CHICO, Calif. - The Jesus Center in Chico is moving to the old Work Training Center near the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds from its long-time spot on Park Avenue.
This new location will provide shelter for more people who are homeless.
"We're trying to create a place full of dignity and love to help people heal from their trauma from living on the streets,” Chief Operations Director for the Jesus Center, Amber Abney-Bass, said.
After providing shelter for 40 years at its original location on Park Avenue, the Jesus Center decided it was time for a change.
"We only had housing for 23 women and children," Abney-Bass said. “When we move over to Fair Street, we are going to be able to expand that to not only 60 people but also be able to include men for the first time."
The current Jesus Center only allows for people to be at the center at night, but the move will allow the center to expand the hours people can be at the center.
"Also, transition our model from an emergency shelter model which means people can only be here at night, into an entire day program so that is something we are really excited about,” Abney-Bass said.
The new Jesus Center will be a non-congregate shelter with about four to six beds per room to keep residents socially distanced.
The Jesus Center offers a meal service to those in need and the homeless, but with a change in location will come a change in the meal service to only residents at the new location.
"We have seen over the last many years the people coming here for meals has dwindled down and the number of people coming here now for our to-go meal program is nearly identical to the occupancy that we will be able to hold over on Fair Street,” Abney-Bass said.
Right now, the Jesus Center provides 70 breakfast and dinner to-go meals for those who need them.