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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Programs, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services

Mission: Homeless prevention

Programs: Housing services - the emergency shelter and transitional housing program provides 16 beds for adult men and women. Two of these beds are reserved for emergency shelter. Family transitional housing provides housing to 8 homeless families at various sites in davis, ca. The transitional housing plus program provides housing for 8 former foster youth aged 18-25. The cold weather shelter program provides emergency shelter to 10 adult individuals during the winter months. The permanent supportive housing program provides affordable housing to adult individuals with special needs.

resource center - the organization operates a day shelter and resource center where people have access to showers, personal hygiene products and other necessities. The resource center also provides transportation services, computer access and mail services. There is career counseling, substance abuse counseling and mental health counseling at the shelter also.

meals - a hot and nutritious meal is provided every tuesday evening and saturday afternoon to seniors, low-income and homeless individuals and families.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Davis Community Meals regularly on Saturdays for several helping serve people in the community. The need for and appreciation of this organization is huge. DCM not only provides a shelter to those in need of a place to stay, but also regular meals to families and individuals in need. DCM has become a family to homeless, needy and even lonely folks throughout the Yolo community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working as a volunteer for DCM has been one of the most rewarding opportunities I've had. The shelter provides a wide range of resources from a long term transitional housing program, to a day shelter open to the entire homeless population, to a cold weather shelter available for individuals looking for a place to stay during the harsh winter. The organization also provides meals throughout the week. The staff there are nice and compassionate about helping the needs of the homeless population.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer cook and general gopher for Davis Community Meals since 1991. There are many long-term volunteers. My term of service is not exceptional. I have seen the program grow from one meal per week to currently include 3 meals per week, a long-term shelter, a cold weather shelter and recovery/support services plus more. The volunteers are a sensitive, caring,dedicated group of men and women and young people. From my kitchen perspective the meals are prepared with attention to nutrition, balance, fresh produce of California and food safety. The dinners are restaurant quality, the atmosphere is pleasant and people who ordinarily would not be able to eat out enjoy a quality dining experience. Davis Community Meals is aptly named. It definitely improves the lives of many of its marginalized community members.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping with cooking in the kitchen one Tuesday a week during the summer is both fun and rewarding for me. I'm impressed with how many people enthusiastically take part in collecting and delivering donated food, sorting the food, cooking a nutritious and appealing meal with whatever happens to come in that day, and staying to clean the kitchen so all will be ready for serving that same evening. We share extra food with other non-profits like the Senior Center and Grace in Action. Also individual guests can come pick up surplus produce to take home. It is great fun to sort and set out extra fruits and vegetables in attractive displays like a little Farmer's Market with good things to eat. During the school year, I help the Unity in Community group set up, serve and clean up after the meal once a month. At the dinner guests and volunteers treat each other with mutual appreciation, respect and equality which I find truly wonderful

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the last four years I have learned that DCM has 7 programs that benefit the homeless or nearly homeless in Davis. With few paid staff and a tiny budget, this non-profit works to feed people healthy food, make them aware of and teach them how and when to contact the few resources available, house them, shelter them in cold weather, do laundry, counsel, and provide an address, support former foster children as they tackle college -- and always treat people facing incredible challenges with dignity and warmth. I love volunteering for them and giving them money. DCM is awesome!