Our Programs

 
 

Solely Serving Residents of Butte County

Emergency shelter

The Torres Community Shelter is the only free, non-faith based, non profit shelter that serves men, women and families with children in Butte County. Every night the Torres Shelter provides a warm meal, a hot shower, and safe place to sleep to nearly 160 people experiencing homelessness.

However, we do more than just provide shelter. Each adult works closely with a case manager to develop a step-by-step plan to address barriers and find permanent housing.

The shelter is open for guests from 4:30pm to 6:40am daily.

New to the shelter? Please arrive at 2:00pm for intake.

Check-in is between 4:30pm and 6:00 pm nightly for returning guests. Please call and get prior approval for alternate check-in time.

To make an appointment to meet with staff, please call between 10:00am and 2:00pm, Monday - Friday. Case managers, agency representatives and social workers from other service providers must call prior to arrange for shelter entry on behalf of their clients.

BASIC RULES:

It is our highest priority to make the Torres Community Shelter a safe, clean and healthy place to say.

  • No drinking

  • No drugs (unless prescribed)

  • No violent behavior

  • Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
     

Shelter Services:

Guest support services include and are not limited to:

  • Emergency overnight shelter for men, women and families

  • Private family rooms and showers

  • Evening meals

  • Case Management and assistance

  • Public Benefits referrals

  • Clean restrooms and toiletries

  • Clothing vouchers from local thrift stores

  • Telephone messaging service

  • Laundry and mail service

  • Referrals for: mental health, legal, employment, addiction, medical and veterans’ services.

transitional housing

Established in 2015, Friends House provides transitional housing to men who have demonstrated stability while at Torres, and who are ready to take the next step towards self-sufficiency.

Friends House houses up to 6 men and is staffed by an on-site manager who works with residents on the next phase of life-skills training.

Residents must keep their rooms clean. They work together to maintain the grounds and share in household chores. Participants placed in this program are limited to a two year term.

Eligibility for this program is based on the stability of the guest of the Torres Community Shelter, as well as having a reliable source of income. Stability is defined as 90 consecutive days of nightly participation in the Torres Community Shelter with no suspensions or other disciplinary issues. Applications are reviewed by a panel that includes senior staff and the Friends House Manager.

Participants pay a monthly fee set at $350.00. Overnight passes are not required, however participants agree to treat Friends House as their primary residence. Participants are permitted to have friends/family visit the residence, but no overnight guests are allowed and all guests must remain on the ground floor.

Participants of Friends House are provided a variety of opportunities to learn skills from qualified professionals such as household finance and cooking on a budget. Participants are provided ongoing case management and other support services at no cost and they agree to avoid the use of alcohol or illegal drugs.


 


 

 

Permanent Supportive housing

Getting people housed when they are homeless can be a difficult task. Many of the people we help have evictions on their record, low income and other barriers making it difficult to find a place to rent.

“Rehouse Chico” is a federally funded program that supports rapid rehousing. The funds are from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the CA Department of Housing and Community Development.

Rehouse Chico will provide financial assistance and other assistance to low income individuals and families who have lost their housing.

Financial assistance includes: rental assistance, utility payments, and security deposits. A range of life skills is offered to aid each participant in gaining the necessary skills to help prevent future incidents of homelessness.
 

harm reduction

The Torres Community Shelter implemented the Harm Reduction program in 2016, which is also known as “come as you are”. This program allows up to 10 guests per night the ability to have shelter while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. As “falling off the wagon” is a normal part of the recovery process, the Shelter’s staff is able to maintain contact with these individuals as they make strides in their own recovery process. Participants of this program may also access our other programs with scheduling changes.


Kids club

Kids club is an ongoing activity group for children 1- 17 years of age currently staying at the Torres Shelter.

Groups average 8-12 children per group. Our flexible structure includes checking in with each child, providing a healthy snack, assisting with homework, and engaging the children in activities which often include art and other projects, reading and games.

We seek to provide a safe, fun and nurturing environment contributing to the development of healthy relationships, positive social skills, emotional intelligence and academic success. We currently operating on Mondays from 4:30pm - 6pm and are always seeking volunteers and interns to enrich our program.

breakfast club

Designed to be as much as work opportunity as it is a way to send our guests out for the day with a balanced meal, our Breakfast Club helps move people forward by providing transferable work skills so they can regain a stable income.

Guests who meet eligibility requirements for the work training program are then required to be safe-serve certified - taking the burden off of the new employer. Guests spend upwards of 30 hours preparing and serving breakfast giving them a healthy dose of real-world experience.

The Community Action Agency’s North State Food Bank provides weekly donations of eggs, milk, potatoes, onions and fruit. The trainees do meal planning, inventory, cooking and sanitation.

This training and certification provides a stepping stone to getting a job in the food service industry.