We’ll just come right out and say it. We’ve been having Amazon delivery issues. It seems our business operating hours are not aligning with delivery schedule despite our operating hours being specifically stated in delivery instructions when placing an order. We keep missing the deliveries because they come after we’ve closed for the day! A few months back our Executive Director, Jill Allen, took the matter into her own hands and posted signs in two different locations directing the driver to call her personal phone so that she could collect a package that was expected to arrive that day. While sitting at her desk, she received a “sorry we missed you” text alert from Amazon. Not wanting to miss the delivery, Jill jumped up, ran down the stairs, and burst out of the door to try to catch the delivery driver only to find he was stopped down the block. The driver came back to his truck and Jill met with him to try to figure out a solution on the timing of deliveries. During the conversation it became clear that the driver had little control over delivery scheduling and wasn’t too interested in solving the puzzle of how to deliver after hours. He mentioned that he had leaned out of the truck to ask someone if the place was closed and Theo, one of our helpful consumers replied, “Yup they’re closed!” And off our driver went.
As Jill returned to the office with packages in hand, Theo asked if she had time to talk. If you know Jill, she always has time to talk with consumers. He told her about a young woman, Dawn. He had noticed her across the street looking very scared and very out of place, new to our Chinatown community. He watched as someone had stopped to give her cash. He was worried for her safety as night came because cash on the streets can draw out some pretty bad behavior in people. Theo asked if Jill had any ideas to assist her. Jill had a few suggestions, but Dawn was still untrusting, so Theo prepared to keep watch over Dawn for the evening. He told her if she didn’t have a place to stay, it would be safest to spend the night in the alcove of Dorothy’s Place. Theo, who did not have his own place to sleep, was prepared to help a woman he didn’t know fend off predators and guide her to some form of safety for
case management and actively participate in the supportive services that empower them towards of better health and improved outlooks for income and housing. We are thankful to learn from them about qualities such as compassion, patience, and resiliency.
And let’s not forget our staff. Our organization is blessed to have a staff that is passionate about the work they do and the people they serve. We went through a big change this year with the addition of the Enhanced Care Manager and Community Support provider role (see the summer newsletter on our website to learn more). Our staff has had to learn new systems, new processes, and new terms, all while continuing to seamlessly support the needs of our consumers. In every program, our staff shows up every day supporting consumers through success and disappointment, they are there to encourage consumers to keep moving forward, and to problem solve when barriers arise. They truly care about how our consumers are being supported in a path into better health and housing. They have a hard job that’s not for everyone and we are grateful they have chosen to contribute their skill and dedication to our organization.
As John F. Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” A quote we take to heart when putting your donor dollars and time to work by serving our consumers.
With the support of our donors and volunteers we are able to do our important work and enhance our ability to assist consumers by helping them manage comprehensive medical care and housing supports. Here are some program updates to show you how your support has helped us create an impact.
If you’ve been following us, you know that we are so excited for our new freezer! With many thanks to Salinas Valley Recycles, Monterey Regional Waste Management District, Buddhist Temple of Salinas, and Mortenson Construction for making it possible. This year, we have also continued our role as the largest no-cost meal provider in Monterey County. We consistently serve around 400 nutrient dense hot meals A DAY to people who would have gone hungry if we weren’t here. We also continued our bag meals for those who are unable eat with us, allowing them to enjoy their meals when and where they can. We were thrilled to welcome our consumers back on to the patio this summer as restrictions lessen, and we continue to keep our staff and consumers safety as our first priority.
Dorothy’s Drop-In Center (DIC)
This year the DIC went through big changes as
we took on the role of Enhanced Care Manager
(ECM) and Consumer Support (CS) providers.
This gives us a greater ability to help our
consumers connect to healthcare and housing
resources and to manage those complex systems.
We are often the first step in someone’s path to
housing and we take great pride in our ability
to build a trust relationship with consumers.
So many times, we see that the people we serve
have been marginalized and criminalized by
the systems that are supposed to help. It’s not
uncommon for them to be distrustful when we
start conversations. We’re honored to be a place
our consumers have come to trust and rely on,
whether it’s to get a hot shower and grab their
mail or recover vital documents and get linked to
community resources we are here to help.
Providing showers, laundry, mail, clothing, and essential items for up to 200 people a day is no small feat. With winter already here we find ourselves hoping we have enough to provide everyone with what they need, especially on the coldest of days.
Donations during this time are very much appreciated and anything helps! Please consider donating:
Please call 831-757-3838 or email info.dorothysplace.org to coordinate drop-off.
You can also shop through our Amazon Wishlist to ease your busy holiday season
Monterey County Gives! is in full swing and we’re hoping you will help us make a big impact for 2022. A donation to Dorothy’s Place through Monterey County Gives! will support our House of Peace program. Donations made through the MCGives! will be eligible to receive a matching amount that is calculated at the end of campaign. This year MCGives! kicked off with an overall Matching Fund of $750,000!
To donate online visit: montereycountygives.com/Dorothy
Checks should be made payable to:
Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) OR Monterey County Gives!
Community Foundation for Monterey County
Attn: MCGives! 2354 Garden Road Monterey, CA 93940
Don’t forget to write “MCGives! Dorothy’s” Place in the memo field.
Help us get on the leaderboard this year and watch our progress at: https://www.montereycountygives.com/
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Streets To Homes and Encampment
STH also added the ECM and CS provider role to the toolbox. Our social workers at the Lake Street office build on relationships with consumers that started at the DIC. We enroll them in Medi-Cal, help to find and secure housing, assist in managing healthcare appointments, and so much more. Our encampment outreach team has continued to go out on the streets to provide services and basic medical care to those who are unable or unwilling to come to the office. It’s hard work and it does have risks, but we see the difference we make when we consistently show up for consumers where they are at. Building trust is key to getting people the health services they need and moving them closer to permanent housing.
House of Peace Supportive Housing Program (HOP)
Social workers at HOP are ECM and CS providers too! We have kept busy this year and have helped 32 consumers get off the street, re-acclimate themselves to being housed, and create a plan for better living and permanent housing. We are almost full at 19 residents, who are all engaging in intensive case management with our social workers. Residents are committed to overcoming barriers that threaten to stop them from achieving their goals such as physical disability, mental illness, addiction, and the trauma of chronic homelessness. These residents have created a community in which they support each other and work through differences with the help of staff. We also just welcomed a new housing navigator that we can’t wait to head into the new year with. Expect to hear more from us and exciting things to come in 2023!
The work we do is made possible and made better by your ongoing support. We look forward to keeping you updated and engaged in the upcoming year. Together we know we can make a big impact on reducing homelessness and improving people’s ability to manage health and sustain permanent housing
Buddhist Churches of America
Central California Alliance For Health
Fort Ord Memorial Post 811
Lauralie and J Irvine Fund of the Community
Foundation for Monterey County
Monterey County Department of Social Services
Salinas Community & Economic Development Department
Monterey Regional Waste Management District
1st Church of Christ Scientist
Haynes Charitable Foundation
Order of Malta Western Association
Budget Inn Motel
William McNett III
Monterey County Probation Department
David & Judith Mora
Jesse & Portia Reyna
Salinas Valley Community Church Santa Fe
Shirley A and Wayne R Moon Foundation
St Joseph’s Parish
Toyota Motor North America
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula Walter G Canipe Foundation
American Supply Company
Michael & Ann Briley Geralyn Budenholzer Camaldolese
Hermits of America
Chevron Matching Employee Funds
CHOMP United Way Monterey County Campaign
Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula Women’s Association
Costco United Way Monterey Count Campaign
Tom & Rosemary Favazza
Italian Catholic Federation of CA, Branch 25 Nostra Signora Del Sasso
Amber & Mitchell Kastros
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
Roberto & Birthe Melendez
Sam Norris & Colette Erreca-Norris
Northminster Presbyterian Church Deacon Fund
Maria & Robert O’Farrell
Pacific Gas & Electric Company Employee Giving Nayan & Nimisha Patel PG&E Employee Match
Ruben & Yolanda
Pulido Clem Richardson
Check out the Get Involved Section on our website for easy donation information!
Check with your employer for donation match!
Many companies have corporate giving programs in which the employer will match their employee’s donation.
Set it and forget it!
Sometimes the easiest way to give is to not think about it at all. On our donation page you can select the box next to “Make this a monthly recurring amount”
Mary Soria Spreckles
James & Joan Stembridge
United Way California Capital Region
United Way Monterey County
In a recent meeting Martin Alvarez, our Streets To Homes Program Director, reminded us to make the extra effort to understand our consumers who may be struggling this time of year. Experiencing homelessness is never easy, but challenges are amplified during the holiday season. We are bombarded with images and messages of it being the most wonderful time of the year but that’s not true for everyone. For many, this season can trigger feelings of loss and isolation. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 64% of people report increased feelings of anxiety and depression during this time of year.
Winter also presents added danger with colder temperatures. The National Coalition for the Homeless reports that many emergency shelters don’t open until the weather is below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, but hypothermia can set in at temperatures as high as 50. People without shelter are forced to stay outside while others are gathering in celebration inside. We have been opening the Drop-In Center early on cold mornings so our consumers can warm up from a long night outside. We know that the holiday blues are not exclusive to people experiencing extreme poverty or homelessness. We ask that you take a moment this season to think about unique challenges our consumers experience during this time.