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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 do this through Dorothy's Place in Salinas. Tax ID 77-0081240


Dorothy’s Kitchen: Carefully prepared, delicious and nutrient-packed breakfasts and lunches every day, plus dinner for Women Alive! – about 350 meals daily – more than most local restaurants provide.

Dorothy’s Drop-In Center: 120 different guests daily access everything from toothbrushes to food stamps, showers to MediCal applications, made possible by many different collaborative partners and case managers.

Women Alive! Emergency Shelter: Nightly safety, meals, shelter, case management and humanity for more than 200 women annually that would otherwise be forced into terrifying circumstances on the street.

House of Peace: Transitional living for those who used to be chronically homeless, with intense, compassionate case managers that walk alongside our residents as they make their journey.

We value the dignity of every person with respect for individual worth and human potential.

We promote collaboration in moving toward common goals. We are a community committed to caring and supportive relationships with each other, Dorothy’s Place guests, and other service providers.

We commit to becoming culturally competent by respecting differences and equal rights and freedoms.  We implement pluralism, gender responsiveness, and inclusiveness.

We serve with integrity, professional excellence, accountability, and responsible stewardship, because we are committed to maintaining the trust of those who support or utilize our services.

We respect each person’s agency, self-determination, and timing.

We are committed to social justice, advocating for individual opportunities and systemic change.

As an innovative organization, we are receptive to new ideas.

We believe in the power of mutual healing, recovery, and restoration of self.

We are grateful.

We would like very much for you to join us in spirit and intention. We can always use more volunteers and more donors!

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