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Dorothy's Kitchen


[mailing: Dorothy's Place, PO Box 2027, Salinas, CA 93902-2027  physical address: 30 Soledad St, Salinas, CA 93901]

Everything is looking bright and new at 

Dorothy's Kitchen!


This is an update for our wonderful Dorothy's Kitchen supporters:

  • Yay! With your extra effort, we exceeded our goal!  In total, more than $164,000 was raised to repair our Kitchen and dining room floor damage.
  • We received help from more than 150 individuals, many responding to the generous offer of the Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Family Foundationto match donations 1:1 up to $30,000.
  • We did receive the $30,000 match, and also received a generous gift from the Haynes Family Foundation, as well as a $10,000 anonymous gift!
  • We received extraordinary help from local businesses, with $65,000 coming from D'Arrigo Bros, The Nunes Company, Tanimura & Antle, Church Bros, Salinas Steel Builders, Uni-Kool Partners, Bengard Ranch, Coastline Family Farms, Andy & Phyllis D'Arrigo, Dennis & Janice Caprara, Ocean Mist, Mann Packing and NewStar Fresh Foods.
  • We've also been overwhelmed with generous gifts of prepared food, food supplies and disposable dinnerware - ample supplies for sandwiches, and with the help of our ever-present angels Pacific International Marketing and Organic Girl, lots of fresh veggies and organic salads that made for great nutrition, even though we had no kitchen for a while.
  • And although the administrative dust hasn't yet settled, it looks like insurance will pay for a great deal, with our expenses being the new walk-in refrigerator, plumbing repairs and joist repairs totaling a little over $31,000.

    We owe a great deal to The Californianand Jeff Mitchell for creating their far-reaching awareness campaign, and encouraging our community to rally their support!

​Franciscan Workers, PO Box 2027, Salinas, CA 93902-2027.

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Dorothy’s Kitchen, founded with the desire that all people who are hungry in our community should come and eat, Dorothy’s Kitchen meets the urgent and fundamental need for food in an atmosphere of hospitality and care.

House of Peace

House of Peace is a transitional living program that promotes and provides safety, stability, and wellbeing for 12 adults who have experienced chronic homelessness. Living together as a community, the residents socialize with and support each other toward positive, healthier lifestyles.

Dorothy's Place Drop-in Center

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.

Women Alive!

Women Alive! Emergency Shelter is currently the only place single women, including transgender women, can find walk-in emergency shelter services in Monterey County.


Health Clinic

Our Clinic complements the other services offered at the Hospitality Center by providing the on-site availability of medical services. Volunteer doctors and nurses from Natividad Medical Center and from the community staff the clinic on a weekly basis. Our health clinic is open on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. and logs about 1,300 visits every year.

St. Clare's Corner

St. Clare's Corner continues our vision of neighborhoods of mutual aid, providing household goods, clothing, and food weekly during the winter to about 260 families in need who live in the general neighborhood of our Franciscan Workers Community in East Salinas.

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