About MOST (1:44)
7 out of 1,000 persons in Monterey County called for domestic violence assistance in Monterey County.
were provided outreach services each year.
M.O.S.T. (Mobile Outreach Services Team) is Monterey County’s only mobile outreach program and consists of a team of passionate staff persons who drive out regularly to areas where homeless persons congregate, e.g., river banks, freeway underpasses, and street sites. The team uses the M.O.S.T. van to distribute emergency food, clothing & supplies (e.g., blankets, tarps, jackets, etc.) and to provide resource information & referrals. Staff also conduct assessments and share knowledge about homeless providers and support services, while offering compassion, understanding, and hope.
83% of the homeless were Monterey County residents before they became homeless.
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.
Community Homeless Solutions has collected stories from survivors who have given their permission to share them here. We exercise caution so as not to expose a survivor’s full name and/or location if their abusive partner remains a threat. Calls, information request and clients are always confidential.