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Nov 10 - Dec 31, 2022

Dorothy's Place


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.

The Big Idea

Chronic homelessness places an increased burden on hospitals, shelters, and corrections systems. Numerous studies show supportive housing can reduce those costs to the taxpayer by nearly half. The House of Peace Transitional Living Residence at Dorothy’s Place provides shelter, structure, and supportive services to community members who have experienced the injustice of chronic homelessness and are working towards a permanent housing solution. This nonprofit’s Big Idea is to support 24 people from House of Peace into sustainable permanent housing. House of Peace will provide consumers with support in connection to services such as counseling, vocational training, financial literacy programs, and healthcare access. A case manager will work to create an Individual Service Plan centered around the consumer's goals to increase the chances of success in their transition to stable permanent housing and healthy living.

I was very grateful to come home every night to a safe place. I was safe in House of Peace, safe from myself because I am my biggest first and last problem. When I accepted to go into House of Peace, I decided that I was going to commit to one year and do what I needed to do in order to get housed. Instead, it took six months. It feels good to get home. Now, the goal is to keep it. I am aware that I need to take care of what takes care of me. I plan financially monthly. I even have a cat as a roommate. The lease is under my name and that means this roof is mine and I intend for it to be mine for a long time

- Mark Youtsey