Torres Shelter Receives Generous Gift from Enloe Medical Center

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 in News Release

Torres Shelter Receives Generous Gift from Enloe Medical Center

The Torres Shelter is pleased to announce that we have received strong financial support from the community, including a gift from Enloe Medical Center in the amount of $20,000. These gifts are in response to our recent press announcement that we have been facing closure due to lack of adequate reliable funding.

The support from Enloe Medical Center is specifically aimed at ensuring the Torres Shelter remains open through the remainder of the cold and wet winter months.

“Enloe Medical Center leadership recognizes that the loss of shelter during cold winter months would present significant health and safety challenges for the men, women and children being served at the Torres Shelter.” said Mike Wiltermood, CEO at Enloe Medical Center. “Ultimately, the result of exposure on this vulnerable population would further stretch the limited resources of the medical center’s Emergency Department staff and facilities. This one-time gift is made with the intent of avoiding closure as Torres Shelter leadership work toward a sustainable solution to year-round funding.”

Together, these community gifts make a major contribution toward the Torres Shelter’s ability to continue to provide meals, housing and support services to more than 100 guests per night/700+ people per year. As the Torres Shelter continues to manage operations through our current financial crisis, the gifts from Enloe and others are a generous act of support for the community’s well-being. Says Brad Montgomery, Torres Executive Director, “We are thrilled with the outpouring of support our community has shown over the past five weeks as we work to survive this financial crisis. With support from partners like Enloe, we know we will get through this crisis and keep our doors open. We simply can’t thank our supporters enough for their generosity, leadership and sense of demonstrated sacrifice for the common good or our community.”

The Torres Shelter, located at 101 Silver Dollar Way, started providing emergency shelter to people experiencing homelessness in 1998. Torres is the largest emergency shelter in the community and the only local year-round shelter where men, women and families with children can check in 365 days a year. Last year alone, Torres services provided a safe and healthy alternative to our streets and creeks for more than 700 people. The fastest growing population at the Shelter continues to be families; last year we served 54 families with children. This means that tonight there will be mothers, fathers, and children who will be fed and housed, rather than spending the night in cars or under bridges.

Homelessness, as well as the costs and problems associated with it, continues to grow in Butte County and the City of Chico. In getting and keeping people off the streets, the Torres Shelter is saving the community millions of dollars every year, while improving the lives of shelter guests. Last year alone, the Torres Shelter had a success story every 33 hours, helping move someone out of the cycle of homelessness and into housing.

“Each donation we receive will not only help us through these difficult times,” says Rich Ober, Board Chair of the Torres Shelter, “it also points to the confidence our donors have that our future will be better. We are working every day to continue to earn that confidence, as well as the trust of everyone in the community. We believe with continued hard work we will be able to weather this storm and emerge stronger and better able to serve the community for years to come.”

If anyone has any questions about Torres, its mission or its services, they are invited to call the Shelter at 530 891-9048 or visit the Torres website at www.chicoshelter.org. Questions can also be directed to Torres Executive Director Brad Montgomery at brad@chicoshelter.org. Community members from near and far are invited to follow the Torres Facebook page for more opportunities and reasons to help. If you’d like to mail in a donation, the address is 101 Silver Dollar Way, Chico CA 95928. For sustained monthly giving, go to – www.chicoshelter.org/donate