CHICO, Calif. - Workers at the Torres Shelter say they are facing new challenges this year because of the pandemic, but the community support remains the same.
"It’s wonderful to see the community coming together and showing a lot of help," said shelter guest, Angela Keller.
Janine Gomez, housing locator for The Torres Shelter told Action News Now, they've faced some challenges this year. "Unfortunately we couldn’t have our two fundraising galas, we had to limit the number of volunteers coming in due to covid and it’s been wonderful for the community to come together, it’s been amazing the number of people that have been donating."
Workers told Action News Now that they saw more donations this year compared to last year.
The shelter has about 100 guests right now. They also hosted activities and prizes for everyone on Thanksgiving.
They have socially distanced their dining rooms and are serving people in smaller groups.
The food was donated by dozens of local businesses.
Guests enjoyed biscuits and gravy for breakfast, all donated by the Foodie Cafe.
The lunch and appetizers, meats, cheeses, veggies, and sandwich rolls were donated by Slater & Son.
For dinner, the oven-roasted and smoked turkeys, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted butternut squash, dinner rolls, and fruit salad, were donated by Robyn Bell, Impact Marketing, My Oven's Meals, National Charity League Inc. Chico Chapter, Tin Roof Bakery and Cafe, Great Harvest Bread Co., and Son of a Wich.
Dessert was also served. Guests enjoyed Pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice bundt cakes donated by Nothing Bundt Cakes and other local donors.
The shelter thanks all of their donors for making this Thanksgiving a success! They also want to thank the Foodies of Chico group on Facebook for providing a variety of much-needed donations for their meals.
How people can volunteer for the shelter:
Please give them a call if you’re interested in volunteering at 530-891-9048. Please note that they are currently having to limit the number of volunteers due to COVID-19 protocols.
How can people can donate to the shelter:
For material and food donations give them a call at 530-891-9048 so they can coordinate. They are also reachable via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and their Facebook page, True North Housing Alliance: https://www.facebook.com/TrueNorthHousingAlliance