• The Mission

    Our goal is to provide support, education and encouragement for domestic abuse victims who have fled to a shelter or group home for safety. All of whom are trying to help themselves out of a violent, hurtful situation by receiving counseling, job training, financial planning and life skills.

  • A Heroic Journey

    Friends & Helpers was started in 1992 in Southern California by our Founder who was a victim of domestic violence. Abuse can strike anyone, anywhere. Those closest to them often have no idea what they are going through. Abuse destroys self esteem and self worth. It's emotional, physical and mental damage to one's health can be debilitating and deadly.

     

    Fortunately, our Founder was able to escape and seek refuge where she received counseling, food and protection. This safe foundation gave her the tools to heal and rebuild her life.

     

    "The shelter saved my life. It was a safe haven for me when I had no where else to go. Most individuals who flee don't have anything and rely on these shelters for basic necessities."

     

    Friends & Helpers was created to support the families within our local shelters. We support our centers throughout the entire year. Our community outreach includes our Back to School and Adopt A Family Holiday Program. We assemble school supplies, snack bags, hygiene items and holiday gifts as a way to provide the families with items we often take for granted and they desperately need all year round. This is made possible by your donations, volunteer hours and company sponsorships.

     

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  • Volunteer Information

     

    None of this would be possible without you, our volunteers! We appreciate all of your time and effort.

     

    Registration: There will be a sign-in table at our events so volunteers do not need to register ahead of time.

     

    Age Limit: We welcome everyone who wants to volunteer and give back to those in need. We ask that children under the age of 16 come accompanied by an adult.

     

    Community Service: We are certified for community service hours. Please make sure to bring your Community Service Form to the event and we will have signature available upon completion of hours.

     

     

  • Holiday Program

    It’s been a long, hard year, and we want to make sure everybody has a wonderful holiday!

    This year we would like everyone to donate gift cards and any gifts appropriate for children
    0-18 years old and any gifts appropriate for mothers 18 - 60 years old.

     

    JOIN US AT OUR EVENTS

    All events are rain or shine.

     

    December 1st | 3pm to 8pm | Covina

    1505 S. Sunflower, Glendora 91740

     

    December 2nd | 10am to 3pm | Irvine

    1901 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614

     

    December 3rd | 11am to 3pm | Galpin Ford

    15505 Roscoe Blvd, North Hills, CA 91343

    Stocking stuffing and gift drop off

     

    Volunteers wanted and welcomed! No need to register.

    Adopt A Stocking

    This will provide a child with a stocking filled with Holiday candy. This is such a treat for the children in our programs. They keep their stockings as a sign of hope and gratitude.

    Adopt An Essentials Tote

    This includes basic hygiene items such as shampoo, conditioner, feminine products, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving supplies, soap, lip balm, lotion as well as make up and socks.

    Donate a Gift

    Only brand new items accepted

    Please label your gifts for the appropriate age of a child 0-18 years old or for a mother 18 - 60 years old.

    Below are some ideas!

    -Books for women, teens and children of all ages

    -Make Up

    -Teen Items (jewelry, perfume, fun accessories)

    -Sports Balls (Basketball, Soccer ball, Football, etc)

    -Skateboards and scooters

    -Scarves and accessories

     

    *All donated supplies can be accepted at our events. For any corporate donations please contact info@friendsandhelpers.org.

    Gift Cards

    - Ralphs, Vons, Food for Less, Baskin Robins or Coldstone, Starbucks, Olive Garden, Red Lobster

    - Target, Walmart, Kohl's, Ross, Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Disney Store, Game Stop, H & M, Forever 21, Sephora, Old Navy, JCPenney, Foot Locker, Sears

    - AMC/Movies passes, Fandango

    - Gas Cards

     

     

     

     

     

  • Back to School

    Our goal with our Back to School Program is to provide as many backpacks, school supplies and snack packs to the students in our shelters. We think it is vital that they have something brand new that they can call their own and be proud of at school. Our mission is to help the students stay engaged in their education and feel excited about going to school.

     

    Check back in the summer of 2018 to learn more.

    Adopt A Backpack

    Donate $25 to provide a backpack full of school supplies for students of every age who live in centers or shelters. Our objective is to provide each student with the supplies they need to start the school year.

    Adopt A Snack Bag

    Donate $10 to provide a snack pack full of nonperishable snacks for students of every age who live in centers or shelters. Many students gain a sense of belonging by bringing our snack bag to school. It helps them feel comfortable with their peers and helps them stay focused in school.

    Donate School Supplies

    Only brand new items accepted

    -Backpacks

    -Notebooks (wide ruled and college ruled)

    -Binders

    -Crayons

    -Markers

    -Rulers

    -Scissors

    -Pens

    -Pencils

    -Pencil Pouches

    -Erasers

    -Glue/Glue sticks

    -Folder/Report Folders

    -Art supplies

  • Donations

    Your donation to Friends and Helpers is tax deductible. 100% of every dollar donated goes to serve our community.

    Brand new donation items are greatly appreciated and can only be accepted at our events.

    We can assist you with donations at info@friendsandhelpers.org.

     

    Gift Cards only for the Holiday Program can be sent to:

    Friends & Helpers Foundation
    15260 Ventura Blvd. Suite 2100
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

    Phone: 818.757.1905
    Email: info@friendsandhelpers.org

     

    You may also donate below online via PayPal.

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  • Help Now

     

    Click the Donate button below. If you do not want to make an online donation, you can send your donation directly to Friends & Helpers:

     

    Friends & Helpers Foundation
    15260 Ventura Blvd. Suite 2100
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

  • Our Sponsors

    These companies and organizations play a huge role in helping us give back to our community and those that we serve.

  • Contact Us

    Friends & Helpers Foundation
    15260 Ventura Blvd. Suite 2100
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

    Phone: 818.757.1905
    Email: info@friendsandhelpers.org