The Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra staff Dorothy's Place Hospitality Center in Salinas, CA. Some of us are employees, some of us are full time volunteers; we full time volunteers live together in a small intentional community inspired by the Catholic Worker movement.
We work for social justice as an expression of deeply held spiritual values that lead us to serve our fellows while living simply and mindfully in Community. We are an inclusive interfaith group who support each other in practicing our diverse traditions with the common goal of manifesting our faith in our daily lives and service.
We support this mission:
With love, respect and compassion, the Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra provide essential services and transitional support to people experiencing the injustice of homelessness and extreme poverty.
We serve these programs:
1) Dorothy's Kitchen opens at 8:30 in the morning for a hot breakfast for our guests, serving around 150 every day of the year. The Kitchen also serves lunch every day of the week at 1:00. We average 200 lunch meals daily. We make our meals as nutritious, tasty and visually pleasing as possible! Every person who comes to the door is welcome to partake, no questions asked.
2) Dorothy's Drop-in Center is a gathering place where street people and other guests can socialize and connect. They can take care of basic hygiene (bathrooms, showers and laundry) and health needs, and access mail, telephones, bilingual advocacy, and case management that offers support in taking next steps in their lives. We are open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM (closed Sunday and Tuesday). 3) Women Alive! Emergency Shelter is committed to serving women who are living on the streets. The primary objective of the program is to create a safe, non-judgmental, nurturing space for single women, including transgender women. Besides emergency overnight shelter, we also offer dinner, showers, laundry and case management. We are a low demand shelter; our requirements for admittance are behavioral, in order to maintain a safe environment. 365 days : 7 pm to 6:30 am. 4) The House of Peace Transitional Housing program is located on the second level of Dorothy's Place with the administrative offices of the Franciscan Workers. Our residents are former guests of Dorothy's Drop in Center and Women Alive! Emergency Shelter. They receive intensive case management in order to help them move to better living situations. "HOP" is always open to our residents!