Dorothy's Place

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Women Alive!

  • Dorothy's Place

The Women Alive! Program is located in Dorothy's Place Hospitality Center, sharing the same space as the Drop-In Center area. Women Alive! Emergency Shelter is one of the only places single women, including transgender women, can find walk-in emergency shelter services in Monterey County. We are a low-demand shelter, meaning that we welcome everyone who is able to help maintain a safe environment. We are open 365 nights per year, serving more than 200 women through more than 5,900 shelter stays annually. Every night, our staff of professionals and volunteers provide support by offering each guest acceptance and understanding, along with a hot meal, access to toilets, showers, and laundry services, a warm place to sleep, and safety. Shelter staff, case managers, and volunteers join together to provide linkage to community resources, conversation, safety, and a caring space. We cherish the opportunity to practice hospitality and we want every woman who comes into the shelter to feel special, cared for, and loved. We look forward to creating a 24-hour shelter in the future, with help from the community.


The women who come to the shelter have opportunities to share meals, get a shower, do their laundry and have a safe night's sleep. Since we currently use the Drop-In Center for Women Alive in the evenings, the women sleep on camping cots that they bring out every night and fold up every morning. The program has Trauma-informed* case managers that work to connect women with needed services available in the community.


This women's emergency shelter is special in terms of not only aiming to provide a safe roof but also to increase human and loving capacity of homeless women to engage in positive and constructive attitudes, to cultivate nurturing feelings and sense of well-being -- including decreasing their tendencies of self-destructive choices. In this shelter, staff members, volunteers, donors and guests seek new and better ways to communicate, listen, and apply compassionate-based conflict resolution strategies to challenges and problems. The goal of this place is to supplant the demoralization of our homeless women, offering them some stabilization that is not only material but based on the practice of companionship and gentleness.

*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: 16 unaccompanied women daily average, 15 additional nightly for dinner only



Hours: 7:00 pm -6:30 am daily

Current program sponsors:

  • The Peggy & Jack Baskin Foundation
  • Monterey County Community Action Partnership
  • Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shop

              

Services:

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

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Individuals

  • Donate to help with expenses and to expand into a 24-hour shelter – the need is great
  • Become a Women Alive! 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 Women Alive! helper
  • Invite friends to tour Dorothy’s Place and get involved: Tour Schedule

Professional Volunteers

  • Therapists - one-on-one and discussion groups
  • Program design coordinator
  • Construction services for facility improvements
  • Plumbing services for repairs

Service Groups and Faith Communities

  • Become a Women Alive! 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 Women Alive!
  • Conduct toiletries, socks, or blanket collection drives
  • Organize a fundraising benefit event
  • Distribute information to your members about the Women Alive!
  • Sponsor a site-improvement project or Work Day with your members

Companies

  • Become a Women Alive! 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 Women Alive! 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