Torres Shelter receives large donation from Enloe Medical Center

Mar 8, 2016 3:04 PM by News Staff

The Torres Community Shelter in Chico just received a major financial boost.

Enloe Medical Center recently donated $20,000 to the shelter.

“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.”

Back in January, the shelter's director announced the non-profit was in a financial crisis and in jeopardy of having to close its doors.

Since then, the shelter has collected more than $100,000 through donations and fundraisers.

“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.”

The Torres Shelter helps 700 men, women and children every year.


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