The Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra (FWJS) is a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation founded in 1982 with the purpose of serving people that have been marginalized and living in extreme poverty, including those living in chronic homelessness. Our core programs offered on Soledad Street in Salinas, California, including Dorothy’s Kitchen, Dorothy’s Drop-In Center, Women Alive! Emergency Shelter, House of Peace Transitional Residence and the Chinatown Health Services Center, are guided by a Strategic Plan for which our Board of Directors provides oversight.
This Strategic Plan for 2015-2018 is the result of a year-long process establish by the Board of Directors to address significant organizational changes, including corporate management issues stemming from the departure of the founding executive director, a shifting social and political environment, and continuing financial challenges. These changes have led the organization to an assessment of the current internal and external forces that have negatively impacted personnel, programs, and funding.