Door To Hope Expands Into New Larger Space In Salinas For Specialized Programs


SALINAS, CA. — Door to Hope, a non-profit that provides behavioral health and innovative family health programs to individuals and families in Monterey County, continues its expansion and will relocate three of their programs to better accommodate its families.

Moving to the new location at 60 W. Market Street, Suite 140, are Pathways to Safety, Parents as Teachers and an expansion of their innovative MCSTART (Monterey County Screening Team for Assessment, Referral and Treatment) program. Services for children under 6 will remain at the 130 Church St. location. The new space’s 7,500 square feet more than doubles the square footage currently used. The new location will open on July 1.

“With this move to a larger space, we can immediately help more children and families and it allows us room to grow,” said Executive Director, Chris Shannon. “These three programs serve over 650 families annually and this will give them spacious and beautiful accommodations.”

About the programs:
Each year more than 800 babies in Monterey County suffer prenatal trauma from alcohol and/or drugs, and another 3,000 suffer from postnatal domestic violence or trauma. MCSTART helps infants and young children who have experienced trauma, domestic violence and/or prenatal substance exposure. Children referred to MCSTART undergo comprehensive medical, cognitive, behavioral, social, emotional and educational developmental assessments. The evaluating team of professionals develop appropriate treatment strategies to help ensure the children receive the early intervention services they need.

Pathways to Safety is a program in partnership with the ACTION Council and is based on the belief that if families get the services, support and solutions they need to overcome their challenges, they can keep their family unit strong. The program is an early intervention initiative that addresses the underlying causes motivating a call to Child Protective Services (CPS). It offers support and resources to help families resolve their challenges.

The Parents as Teachers program provides families with the therapy, skills and education they need to become better parents. Using a home-based visitation model developed on proven research, the core principle is that a parent is a child’s first and most influential teacher and that effective parenting during a child’s early years builds a foundation for success throughout life. The program also provides screenings for potential developmental delays and health issues.

For more about these programs, visit the Door to Hope website at

About Door to Hope
When people of any age struggle with addiction, mental health issues, trauma or an unstable home life, they need competent and compassionate care. Door to Hope’s licensed, certified and professional staff bring an exceptional level of expertise and a warm, supportive approach.

In 1971, Door to Hope opened its doors when three local women created a residential treatment center for women who were struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Over the years, Door to Hope has grown to provide behavioral health services to individuals and families in Monterey County.

Currently, Door to Hope has 10 programs to help infants, children, teenagers, men, women and families. The organization has helped thousands to restore hope, happiness and productivity, and have enriched our communities in the process.

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