During the current health emergency caused by the spread COVID -19, Dorothy’s Place continues to provide services, as usual, for our guests and clients. We haven’t missed a single day in any of our four programs: Dorothy’s Kitchen, Dorothy’s Drop-In Center, House of Peace Transitional Residence and Streets To Homes.
In fact, Streets To Homes took on an additional duty, assisting the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers with 120 vulnerable consumers isolating from the coronavirus in Project Roomkey.
Service to those in need has always been our mission and Dorothy’s Place has always been supported by the greater community, especially by those that value service above self.
There are no plans for disruption or cancelation of any of our existing services.
The Dorothy’s Place staff and volunteers are following guidance and recommendations from the Monterey County Health Department.
Staff and volunteers are modeling how to stay healthy and safe. They are working with hundreds of people who are living outside in encampments and helping them form new and safer habits – handwashing, masks, distancing, and keeping them healthy with excellent meals and sound case management.
– Stainless steel hand washing sinks have been placed along the sidewalk outside Dorothy’s Place, and hand washing is now mandatory for all those who come for a meal or seek other services.
– Meals are provided at the door. The dining room is not being used due to physical distancing requirements. We have a plexiglass service counter at the door to protect consumers, volunteers and staff.
– Each client has their temperature checked, and are required to wear a mask, wash their hands, and maintain physical distance, prior to entering the Drop-In Center. This requires staff to monitor and encourage clients with patience, persistence, firmness, and good humor.
– To date, not a single volunteer or staff member has contracted coronavirus at work or at home. Everyone comes to work every day with a positive attitude and a servant’s humility.
Dorothy’s Place is part of a radically brave and humble tradition of service to victims of chronic homelessness. Dorothy’s Place will continue to provide service for those in need. Thank you for your support.
Everyone has a human right to dignity, health, food, and shelter.