Joy Amaro - Executive Director
Joy was born and raised in Orange County, California. As a daughter of a United States Marine Colonel, Joy and her family moved several times, which landed them at Pearl Harbor Base, Hawaii. Joy graduated high school from Our Redeemer Lutheran, and then moved to Chico, CA in 1992. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development with a Minor in Human Resource Management. Joy has collectively worked for both Glenn and Colusa County Office of Education for 13 years. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Chico Community Shelter Partnership, Joy was the Executive Director for First 5 Glenn County Children and Families Commission.
Formed out of the desire to create a better community, the Torres Community Shelter (originally known as the Chico Community Shelter Partnership or CCSP) began as a rotating model first in hotels, then in churches. In June of 2001, an agreement was made with the City of Chico to lease the land as a permanent home for the shelter.
It was in these early years that Tim Torres became involved with the CCSP. Tim served as the shelter’s first director — initially as a volunteer and eventually as a paid position. Having been homeless himself, a result of his substance addictions, Tim had firsthand experience in what shelter guests were going through.
Tim was an inspiration to everyone involved in the shelter project. A big part of Tim’s legacy was his belief that providing shelter was more than a building. It was about opening doors and opening hearts. It was about the future, not dwelling on the past.
Construction of the shelter was completed under the auspice of then shelter Director, Tami Ritter. Tim Torres passed away shortly before building was complete. The shelter opened on March 17, 2003 renamed the Torres Community Shelter in honor of Tim.
The shelter has since expanded twice in order to keep up with the ever increasing demand to help more men, women and families with children move forward and out of homelessness. In summer of 2017, long-time director Brad Montgomery stepped down and in August we welcomed Joy Amaro as our new Executive Director
Torres Community Shelter
101 Silver Dollar Way
Chico, Ca. 95928