What We Do
The Delores Project provides welcoming, low-barrier shelter and services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals during times of homelessness. We believe that hospitality, respect, and regard for the dignity of each individual lay the groundwork for forming positive relationships leading to lasting change. We also work to end homelessness by advocating for housing solutions.
Hospitality and Welcome
The Delores Project believes in extending true hospitality to each guest, helping them believe they are worthy of care and respect. Services are provided with as few requirements and barriers as possible. For example, guests are not required to present identification or immediately commit to a long term program. The Delores Project welcomes each guest, as they are, with no immediate expectations that they must “fix” their lives as quickly as possible; people are not broken.
Hope and Self-Determination
At the Delores Project, hope is held for people who have temporarily lost their capacity for confidence. Change comes differently for each person and guests deserve a choice in planning for their future. The Delores Project programs work in collaboration with guests as they identify their individual needs and goals. An individualized path to stability is then developed with each guest and the staff provides the necessary support for the guest to meet the milestones on their path. There is value in recognizing mistakes or poor choices as places to learn from and to move forward. Everyone deserves second, third and more chances to recover and reclaim their lives.
Each year, The Delores Project serves nearly 450 individuals and provides 20,000 nights of shelter through the Emergency and Extended Stay shelter programs. To learn more about The Delores Project’s welcoming shelter programs, please visit the programs page or download the 2016 Program Report.