We Care Program Wraps Up Shelter Season, Acknowledges Challenges, Successes


The We Care Program announced last month that its year-round transitional housing program has housed two men and is in the process of housing three more. The shelter also released the number of total beds and nights the program has offered since 2003.

To date, the program has hosted 12 seasons of shelter services with a peak of 266 unduplicated shelter guests from Nov. 21, 2006 to April 30, 2007. That season also saw the greatest amount of shelter nights, at 8,495.

This season saw comparable rates, however, with 227 unduplicated guests, but fewer available shelter nights at 6,748. The total number of shelter nights offered from We Care’s opening on Jan. 31, 2003 to April 15, 2014 have been 61,181 with a total of 2,194 unduplicated shelter guests.

“We look forward to the continued success of those we have helped and are excited about the continuation of our year round transitional housing program,” the program said in April’s newsletter.

“Without the support from the people… programs like ours would not be able to thrive.”

In what can be proposed as a reference to the recent tragedy March 30, in which a homeless man committed suicide after being turned away from the center, We Care noted in their recent newsletter that this season has seen its share of challenges along with successes.

The center is planning a series of fundraising projects for the month of May. We Care’s annual yard sale will be held today and tomorrow on location at 221 S Broadway. To help set up at the event, or to help pack up tomorrow, contact Debbie at 209-664-2003. Tax deductible monetary donations are also welcome, and can be delivered to the center’s P.O. Box 1291, Turlock, CA 95381.

May will also be We Care’s turn again as the non-profit of the month at Just Cause Consignment. Just Cause Consignment Shop, located at 101 Palm Ave. downtown, hosts a non-profit agency every month by providing space for them to place items for sale. To make donations to fill the space at Just Cause in support of We Care, contact Debbie at 209-664-2003 to arrange a drop off of your donations or to request pick up.

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