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Spring at Friends Place

This spring was Friends Place’s busiest quarter to date, with 41 of the fiscal year’s 97 groups engaging lodging and programming over the last three months.
SLW participants who worked with Friends Place staff

Welcoming our Community at Friends Place

Having just marked two years since reopening its doors to guests, Friends Place has hit its stride with operations and programming. From engaging alumni, facilitating lobby trainings, and welcoming guests from around the country and world, Friends Place had a delightfully busy winter season.
A group of FCNL Advocacy Corps members gather for breakfast at Friends Place during a recent training.
Joe Molieri/FCNL

Friends Place Continues to Grow

Winter 2022
When Friends Place opened its doors this year, it represented a fresh start in many ways. The Quaker guesthouse on Capitol Hill, formerly known as the William Penn House, had a new name, new governance thanks to the FCNL Education Fund, and upgraded facilities. Now, with 2022 coming to a close, that promise has turned into a year filled with guests, workshops, retreats, and growth.
middle school students in front of U.S. Capitol

Friends Place Off to a Strong Start

Spring 2022
Friends Place staff have hosted more than 20 groups since February 2022, and dozens more are on the calendar. “The building is full of sounds; life; and many, many guests,” said Sarah Johnson, director of Friends Place.
FCNL Advocacy Corps organizers stand outside Friends Place holding "Love Thy Neighbor" signs
DAG Photo

Friends Place to Open in January 2022

Winter 2021
After months of extensive repairs, Friends Place on Capitol Hill will open its doors to visitors in January 2022. The building, located a few blocks from the Capitol, will provide meeting space, overnight accommodations, and civic education and engagement opportunities for groups.
The finial on the roof of Friends Place on Capitol Hill is in the foreground, with the Capitol and Washington Monument nearby.
Eric Bond

New Programs Planned for Friends Place

Summer/Fall 2021
Civic engagement programs for young adults and activist groups will be the focus when contractors finish repairs to the new Friends Place on Capitol Hill. The programs offered by the Quaker learning center and guesthouse will deal with building understanding and practice for creating a more just, peaceful, and equitable society.
Group of students stand on the front steps of Friends Place

Repairs Bring Renewal to Century-old House

March/April 2020
Repairs and refurbishing are about to start on the historic William Penn House (WPH), acquired last year by the FCNL Education Fund. When it re-opens in fall 2020, the house will strengthen and expand Quaker presence on Capitol Hill.