I-HELP – Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging ProgramDonate
I-HELP is an interfaith charitable collaboration dedicated to helping homeless people work toward becoming more self-reliant by offering nightly shelter, food and support as they work toward finding stable housing and employment.
The Big Idea
Provide safe overnight shelter and support to adult men and women seeking help to change their lifestyle from living on the streets, parks and beaches of the Monterey Peninsula.
I-HELP provides overnight shelter and hot meals every evening during the year to homeless men and women who otherwise may have nowhere else to go but the beach, street or park. While shelter and food are a focus of the program, the primary goal is to assist each participant find the means to change so that when they leave I-HELP they move toward productive lives through stable housing and employment. Two I-HELP program coordinators provide the encouragement and support each participant needs to be successful. I-HELP is a rotating shelter. Each evening two faith communities (one for the men, one for the women) partner with I-HELP to provide the night’s lodging and a hot evening meal prepared and served by congregation or service club members. Participants are picked up and transported in the I-HELP bus to the host church where they spend the night with bedding provided by the program and in the morning they are transported back to either the pickup point or the Salvation Army’s Good Samaritan Center where they can search on the Learning Center’s computers (developed by an I-HELP board member) for jobs or local services, take showers, do laundry and have a meal.
I am in culinary school. I have 1 month left. The Chef, who happens to be the manager of the whole facility, has decided that it would be in my best interest to have me live at the school in an unused office they have. The office comes with a couch, a kitchen, bathroom and shower. The reason for this decision is that they are going to get me a killer job at Pebble Beach and I will definitely be working late some of the time. So Chef wants me to live at the school so I can have a steady roof over my head until I find my own place. Upon employment, I will be saving my paychecks to make this possible. Last night was my last night at I-HELP. I want to thank you for all you have done for me. I thank you, thank you, and thank you.
— Eric Menard, Age 40, Monterey