Thoughts from the Students at CSUMB
I often wonder how people see Chinatown in Salinas. Sometimes called Skid Row, the three to four streets that make up Chinatown are always in transition. I see changes every day. There have been efforts to erase the neighborhood or change it and it always seems to endure.
Chinatown is the place to go when there is nowhere else to go. It has long been the place where people are welcomed with a meal and a place to sleep. Though currently the place to sleep may be on the street, and may be in a tent on the sidewalk, these streets continue to be a refuge for people seeking safety and acceptance, people who have nowhere else to go.
Workers will be selected from applicants in our client base who have high barriers to employment but good potential to improve. These unsheltered workers will be housed and participate in life improvement plans through our House of Peace Transitional Living Program.
As work development trainees, when training is complete, they will be placed in mainstream jobs, opening availability for new trainees to participate.