Interim Inc., looks back on 45 years spent helping Monterey County adults with mental illness build productive and satisfying lives

Interim Inc., has spent 45 years providing housing and supportive services for Monterey County adults living with mental illness. Looking back through the history of the nonprofit creates a lengthy timeline filled with hope and humanity, compassion and caring, respect and resolve.

Since 1975, Interim has upheld its mission to help those in the community with mental illness build productive and satisfying lives. Through the years, Interim’s programs and services have evolved in response to changing needs in the county.

The nonprofit’s values center around hope, and promoting mutual respect, self determination and self responsibility. By creating welcoming, caring and empowering communities, Interim provides opportunities for growth while encouraging appropriate risk-taking to learn new skills.

It didn’t take long for Interim to make an impact in its community. In 1976 it opened Monterey Halfway House, providing 12 beds for those in need. The next year it opened Salinas Halfway House, followed by the six-bed Green House.

Through the years, Interim has provided vocational services, crisis beds, outreach programs, social support groups, dual diagnosis programs, short-term crisis services, resource centers and preventative health care programs. It also promoted community events that increased understanding and compassion for people living with mental illnesses — all while reducing stigma.

Forty-five years after making its initial impact, Interim remains the only agency in Monterey County that provides affordable housing, residential treatment, social support, and supported education and employment services for adults with psychiatric disabilities.

Instilling hope for 45 years

Since 1975, Interim Inc., has upheld its mission to help those in the community with mental illness build productive and satisfying lives. Our legacy is built around hope and humanity, compassion and caring, respect and resolve.


  • 1975 — INTERIM embarks on its mission
  • 1976 — Monterey Halfway House opens (12 beds);
  • Community Housing opens “Pink House”
  • 1977 — Salinas Halfway House opens
  • 1978 — Green House opens (community housing, 6-bed, group house, rented)
  • 1979 — INTERIM launches SLO Transitions (nonprofit agency in San Luis Obispo County); Vocational Services opens
  • 1980 — Sunflour Cookie Company opens (vocational training project/business)
  • 1981 — SLO Transitions becomes independent
  • 1982 — Monterey Halfway House becomes Monterey Satellite House; Salinas Halfway House adds crisis beds
  • 1983 — Community Outreach Program begins; Central East opens (satellite housing); VOC Services closes
  • 1984 — Sunflour Cookie Company closes; Community Outreach Program ends
  • 1985 — Central West opens (satellite housing, 6-bed group house, leased); Sunflour Cookie Company is sold; Pajaro House opens (transitional housing); “Our Voices” Social Support Group opens; Salinas Halfway House becomes short-term crisis house; Co-Op Housing begins; apartments open Orange Drive (5 units, leased)
  • 1986 — Catalyst Apartment Project begins; Pearl Street Apartments purchased
  • 1987 — Pearl Street Apartments open; administrative offices moved to Pearl Street; Central Apartments open; Elm House (Peninsula Transitional Program) opens
  • 1988 — Construction begins for Casa de Perla project
  • 1989 — Monterey Satellite House closes (8-bed group house, rented); Casa de Perla opens (6-bed group house); Catalyst Apartments groundbreaking/construction begins
  • 1990 — Casa de Paloma opens (6-bed group house in Salinas); Green House closes (6-bed group house in Salinas, rented); Catalyst Apartments open, March; “Our Friends” Social Support Group opens
  • 1991 — Acacia House opens (6-bed group house in Salinas)
  • 1992 — INTERIM Centre opens (administrative offices and three apartments); P.G. Pink House closes (6-bed group house, rented)
  • 1993 — INTERIM Applies for Federal Surplus Property at Fort Ord; Mariposa Apartments groundbreaking/construction begins
  • 1994 — Mariposa Apartments open (20 units); Orange Drive Apartments close (5 units, rented); construction begins on Casa de los Robles project
  • 1995 — Casa de Los Robles opens (6-bed group house); 20th anniversary celebration; Elm House changes to dual diagnosis program, becomes the Bridge House
  • 1996 — Property purchased for Horizons Project; INTERIM receives title to 13 units at Fort Ord for Shelter Cove; Supported Employment and Education Services opens
  • 1997 — First housing portion of Shelter Cove opens in May; construction begins in July for Horizons Project; Construction begins in July for Shelter Cove Community Room; Shelter Cove Community Room construction completed, December
  • 1998 — Shelter Cove grand opening, January; Horizons Project grand opening, July; Bridge House grand opening; plans begin for new Crisis House; first English Village Fete fundraiser, June
  • 1999 — Groundbreaking for Manzanita Project, June (new crisis house); construction begins in July for Manzanita Project; SEES obtains CARF accreditation
  • 2000 — California House leased (3-bedroom group housing); Cominos House leased (4-bedroom group housing); Manzanita opens, May (15-bed crisis facility); second English Village Fete, June; Soledad House renovation and new construction, July; Soledad House project completed in December (8-bedroom, permanent housing); 25th Anniversary Celebration, November
  • 2001 — California House purchased, February; Soledad House opens, March; Construction begins on California House; MCSTAR Program begins, November, (part of the county jail system)
  • 2002 — NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Monterey County and INTERIM partnership forms, January; MCHOME Program begins, June (collaborative program for homeless clients); California House opens, June, (8-bedroom, permanent housing); SEES contracts with DOR, July; Preventative Health Care Program opens, September; Sandy Shores property closes escrow, October
  • 2003 — Cominos Property purchased for Lupine Gardens, January; Little Cominos House opens for MCSTAR; Family Outreach Program begins, January; Hoedown for Housing held September; MCHOME expansion, October
  • 2004 — Sandy Shores grand opening, April; Capitol Street House closes (MCSTAR), June; MCSTAR moves to Fort Ord, June; Hoedown for Housing, September
  • 2005 — 30th anniversary year; Lupine Gardens groundbreaking, July; Hoedown for Housing and 30th anniversary celebration, October
  • 2006 — Central Street Apartments closes; Lupine Gardens Apartments and Intensive Support Services completed, July; Lupine Gardens grand opening, August; Agency contracts for five new programs under MHSA (Prop. 63); fourth annual Hoedown for Housing, September; Shelter Cove Renovation completed, October; four MHSA Programs open: MCHOME Program housing doubles from 25 to 50, July; Lupine Gardens Intensive Support Services, July; OMNI Resource Center, December; Transitional Age Youth Vocational Services (TAY VOC), September; Preventative Health Care Program closes, November
  • 2007 — MHSA funded program opens; Dual Recovery Services expanded, April; Pearl Street Apartment renovation begins, March; Pearl Street Apartment renovation ends, May; Pearl Street Apartment Open House, June; MIOCR program housing component opens at Soledad House, July; fifth annual Hoedown for Housing, October
  • 2008 — Consumer Advisory Council created; Our Friends consolidated into Our Voices and OMNI; Casas del Sol purchased for Sunflower Gardens
  • 2009 — Sunflower Gardens groundbreaking, April; Stamp Out Stigma program created; Coastal Treats Cookie Company begins business with the Sandy Shores/Shelter Cove community
  • 2010 — Sunflower Gardens opens, June; Therapy Dog program begins at Bridge House; Mobile Dental Hygienist program opens at OMNI Resource Center; Hoedown for Housing and Interim 35th Anniversary Celebration, October
  • 2011 — Received grant for MCHOPE; closed MCHOME housing at VTC and moved to Lexington Ct.; start of Rockrose Housing Project; reduction in WET funding/project; ARRA funded project for SEES ends
  • 2012 — Applications and funding for Rockrose continue; Let’s Make New Friends with Friendraisers MCHOPE opens
  • 2013 — MCHOME moves to the Integrated Health Clinic in Marina; construction begins on Rockrose Gardens; new contract with CSU-Monterey Bay on the Chinatown Learning Center
  • 2014 — INTERIM enters into partnership with CHIPSA-Wesley Oaks; Pajaro Street Wellness Center (PWC) opens; OMNI, SEES, DRS, Breakthrough/NAMI consolidate into the PWC; expansion of NAMI Family; support program Rockrose Gardens opens
  • 2015 — INTERIM celebrates 40 years; NAMI program expands to Salinas; TAY Vocational Services reopens; Peer Health Navigation and Advocacy Program added; PEER Partners for Health Program added; Success Over Stigma Program expanded
  • 2016 — NAMI Monterey County becomes independent of INTERIM; CHOICES DTI program added; Pajaro Wellness Center Annex opens; TAY Vocational Services closes
  • 2017 — Construction at Bridge House in preparation for expansion of short-term crisis services to Monterey; groundbreaking and construction of New Bridge House at Shelter Cove to allow Dela Vina site in Monterey to become Manzanita Monterey
  • 2018 — New Bridge House opens, residential treatment for adults with substance use and psychiatric disabilities
  • 2019 — New Program Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Welcoming and Engaging Team brings community based mental health services to consumers who are underserved or unable to access treatment.  Services are concentrated in southern Monterey County in community settings as needed. Shelter Cove expansion/remodel.  Added 7 bedrooms to the existing transitional housing and remodeled kitchens and bathrooms.