Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Esmerelda Maldanado


Gathering for Women of Monterey provides resources for women facing homelessness. Often, severe mental illness prevents unhoused women from seeking, obtaining, and sustaining permanent housing. This capstone aimed to bring a mental health clinician to Gathering for Women's day center. Letters requesting mental health professionals to offer services at Gathering for Women were sent out to 23 mental health agencies and providers in the Monterey area to recruit a mental health provider to offer counseling to guests once weekly. The objective was for the Gathering for Women to provide an array of services that would be beneficial to the guests and that offering these services at the Gathering for Women would make it easier for the women to receive mental health treatment.