Programs Director

Meet the One Starfish Programs Director

Dorian Manuel

“It’s very important to me that we meet people with compassion and empathy, to listen to their stories in order to learn how we can best serve them. I believe this is where One Starfish shines.”

Dorian Manuel, Case Manager for the Monterey County Safe Parking Program, was born and raised in Salinas. Having grown up in poverty, they believe that access to social services is incredibly important to their community. Since joining One Starfish in 2017, they have worked closely with members of the community who have been living out of their cars to assist them in their journey toward financial independence and permanent housing. “It’s far too common for folks in this predicament to fall through the cracks.”