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Review for Gathering for Women - Monterey, Monterey, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  Volunteer