Eagle Scout

Posted on Feb 27, 2017 in Spotlight

We have a budding Eagle Scout who has volunteered to help construct a sign in front of the shelter, and 10’X10’ shed in the back. Ryan has scheduled Saturday, March 11, Monday, March 13, and Tuesday, March 14 to work on the Eagle project. If you have, or can donate any of the items listed […]

A Grateful Heart – A former guests’ story

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 in Guest Stories, Spotlight

As she drove from Corning to Chico, Marjorie was “scared to death.” She knew no one there. She had been living almost three years with her sister in Corning, but this situation became untenable. Financially limited and unable to afford a place to live, she found herself homeless for the first time in her life […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Mr. Reyes

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 in Spotlight
Volunteer Spotlight: Mr. Reyes

I’ve enjoyed spending my time at the Torres Shelter. The staff and guests have offered a welcoming environment and I will continue to volunteer as long as I am able. I spend most of my time at the service counter. In this role I greet guests, retrieve and store their belongings, assist with laundry duties, and address […]

Meal Provider Spotlight: 5th Street Friends

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 in Spotlight
Meal Provider Spotlight: 5th Street Friends

It’s five o’clock at the Torres Shelter and both full-sized  ovens in the kitchen are cranked all the way up. “We were thrilled when the new kitchen opened and we couldn’t wait to try it out,” says Rich Ober, a member of one of the 15 groups that prepares meals nightly for shelter guests. Ober […]

A Garden Job

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 in Spotlight
A Garden Job

On March 29 a group of our guests, staff, and members of a couple of local organizations got together to create a community garden. It was a great day; the weather was perfect and everyone had a fun. It was the children who had the most fun though. They learned so much about how to […]

Shelter Spotlight: Sandy

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 in Spotlight
Shelter Spotlight: Sandy

My name is Sandy Laver and I have had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer at the Torres Shelter for a little over three years. I typically volunteer on Friday evenings, and have had the pleasure of working with some exceptional staff members – who are all worth their weight in gold I might add! They provide a […]

Parenting Classes

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 in Spotlight
Parenting Classes

Many thanks to the Child Abuse Prevention Council and Butte County First Five Commission for sponsoring a grant to offer “Be a Nurturing Parent with P.R.I.D.E” classes and volunteers for on-site Child Care during the classes! Taught by Barbara Burns, MS, these classes have been held at the Shelter every week since January for the parents staying at […]

“WHERE CAN YOU GO AND STAY FOR SIX MONTHS FREE . . .?”

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 in Guest Stories, Spotlight
“WHERE CAN YOU GO AND STAY FOR SIX MONTHS FREE . . .?”

An air of determination and grit surrounds this single mother of four grown children and soon           to be a grandmother of three. Juanita Dixon easily breaks into a smile and her eyes sparkle as she holds up an application form for the government Tenant Based Rental Assistance program that she just picked up from Torres […]

Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 in Spotlight
Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count

The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is an annual survey mandated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Every local Continuums of Care conduct a survey of homeless individuals residing in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and safe havens; every odd numbered year the count includes a count of unsheltered individuals. Being an odd numbered […]

Annual Point-in-Time Homeless Census

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 in Spotlight
Annual Point-in-Time Homeless Census

  The Butte Countywide Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) has set the annual point-in-time Homeless Census and Survey date for Wednesday, January 28, 2015.  Volunteers to help conduct the survey.  Volunteers are asked to attend one training session prior to the census and then be available for a two to four hour block of time […]