My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Franciscan Workers Of Junipero Serra, Salinas, CA, USA
Although I always gave cash, food, clothes and misc donations to this organization, I had never actually volunteered my time. Then in one of their newsletters I saw they were looking for people to "adopt a room" as they were converting the upstairs of Dorothy's Place to a shelter for those that were in a Gold Star Program. My coworker Andrea and myself quickly contacted Jill and she set us up. (Jill is awesome!! Lots of patience in educatng us about the homeless!)
We had so much fun painting, furnishing and decorating the bedrooms. We got to work hand in hand with the people that would soon be occupying these bedrooms. They were such a pleasure to work with. They helped with painting, clean up, moving furniture.... anything that was needed. And that wasn't only for their rooms, but for any room or anybody in the shelter that needed their help.
They were so appreciative of our time and donations. Thanking us over and over and over. Their excitment was such a joy to see. They were like little kids at Christmas! We felt like proud Momma's!
If you have never volunteered at Dorothy's, make a commitment to go at least once. I finally did and now I know I must go back to help. They need us, not just things.
To serve God is to serve others.
Love & Light!!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The shelter upstairs of Dorothy's place is now a beautiful, warm home for numerous homeless people who are working very hard to transition out on their own someday. From what it was before, to what it is now, unbelievable. There are not only bedrooms upstairs, but a kitchen, dinning room, chapel, showers, etc. It is a home for them. They are a family working together to make their lives better. And the staff is fantastic. So committed. Bless them.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
the organization is great.....no changes. What they need is more assistance from everybody so they can continue to improve the building, day room, laundry room, showers downstairs, office, etc. etc. etc.