Our Mission

At My Friends Place, we provide 13 to 20-year-old homeless teenagers with a bed, meals, clothing, showers, laundry facilities, hygiene products, support services and individualized case management services. We also offer drop-in services to all youth in need in our community.

My Friends Place Director
Heather Shindehite, 
Ph.D.
tel: 509-438-0079
safeharborheather@gmail.com
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Homelessness in the Tri-Cities

Homelessness does exist in our community and knows no boundaries. Our homeless youth come from all socioeconomic classes, all religions, all races, all genders, and all cultures. The one thing these kids have in common is…FEAR.

Homeless teens come from broken homes; homes filled with abuse, neglect, and pain. There’s a huge gap in services for our population of 13-20 year-old homeless teens and we are currently their only resource and their only hope for a brighter future.

What can
YOU do?

My Friends’ place is a program of Safe Harbor Support Center that relies on the generosity of our community and donors to continue our daily operations. Monetary donations can be made at the shelter or via our website at any time. My Friends’ Place is always in need of donations. Our kids depend on you for clothing, bedding, food and entertainment. Donations can be brought to the shelter at any time.

Current Wishlist and Needs 

As our teen clients gear up for the fall and back-to-school season, we could really use your help... view our current wishlist below.

Donating is easy, you can drop off your new donations to My Friends Place 24/7 (1112 N. Grant Place in Kennewick). Or, skip the drive and place an Amazon order to have it shipped directly to us!

CLIENT STORIES

“My mom dropped me off at My Friends Place on Christmas Eve last year. I have only seen her once since that night. She said she couldn’t handle me anymore. I spent Christmas and my birthday in the shelter, but My Friends’ Place made me feel happy and wanted. My Friends’ Place saved me from sleeping in abandoned houses and bathrooms in the park, that’s where I used to go when I would run away. I don’t get along with my mom’s new boyfriend at all and he hates me too. I don’t have to run away anymore.”

Female, age 17