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Gathering for Women

Mission

Our mission is to provide homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula supportive resources and a caring community. We provide the women we serve with hot, nutritious meals, clothing, showers, comprehensive case management support, limited emergency assistance, education to promote a woman’s health and safety, job training, access to free basic health care, and connection to other community services and providers. Our vision is for the unhoused and housing insecure women on the Monterey Peninsula to live a healthier more secure life that includes a pathway out of homelessness or housing insecurity. Along the pathway, Gathering for Women provides the care, the support, and the dignity a woman needs to remain safe and healthy as she seeks affordable housing and a more sustainable and secure future.

The Big Idea

Gathering for Women provides homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula a caring community and supportive resources like hot, nutritious meals, clothing, showers, comprehensive case management, limited emergency assistance, education to promote a woman’s health and safety, job training, access to free basic health care, and connection to other community services and providers. Their vision is for unhoused women to live healthier, more secure lives that include a pathway out of homelessness. Along the pathway, Gathering for Women provides the care, the support, and the dignity a woman needs to remain safe and healthy. Through their Next Step Case Management project, guests can schedule health and wellness and recreational activities, apply for gas, bus and laundry vouchers, register for workforce development courses, meet daily basic living needs, receive new and laundered clothing, and identify social services for which they are eligible.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I found myself stranded and homeless in a strange new place called Sand City without money, shelter and six months pregnant. I was alone, cold and terrified. I slept outside on the ground, around people under the influence of drugs and alcohol. I felt completely helpless. Another homeless woman referred me to Gathering for Women. I signed up for services and case management immediately. Together my case manager and I created a detailed goal plan. I was housed in emergency shelter within two days, received all new documentation and benefits in one month, completed the job re-entry program, had pregnancy support, transportation, and much more, all in six months. Today, I’m employed and currently house-sharing in Seaside. My daughter and I are forever grateful to the ladies of Gathering; we only hope we can one day show how truly humbled we’ve been by their kindness.

- Anonymous