The Choices That Shape Us

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 in Letters from the Director
The Choices That Shape Us

When I was eight-years-old, I got in trouble for shoplifting. Well, actually, I didn’t. Dave Toler, Johnny Stelter and I went to Harnischfeger’s Market and shoved a bunch of candy, football trading cards and other assorted treats into our pants. We talked about what we were going to do as if it were an elaborate […]

“More than 265 Success Stories in 1 year”

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 in Letters from the Director
“More than 265 Success Stories in 1 year”

Helping people find a better future for themselves is what we do. Last year, we helped a new record of 265 people find a place to live. That’s a success story every 33 hours, which is considered quite extraordinary for an emergency shelter. It can be very difficult to help people escape homelessness. People come […]

The Ladder

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 in Events + Fundraisers, Letters from the Director
The Ladder

Poverty in the United States of America is an interesting topic. The conversation almost always starts with “the richest nation in the world.” I’m not certain this is still true, but since perception is reality for many, it really doesn’t matter if it’s completely accurate or not. We are certainly a wealthy nation, and only […]

Looking Ahead After 6 Years

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 in Letters from the Director
Looking Ahead After 6 Years

This week I passed a milestone in being the first Executive Director of the Torres Community Shelter to last for 6 years. It’s a fairly stressful job and no one else has held the role longer than I have. I take pride in that. In part because it’s also a milestone for me personally, I’ve […]

Thanks For The Compliment, It Sincerely Wasn’t Me!

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 in Letters from the Director
Thanks For The Compliment, It Sincerely Wasn’t Me!

I went to a party last night. I rarely go to parties for a plethora of reasons, but this particular party was a birthday party for someone I’ve known since I moved to Chico in 2008 and who now lives downstairs from me (so I was going to kind of be at this party either […]