Our Mission

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"I was a stranger and you welcomed me..." Matt. 25:35

We can give money to feed the hungry, or clothe the naked, but it takes a personal contact to welcome a stranger. The mission of Friendship Place is "to provide a safe, caring environment where people of all races, ethnic groups and religions can always find a friend."

Friendship Place volunteers reach out to the children and families who live in southeast Rochester. The population we serve is composed mostly of Somalis, Hispanics, African Americans, and Asians. Many are refugees from war; others are migrants or people who have moved to Rochester from other parts of the U.S. in search of a better life. We seek to demonstrate the love of Christ by our actions in service to them all.

After School Program
4-5:30pm M-F

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Friendship Place offers after school programs to elementary children. Children are helped with homework, offered a healthy snack, learn cooking and sewing, and work on craft projects. A beautiful back yard encourages outdoor play. The children's 4-H garden, which always produces entries for the county fair, is tended from May into November.

Evening Tutoring
7-8:30pm T-Th


Volunteers for the evening program all enjoy working with the older middle school, high school and college students. Evening tutoring often involves helping a student write an English composition, reviewing math homework, or doing research on line. Many of our students are regular attendees who we have worked with for many years and have seen progress from childhood to responsible young adults.

Summer Program


Friendship Place offers a summer program of eight to ten weeks for elementary and middle school children. A typical day would include special reading classes, crafts, games, healthy snacks, and outdoor play. We collaborate with 4-H, Camp Victory, Rochester Summer of Service and Project Get Outdoors to broaden the summer experience.

Boys to Men

Boys To Men

Boys To Men works to inspire young men to serve their community, to be successful in education, business, and life, and to improve and change their own lives.

Contact Us

Friendship Place is located at:

1429 4th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 529-8791



Friendship Place volunteer opportunities are posted at the United Way Volunteer Center


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