Torres Community Shelter

Torres Community Shelter

About Us

The Chico Community Shelter Partnership is a thriving, growing, effective and always improving non-profit organization dedicated to assisting a wide variety of people in their efforts to achieve self-sufficiency and a more stable lifestyle. We operate the Torres Community Shelter and for over 13 years, we’ve provided shelter and related social services to help people experiencing homelessness in our community.
We offer emergency shelter throughout the year at the Torres Community Shelter. Services are provided to our guests at no cost, and include case management, beds, showers, evening meals, laundry, basic personal necessities, message and mail service, storage of personal belongings, and transportation. Related social services provided on site include SSI counseling and filing assistance, basic educational tutoring, health screening, TB testing and education, veteran’s benefit assessment, behavioral health assessments, AA and NA meetings, legal services, and referrals to job preparedness programs and permanent and transitional housing.
The Torres Shelter is the only emergency shelter in the area that serves men, women and families with children. Approximately 75% of our guests are male and 25% are female, in part because we are the only emergency shelter in Chico for men. We also provide family accommodations, and our facility includes five private family rooms.
Over the last few years we have been seeing a definite increase in people needing assistance.
  • In 2012 we served more than 670 people including 46 families with 77 children, and we provided over 30,000 nights of stay.
  • On average, 82 people stay with us each night.
  • More than half our guests move into a better situation when they leave the Shelter!
More people means a lot more expenses, greatly impacting our budget...higher PG&E bills, higher water bills, more shampoo, laundry soap, toilet paper, etc. If you can help us, please click here to donate!
The work that we do benefits the guests we serve, but also helps our broader community. The Torres Shelter is not only a humane alternative to leaving people to sleep on our streets, but it is also represents solid public policy. At the Shelter, we have the opportunity to affect people's lives and choices with support, counsel and guidance. Without the Shelter, we'd lose that connection and that opportunity to affect change in the course of the lives of the individuals we serve.  
Thank you for your interest and ongoing support. We can't do it without you!

Shelter Services

The Torres Community Shelter is a large 120-bed homeless shelter in Chico, CA that serves men, women, and families with children. In addition to providing overnight shelter, showers, and an evening meal, we strive to help people improve their circumstances...find jobs, housing, and many other things vital to getting back on their feet. Our facility includes a large men's dorm, a women's dorm, five family rooms, a warming kitchen, a conference room, and a number of offices. Staff includes an Executive Director, a Shelter Supervisor, a Service Coordinator Supervisor, two Service Coordinators, a Shelter Coordinator, and a number of Shelter Monitors, in addition to a large group of volunteers. Guest support services include:
  • Emergency overnight shelter for men, women and families
  • Private family rooms
  • Evening meals
  • Clean restrooms and showers, toiletries provided
  • Clothing vouchers to Independent Living Services (ILP)
  • Telephone message service
  • Laundry
  • Mail received
  • Case management and assistance
  • Free shuttle between the Torres Community Shelter and the Jesus Center (daily) and also from the Salvation Army to the Shelter on Sunday evening only. The shuttle bus is marked "Special" and the schedule is as follows:
    • Shuttle transportation from the Torres Community Shelter to the Jesus Center--Monday through Saturday at 7:15 AM and Sunday at 8:00 AM
    • Shuttle transportation from the Jesus Center to the Torres Community Shelter--Monday through Saturday at 4:15 PM
    • Shuttle transportation from the Salvation Army to the Torres Community Shelter--Sunday at 6:00 PM
  • Referrals to the following services:
    • Public benefits
    • Mental Health services
    • Legal services
    • Employment services
    • Addiction services
    • Medical services
    • Veteran's services
When making a referral or considering a stay please be aware of the daily schedule  and the conditions of stay that apply to all guests. Please call the Shelter at (530) 891-9048 for more information.

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