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In Harm’s Way

An Ordinary Life

A Weekly Column from the Executive Director of Dorothy’s Place

by Jill Allen

People on occasion have asked me how I became executive director of a non-profit agency that provides human services in such a downtrodden place as Salinas’ Chinatown. They ask what sustains me? What keeps me going?

About Dorothy’s Place

For more than 3 decades, Dorothy’s Place, operated by the Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra, has been dedicated to serving people who experience homelessness, poverty, and marginalization in Monterey County. We have continued to expand our understanding of chronic homelessness with the desire to create a trauma-informed safety net and springboard for health and self-sufficiency.