Program, a rehabilitative shelter program that helps homeless adults achieve self-sufficiency.
The grant, awarded by Laguna Beach Community Foundation at its December 1 grant reception, represents the second in as many years from the Foundation, which seeks to encourage philanthropy in Laguna Beach.
“Friendship Shelter enjoys tremendous support from the Laguna Beach community, and always has in its nearly 25-year history,” said Dawn Price, Friendship Shelter Executive Director. “This grant is a wonderful example of that. The funds themselves are only the beginning. The Laguna Beach Community Foundation is raising the bar for philanthropy in our community, and all non-profits will benefit from a community more focused on giving. We are grateful, then, not just for the gift but for the impact LBCF is having city-wide.”
Friendship Shelter is the only residential shelter in south Orange County. A self-sufficiency program in Laguna Beach, for which there is always a waiting list, provides a home-base, three meals daily and a wide range of support services to 32 men and women at a time. Graduates may apply to Henderson House, 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 independent living. Friendship Shelter also operates the City of Laguna Beach’s overnight program at its Alternative Sleeping Location.
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