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7 out of 1,000 persons in Monterey County called for domestic violence assistance in Monterey County.

Bring hope and relief to those in need.
Give Dignity. Give Hope.
With a $20 donation you can make a difference.
The Domestic Violence Shelters are operated and managed by Community Homeless Solutions, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.
Bed Nights Provided

in 2018

Nearly one in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. And slightly more than half of female victims of domestic violence live in households with children under age 12.  
Unduplicated Guests

in 2018

Found Employment
Found Housing
Linked to Supported Services
Domestic Violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, culture, socio-economic level or education attainment.
How will your donation help those in need?

Your financial donation will help our shelter in providing better community and in-shelter resources to our Guests.

  • Transportation for both shelters, such as bus passes and gas cards.

  • Help in hiring more staff and provide more services for our guests needs.

  • Develop a maintenance department to address all building safety concerns as well as general property upkeep.

These are a few of the solutions your donation will enable us to give to those in need.

Guest Testimonial

- Y.R.

I am currently staying at Natividad Women Shelter for Domestic Violence. I am a victim of domestic violence. Before I arrived here, I was staying in my car with my 6 children, due to my husband abandoning us and beating me and my children and traumatizing them. I was unaware of the abuse he was giving my children until he left us, and the kids told me. After finding out all he did and was doing to them I filed a restraining order against him and took him to court he was arrested and sent to jail for 5 months. Do to all the abuse and trauma he gave me kids and my kids have hard time sleeping and they are all in therapy and counseling. I needed help and came across the Natividad Shelter. I arrived here on 2/7/19 and have been here ever since. When we first arrived I was welcomed with open arms. The shelter and the Case Manager have helped me and my kids so much. They have provided resources for me and my kids and have helped me also with applying for housing, section 8, welfare, food stamps. She has been there for me the whole way through and the staff has been so supportive and helpful with anything I have needed and any questions I have, she is always there for me. She is also the reason my kids are in therapy right now and why I am finally getting the help I need. The shelter has been live saving and changing for me and my family. My kids feel safe and so do I and we don’t have to sleep in our car anymore. They helped me with food and clothing for me and my kids when we first arrived, and I am thankful to the case manager and the staff for everything they do for helping me and my kids through all of this. No words can explain how thankful I am to have found a place like the Natividad Shelter. They have activities for the kids and the mothers every Friday and this brings a piece of normal to me and my family. My kids laugh and have enjoyed the time they have been here regardless of what brought us to the shelter. I want to thank my Case Manager Rosie, and the staff for everything they have done for us and treating us like family.

About Domestic Violence Shelters

Community Homeless Solutions operates two emergency shelters at confidential locations in the cities of Monterey and Salinas.  Our shelters serve single women, women with children, and men who are victims of domestic violence.  (Homeless persons are also served when there is availability.)  

Sixteen beds are available at the Hamilton House in Marina while the Natividad shelter in Salinas provides 32 beds. Both shelters operate 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, and provide case management, counseling, food, clothing and linkages to other community services and resources.  Stays at both shelters range from 30 to 90 days.  A domestic violence/crisis hot line is maintained by shelter staff who respond to emergency calls 24 hours per day.

Referrals to our emergency shelters may be made by anyone, including self-referrals. However, the person being referred must speak with one of our staff for an initial phone intake, after which, an “in-person” interview will be scheduled and the applicant may be admitted at that time.  Persons fleeing domestic violence will be prioritized and contact will be initiated by the law enforcement official reporting the crime.  They will accompany the victim to one of our confidential locations with their police report.

The Domestic Violence Emergency Shelters is operated and managed by Community Homeless Solutions, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.   What if I don’t speak English?  

Bilingual staff are available at both locations 24 hours/7 days per week.

2.   What if my child is 18? 

 A Separate intake will be done at admission.

3.   What do I need to bring? 

Your photo ID and Social Security card, and birth certificates and Social Security numbers for all children.

4.   What if I have no money for food?  

Food for you and your children will be provided.

5.   What if I don’t have toiletries?

Toiletries are provided.

6.   What if I take medications? 

Bring all medications with you.

7.   How do the shelters impact participants and the community?

Our shelters offer refuge, safety, and protection to those living in fear, isolation, and without hope. Knowledgeable staff provide compassionate support that help restore the dignity of our guests who come battered and broken, often fleeing one of the darkest periods of their lives.  With the support of local agencies, our shelters provide housing, social, and other services that enable guests to move to a safer and brighter tomorrow. 

Hours, Location, Contact Person

  • Office Hours:  Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm

  • Location: Salinas and Marina

  • Shelter Manager:  Helen Childers

  • Office Phone: (831) 422 - 2201

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