Dorothy's Place

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Dorothy's Drop-In Center

  • Dorothy's Place

The Drop-In Center provides a welcoming haven for homeless individuals to access basic services that nurture, heal, and build strength. Here the disabling isolation of living on the streets can give way to individual dignity as guests find help in addressing their daily needs, including restrooms, showers, mail, and laundry services. They also receive information, Trauma-informed* case management, benefit assistance, and referral services for substance abuse, physical and mental wellness, medical and sexual assault issues, and housing needs, as well as support for engaging in systemic change efforts. One of the desired outcomes of the Drop-In Center is to reduce negative and harmful behaviors that make it difficult to secure housing. While the program promotes a harm reduction philosophy, it also actively engages guests with help in moving incrementally towards more stable environments utilizing early intervention services. Sprung from a grassroots movement, our emerging combination of love and professionalism creates opportunities for meeting basic needs, provides support, and offers safety and opportunity to those who are demoralized through homelessness.

*What is Trauma-informed care?

Homelessness is traumatic. It can involve the loss of home, community, stability, safety, and social networks. Trauma Informed Care is an evidence-based practice that teaches service providers and their organizations about the triggers and vulnerabilities of trauma survivors. Trauma Informed Care helps providers to provide care to trauma survivors more effectively, while avoiding re-traumatization. Homelessness is traumatic. It can involve the loss of home, community, stability, safety, and social networks. Trauma Informed Care is an evidence-based practice that teaches service providers and their organizations about the triggers and vulnerabilities of trauma survivors. Trauma Informed Care helps providers to provide care to trauma survivors more effectively, while avoiding re-traumatization.

- from SAMHSA's Homelessness Resource Center


Guests: 120 people daily average


Hours: 9:00 am -1:00 pm on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays to accommodate our Health Clinic schedule.

Services:

  • Advocacy and Trauma-informed case management
  • Toilets & showers
  • Mail service
  • Prescription assistance
  • Laundry services
  • Weekly health clinic
  • Clothing closet
  • Toiletries & supplies
  • Emergency/crisis support
  • Community-building activities

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Individuals

  • Donate to help with expenses and to increase our open hours – the need is great
  • Become a Drop-In Center Sponsor ($100/month or $1,200/year)
  • Conduct toiletries, socks, or blanket collection drives with family and friends
  • Organize a fundraising benefit event (we have support materials for this)
  • Volunteer weekly or monthly as a Drop-In Center helper
  • Invite friends to tour Dorothy’s Place and get involved: Tour Schedule

Professional Volunteers

  • Educators - especially literacy, ESL
  • Therapists - one-on-one and discussion groups
  • Program design coordinator
  • Construction services for facility improvements
  • Event Coordinator to plan community events with our guests
  • Plumbing services for repairs
  • Doctors and nurses to expand clinic hours

Service Groups and Faith Communities

  • Become a Drop-In Center Sponsor ($250/month or $3,000/year)
  • Invite members to tour Dorothy’s Place and get involved
  • Help to staff the shelter as a team
  • Sponsor and plan a community event with guests
  • Help plan and staff the annual fundraiser
  • Take up special collections for the Drop-In Center
  • Conduct toiletries, socks, or blanket collection drives
  • Organize a fundraising benefit event
  • Distribute information to your members about the Drop-In Center
  • Sponsor a site-improvement project or Work Day with your members

Companies

  • Become a Drop-In Center Company Sponsor ($500/month or $6,000/year)
  • Allow employees to volunteer at the shelter during work hours
  • Offer professional services by your staff members
  • Organize a fundraising benefit event
  • Invite employees and customers to tour Dorothy’s Place and get involved
  • Display flyers about the Drop-In Center in your business showroom or office
  • Conduct toiletries, socks, or blanket collection drives
  • Sponsor a site-improvement project or Work Day with your employees
  • Create a matching program for employee donations