Friendship Shelter

FLOC’s mid-Summer gathering took place at Hennessey’s Tavern in downtown Laguna Beach, 2009.  Executive Director, Dawn Price, of the LB Friendship Shelter shared with FLOC members her passion for working with the homeless and the need to support shelters in south Orange County.  Many FLOCers had no idea that hundreds of homeless sleep on the streets of south OC every single night.  Members were inspired by Price’s talk and signed up to prepare two large carne asada dinners for the shelter in the weeks that followed.

“Nonprofits really struggle to engage the next generation of leaders, philanthropists and volunteers, and it’s wonderful that you are putting yourself out there as part of that group.  I can tell you that not every person of your generation is doing this…and so becoming a leader is something that can really help you in a lot of ways and I promise you will get back much more than you put into it!” – Dawn Price, Laguna Beach Friendship Shelter Executive Director


Friendship Shelter helps homeless adults achieve self-sufficiency and become more productive members of our community. Our 60-day 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 was founded as a direct response to a community need. Every major strategic decision since then has been rooted in an understanding of and compassion for the community. Going forward, we have a responsibility-as one of Laguna Beach’s oldest and most respected human services organizations-to continually improve our organization and its ability to respond to the community that has brought us so far, and to the homeless individuals who have inspired us in our endeavors. I am confident our best is yet to come.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities ~

Create more miracles- do more with Friendship!Volunteer Opportunities at our Emergency Shelter (ASL) 

Lunch Driver: We need volunteers to help transport lunches to our Alternative Sleeping Location in the Canyon. This is a weekly or bi-weekly opportunity.

  • Pick up lunches at the Mission Laguna Hospital Cafeteria
  • Tuesday or Friday from 6:30-9:30am or 4pm-8pm
  • Drop lunches at the ASL Homeless Shelter: 20652 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Drop off times are flexible.
  • Substitutes are available with 2 day notice.
  • Hospital staff and shelter guests will help with loading and unloading boxes.
  • Please call Ann Richardson 949-683-6242 or email if interested.

Donate and serve dinner- 4th Saturday of the month

We’re looking for a volunteer group that will make a monthly commitment to donating and serving a meal for approximately 70 people on the fourth Saturday of every month.

Please call Ann Richardson 949-683-6242 or email if interested.


Notary Services

We are in need of donated services to notorize documents for residents to gain access to important resources.


Donate and serve a meal this summer at Friendship Shelter!

We need extra help from Guest Chefs in the summer. Read complete details here. If you’re an existing guest chef sign up by through Karlie 949-494-6928 x11. If you’d like to become a guest chef email Taylor.



Open Doors


We’re renovating our Coast Highway facility and we need new doors. Please email us if you’re interested in being involved in our door makeover project. New doors open new opportunities!

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