Dorothy's Place

co-operating out of poverty

What We Do

  • Dorothy's Place, Salinas CA

If you had nowhere to live, where would you get water to drink? Where would you go to use the toilet?

If you had no job, and therefore no income, how would you pay for food? How would you keep what you didn’t eat fresh for the next meal? Where would you cook it?

If you suffered from trauma, whether as a veteran experiencing PTSD or a victim of domestic violence, how would you even know what help to request, if you could bring yourself to request it?

These are some of the issues confronted by who are often referred to as the “chronically homeless,” or those who, even with assistance, find it difficult to cope with the demands of modern American life and stay sufficiently housed.

Dorothy’s Place embraces the model of trauma-informed care. This two-pronged approach helps to address both the underlying trauma that keeps the individual in a state of chronic homelessness, and the immediate needs of food, hygiene, and social services advocacy. Each program is tailored to the needs of the population served.

Dorothy’s Kitchen provides approximately 150 hot breakfasts and 200 hot lunches every day of the year for those who are hungry. Meal offerings include fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade organic salads and dressings, and healthy beverages, all supported by a generous agricultural community in the Salinas Valley, and prepared to optimize nutrition for very vulnerable people.

The Drop-In Center is a space in which our guests can take care of basic hygiene needs, access social and health services, receive news and current event information, and socialize in a safe and friendly environment. People are able to receive mail and have their laundry done, and they are treated with respect and dignity that is often denied to those in their position.

The House of Peace is a transitional residence for up to twelve adults, who support one another as they transition out of homelessness. A client-centered life plan is facilitated for each resident, assisting them with medical care, employment, financial literacy, and ultimately independent living or permanent supportive housing.

Women Alive! is an overnight shelter for single women, including transgender women, committed to listening to, encouraging, and empowering women. Every night staff and volunteers join together to provide safety, dinner, showers, laundry, bedding, and case management to women in need.

Our Health Center provides free health care one day a week as part of the Drop-In Center. Case managers and advocates from our Drop-in Center, Women Alive!, and the House of Peace work with volunteer medical professionals to assist anyone who is in need of health care.

St. Clare’s Corner is primarily oriented toward food and clothing support to our farm worker community, and operates during the winter months, when families dependent on the agricultural work of the Salinas area are most in need.