Celebrating Success

Read up on the latest success stories and needs of the ASL. If you’d like to donate goods, services, funds, or time, please contact Scott Freeborn.

Mia Ferreira, the Program Manager for the Alternative Sleeping Location ~ Friendship Shelter recently provided some very encouraging news about the Alternative Sleeping Location to Scott Freeborn, the St Mary’s ASL Coordinator:


We continue to conduct housing assessments and successfully place chronically homeless folks into supportive housing. In the last six months, we have housed 17 people into permanent supportive housing and 11 more are currently matched to housing opportunities. There are also another 94 people assessed and on the housing waiting list.

The ASL has significantly increased the quality of supportive services available to guests at the shelter. These include weekly support groups, veterans outreach, case management, housing assessment/placement, outreach staff and mental health clinicians, as well as health and other community volunteers. We are very pleased with the ongoing community partnerships that make these activities possible.


~ In 2016, we provided safe shelter for 501 unduplicated individuals.

~ In that year, we offered a total of 16,744 safe bed nights and thanks to you all provided over 23,965 dinner meals.

~ We had 45 people each night for shelter and averaged 66 people for dinner.

~ 22 people were moved to the Friendship Shelter’s Self Sufficiency Program.

~ Our population is aging along with the rest of the world, with 32% of our guests over the age of 55 and 72% disclosing some sort of disabling condition.

We could not do this work without ALL OF YOU, so THANK YOU again from all of us at the Friendship Shelter’s ASL for your continued time, efforts and support.  As always, we welcome your feedback and are happy to personally answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Ms Ferreira also identified some additional ASL needs:

Supplies-We have an ongoing need for towels, small blankets, socks, BUS PASSES, and hygiene supplies (shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and paste)

St Mary’s will help to fill this need.  Larry Spang and Jane Riedel are working on collection baskets, and where to place them in the Church.  We hope to get this going within the next couple weeks.

Dinners- There is a vacancy for an every other month, THURSDAY night dinner. This is only 6 times a year, so please let us know if you can help!

If anyone wishes to form an additional ASL team, please contact Scott Freeborn.

Lunches– A weekly volunteer is needed to pick up donated lunches at Laguna Beach Mission Hospital on Tuesday mornings after 10 am.

Again, if anyone is willing to take on this responsibility, please contact Scott Freeborn.

Volunteers-Individuals with health backgrounds (MD, NP, RN, LVN or other auxiliary health practitioners) are needed to provide health education and assessments on a regular basis. We also welcome other volunteers that have their own unique gifts that they would like to share (art, music, games, poetry, Frisbee, whatever!)