Mission: With love, respect and compassion, the franciscan workers of junipero serra provide essential services and transitional support to people experiencing the injustice of homelessness and extreme poverty.
Programs: Dorothy's kitchen: the kitchen feeds the hungry through a no charge, no obligation (other than good behavior) and no discrimination program of providing hot, nutritious and appealing breakfast and lunch on a daily basis. The kitchen doe snot ask for names or identification. Anyone visiting the kitchen is treated as a guest. In the 2014 program year, we reported more than 2,500 people served in the kitchen program, with 94,000 meals served. Prevention: the prevention program is comprised of the drop-in center, @risk gallery and st. Clare's corner. The drop-in center is a day shelter designed to be a gathering place where homeless, marginalized, and others who are our guests can socialize. They may also take care of basic hygiene needs (shower & laundry), be treated at our weekly health clinic, and access other services that are geared towards helping them live with greater dignity (mail, phone, clothing, activities and volunteering). Our @risk gallery offers studio space and a gallery to display artwork by guests of dorothy's place and other partners. We offer art activities as therapy and creative stimulation for our homeless guests. St. Clare's corner is an extension pantry of the food bank for monterey county, offering supplemental food for more than 260 farm worker families during the months of october through may, as well as clothing and household items. Women alive: the primary objective of the women alive program is to create a safe, non-judgmental, nurturing space for women beginning with an emergency overnight shelter. Currently women alive is the only no-questions-asked emergency walk-in shelter for street women in monterey county. We served 152 women in 2014 (unduplicated) with a dinner meal and overnight shelter, and another 10-15 women nightly that eat dinner, shower and do laundry, but don't stay overnight. Our shelter staff assisted women with housing, drug treatment referrals, mental health referrals, ids, critical transportation, employment counseling and access to health services. House of peace transitional residence program offers life skills, health and housing connections from chronically homeless single unaccompanied adults. Capacity is 12 adults. House of peace transitional residence: program that promotes and provides safety, stability, and wellbeing for 12 adults who have experienced chronic homelessness. Provides structure and supportive services including emotional support, linkage to community resources, educational direction, financial and literacy programs, as well as assistance with benefit applications, employment readiness, and job searches.
My husband and I were just asked to be on the Board for the Franciscans Workers of Junipero Serra just within the last few months. As Board Members we do not have alot of experience yet, but as community members who have always known about the organization that serves our community, the community that we love, we have alot of experience. My first time at Dorthys was when I worked with Severly Handicapped adults many years ago and as one of our job training sites, we came to Dorothy's Kitchen to do things like clean tables, set tables and prepare food. The young adults I worked with loved coming and so did I. I began to see how important Dorthys was to our community. I began to learn about the people who needed this amazing service. People just like me, people who deserved a chance to be treated with respect and I saw that at Dorothy's they got it. It is an amazing place where people have opportunities to rebuild their lives by building their self esteem and learning job skills and other important things. I also feel that it gives people in our community a chance to serve and give and teach their kids the importance of loving all people.