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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020

I-HELP, Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program


Outreach Unlimited helps those who are homeless work toward becoming more self-reliant by offering nightly shelter, food and support targeted toward each individual's need for stable housing, employment or benefits.

The Big Idea

Men and women in need of shelter can find it 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 place to sleep, a hot dinner and encouragement. Other programs have waiting lists or qualifications that must be met for transitional housing. I-HELP is a drug- and alcohol-free rotating shelter that served a total of 187 individuals in 2018. Clients are picked up in Monterey and transported by bus to various faith community sites where they sleep. A hot nutritious evening meal is provided by the faith community or a local service group whose members sit and talk with the participants. The long term goal is to guide each participant toward independence, stable housing and employment.

I-HELP is the place to repair and rebuild your life. It’s the place to meet your flaws, so your happiness isn’t destroyed. Here you can replace sad feelings with optimism.

- Anonymous

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

The 2020 Campaign begins November 12.