This year Paso Cares began distributing a solar light and no cook feedbag. We hope to mitigate fire hazard in our riverbed where many homeless people reside. Our Community members provide hygiene kits, no cook food items and helping hands to serve dinner year round. This is an effort that takes many people and we are grateful that our Paso Robles Community is so generous.
We continue to need ”blessing bags” a term we use for hygiene kits. We also need menswear such as jeans and t-shirts in a variety of sizes. We have had a very busy summer and depend upon our amazing volunteers and donors to operate our services.
Paso Cares Homeless Services is conducting a canned food drive to provide shelf stable foods that do not require heating or cooking. Currently the homeless specific foodbags distributed contain items likely to be heated prior to consuming. Paso Cares
is requesting flip top cans of nutrient rich food such as tuna or chicken that will replace items likely to be heated that will be included with the food bag. The requested food is intended to reduce fire hazard among the homeless. Suggested food items include tuna chicken ,trail mix and crackers. Drop off locations include Earth Tones Gifts and Gallery 1319 Park St. and Golden One Credit Union 128 Niblick Road In Paso Robles. You may also contact Gail McNichols at 805 712-4710.
On April 23,2019 the County Board of Supervisors awarded the City of Paso Robles a HEAP ( Homeless Emergency Assistance Program) Grant of 1.5 million dollars to improve the efforts to assist the homeless population in our Community. Work has begun on the plans for a 36 bed facility that will be located on Sulfer Springs Road.
The 2018 - 2019 Winter Extreme Weather Shelter program has officially concluded ! Paso Cares operated 83 nights of shelter for 26 individuals this past winter. We are extremely grateful to our Paso Robles Community volunteers who make this possible. Volunteers attended training and acted as chaperones to facilitate the availability of a warm place to spend the night. We are also grateful to the following Community Churches for opening their doors and housing our clients; Highlands Church, New Life Church,Paso Robles Community Christian Church, Paso Robles United Methodist Church and Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Welcome to Paso Cares' first newsletter!
We have just completed our third season of operating a warming station and have grasped the reins of People's Kitchen. We want to share our successes and dreams with the greater Paso Robles Community and look to the future in which we can improve the livability of our City.