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Gathering for Women - Monterey

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Our mission is to provide supportive services within a caring community to homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula. Our vision is for the unhoused and housing insecure women on the Monterey Peninsula to live a healthier, more secure life that includes a pathway out of homelessness or housing insecurity. Along the pathway, Gathering for Women provides the care, the support, and the dignity a woman needs to remain safe and healthy as she seeks affordable housing and a more sustainable and secure future.

Target demographics: Homeless and housing insecure women

Direct beneficiaries per year: Nearly 500 women

Geographic areas served: The Monterey Peninsula

Programs: We provide meals, shower facilities, and clean clothes to address immediate health and safety needs. Through our case management, we are able to effectively address some of the underlying causes of homelessness including domestic violence, extreme financial hardship, unemployment, and mental or physical health issues. We address all of these, either in house, or by bringing in other service providers through our community partnerships.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Gathering for Women, and have witness the dedication and kindness that this organization extends to our women guest. I have learned so much about compassion, kindness, and patients, with this organization. To see the positive impact on the women guest as they grow with confidence through a difficult time, is reward in itself.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gathering for Women-Monterey is an extraordinary organization. Founded only 5 short years ago, a collaboration of five women, has grown to having a corp of over 165 active volunteers and 8 part-time, full-time employees, providing needed services to homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula. Every day we see grateful smiles from uplifted faces of women who come to us to gain a sense of community, get nutritious meals, clean clothing and personal care items. Our program offers enrichment classes such as writing, painting, crafts, as well as courses on resume writing and developing interviewing skills. Staff includes case management counselors who assist our women to secure jobs, get medical and mental health services and ultimately to assist in efforts to secure housing. Each day at the Center provides insight into what can be done to improve the lives of women who have been marginalized because of factors leading to homelessness. Every day I gain more than I could ever give. I have learned that homelessness can touch anyone - ones we love and even ourselves with a death of spouse, a major illness, loss of income, domestic violence, etc. I am grateful to be in a position to provide help to this community of women.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Gathering for Women since February and in August I joined the Board of Directors. The organization’s impact on the unhoused and housing insecure women on the Monterey Peninsula is tremendous. Services are provided with genuine love and care. The experience is life changing for the guests we serve and the volunteers alike!

Bobbie H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gathering for Women does everything from the heart to help the over 1000 homeless or housing challenged women on the Monterey Peninsula. Their mission and purpose is so compelling that they have been able to raise enough money in the last five years to be able to feed women five days a week, offer clothing and vouchers, showers, job training, social services assistance, and lots of TLC. I am proud to be one of their volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with Gathering for Women because I feel I have a direct impact with women in need. I like the way they value each woman, and call them "clients". I feel they constantly try to make women feel good about themselves, not make them feel like it's bad to be homeless. They have a very well organized volunteer coordinator, and I am enjoying getting to know my fellow volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best run and efficient nonprofits I’ve ever encountered as a volunteer. Everyone stays focused on their mission to help find more sustainable and secure futures for women with a holistic approach to eliminating the many causes leading to homelessness. Well worth your time as a volunteer and a worthwhile investment for your donations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After searching for 3 years for a place to volunteer, I finally found my "home" at Gathering For Women. I was, and continue to be, so impressed with the organization, the people and the outstanding work they do. The balance between running the place competently and being sensitive and caring is perfect. I am proud to be a part of Gathering.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Offering services to women who have no home, sleep in their car, or have precarious housing situations keeps me very grateful for what I am lucky enough to have. It's an honor to be part of the Gathering for Women team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gatherings is a wonderful place. This week we decorated baby pumpkins.Their basic needs are met, food, clothing, showers, etc. after that there are games to play And a variety of artistic Endeavors

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderfully warm and accepting place for women to gather, receive services and support.