including transgender women, that are in need of shelter, a meal, safety, and hygiene. Women of all ages come to us with varied reasons and needs ranging from broken and/or abusive relationships to lack of resources to afford maintain a place of their own.
We are still the only walk-in women's shelter (no appointment or pre-qualification necessary) in Monterey County. We see a higher-than-usual number of women with severe medical and mental health conditions, requiring our staff to be well-trained and accustomed to service that is widely accommodating. All women are accepted as long as they can respect others and maintain a safe environment. The length of stay is not limited, but after 5 nights of continuous stay, shelter guests are expected to engage with a social worker or community health worker during the day in the Drop-In Center to continue using Women Alive at night.
Our shelter coordinators provide access to resources and advocacy to obtain permanent housing. However, one aspect that is very unique to this program is the ability to find unity within a group that are all experiencing a difficult period of their lives, thus finding a new level of stability through compassion-based conflict resolution and trauma-informed* social services management.
If you would like to support this program through monetary or in-kind donations, donate here.