The heart and soul of the Loaves and Fishes program, Friendship Park is a private park that provides activities, information and a safe environment for our guests during the day. 307,278 cups of coffee were filled in 2007 as well as 218,967 pastries served for morning breakfast. The Park provides telephones and free local telephone calls to our guests. There is an Information Service Center (916 446-9316) to assist and sign up guest for services: Noon meal, hair cut vouchers, toiletries, and locker storage. With the help of donations from the community, Loaves and Fishes has built a Wash House which provides laundry service for our homeless guests as well as a place for men to shower and shave (with toiletries included).
Within the confines of the Park is a Library Reading Room (916 446-0874) where guests can appreciate a full service library with books, daily newspapers, and periodicals. The library allows quiet time and space for studying and writing.
Friendship Park's Day Labor (916 832-5510) employment referral services referred over 1,877 jobs to our homeless guests in 2007. Participants are willing and able to work in a wide range of jobs including yard work, construction and moving.
Often disconnected from family and friends, our guests who have died are remembered through memorial services at the Memorial Wall where their names are etched in stone never to be forgotten. The Memorial Wall is located over a waterfall and pond in a peaceful corner of the Park.