Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

I-HELP Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program


Outreach Unlimited which runs I-HELP is an interfaith charitable collaboration dedicated to helping those who are homeless work toward becoming more self-reliant by offering nightly shelter, food and direction targeted toward each individual's need for stable housing, employment or benefits.

The Big Idea

Homeless men and women find shelter every night at I-HELP. It is the only place they can count on in the Monterey area 365 days a year to offer them a safe warm place to sleep, a hot dinner and encouragement. Other programs have waiting lists, and qualifications for transitional housing. I-HELP is a drug and alcohol free rotating shelter. Men and Women are picked up in Monterey and transported in two I-HELP buses to various faith community sites where they sleep. A hot nutritious evening meal is provided by the faith community or by a local service group whose members sit and talk with the men or women. The long term goal is to guide each participant toward independence, stable housing, and employment. Every dollar you donate goes to make this happen by providing transportation and overnight supervision for the men and women.

“This program has helped me become more independent. It taught me to rely on myself and stop depending on other people. I-Help is good because it provides food and shelter 365 days a year. I think it’s great because all the other shelters are full. If it wasn’t for I-Help, I wouldn’t have survived the elements.”

- Shelia Traylor