With love, respect and compassion,
Dorothy’s Place provides essential services and transitional support to
people experiencing the injustice of homelessness and extreme poverty.
The Big Idea
Dorothy’s Place is establishing a new
deli, the Red Artichoke Café, which will be staffed by chronically
unsheltered adults with high barriers to employment. Dorothy’s Kitchen is
already well acquainted with food preparation, serving about 400 meals daily.
The coupling of the cafe with the Dorothy’s Kitchen brand will give the
enterprise recognizability, capitalizing on the lunch and take-out dinner
desires of the large workforce of government-employed consumers who populate
central Salinas. It’s also very close to the new intermodal transportation
center, designed to contribute to a more walkable neighborhoods, and this new
dining spot can be part of that vision for a healthier, livable community.
Both Dorothy’s Kitchen and Red Artichoke Café are on their way to becoming
certified by the Blue Zones Project, a health initiative promoting well-being
throughout Monterey County.
Dorothy’s Kitchen helped when I was
homeless and broken. It didn’t just feed me, it gave me purpose and a way to
show everyone that I had talent and worth, even at the lowest point in my
life. That happened first through volunteering daily, then I was hired
full-time as the front-of-house coordinator. I love my work! And I want
everyone who feels low, and without worth, to feel what I do now.
Accomplished. Powerful. Worth it. So I’m going to help build Red Artichoke
Café, because that’s Red Artichoke’s purpose. I feel honored to be part of
the inaugural Red Artichoke crew, helping others achieve jobs, housing and
- Julieta Borges