Category Archives: Monthly Updates

April 2020 — Monthly Update: Our Response to COVID-19

It is hard to believe that Butte County, this time in company with the entire world, is facing another monumental crisis. I sense around us both a certain “game face” mentality and an equal amount of exhaustion. How much more can we take? And yet we soldier on. We listen to the news from the…
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March 2020 — Monthly Update: Who Are “The Homeless”

Who are the folks we lump together as “the homeless?” It seems that if we could unpack this question, we might grow in our understanding and change the way we think about the issues facing our city. I try to help others (and myself) by first seeing them more like God might see them, as…
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February 2020 — Monthly Update: What is Love?

This is the time of the year where we get all sorts of answers to that question. It may be easy to get overwhelmed with the suggestion that love is candy, teddy bears or sparkly diamonds. But I’m convinced that Valentine’s Day is about more than the gift being given, it serves as an opportunity…
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December 2019 — Monthly Update: Hope.

My husband, Greg is a professor at Chico State. He is well trained, well prepared and really cares about his students’ learning. Yet, sometimes it seems his students just aren’t interested. Instead of reading the assignments, they get lazy with their preparation and simply “Google” a topic. The information they gather ends up in their…
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November 2019 — Monthly Update: We Were Made for This

Whenever someone asks me about something that happened in the last year, I apologize immediately and declare that I don’t remember any date since November 8, 2018. Yes, the Camp Fire here in Butte County changed everything. I do remember that day and the days of darkness that followed, when we would huddle each day,…
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October 2019 — Monthly Update: Deeply Rooted

I love trees. Their towering presence feels like protection, with their strong roots deeply planted into the ground that provide for them to stand sturdy, but with the amazing ability to flex and sway when needed. Trees are part of an elaborate system that we rely upon for clean, fresh air to breathe. And trees…
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September 2019 — Monthly Update: It Takes a Community

We continue to be in a season of both trauma and recovery from the largest fire in California history in our community. Sometimes the trauma can seem to be overwhelming and even discouraging, while people struggle to imagine a life on the other side. Even for service providers like the Jesus Center who for nearly…
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August 2019 — Monthly Update: Happy Birthday House of Hope

I am often asked to describe the work that is being done at the Jesus Center and there are lots of terms you’ve heard me use, evidence-based, person-centered, or best practices. But in a recent conversation about our staffs work, I was struck by the word nurture. As a verb, nurture means to care for…
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July 2019 — Monthly Update: The Complexity of Housing

Early on in my time as Executive Director, people routinely suggested that the best and only solution to homelessness was housing. Seems simple enough. And in fact, the federal government has invested a great deal of their funding into a method called Housing First. As a result, many exemplary programs nationwide are focused on getting…
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June 2019 — Monthly Update: The Disease of Addiction

At the Jesus Center, we serve a population whose rate of addiction—as high as 38% according to the National Coalition for the Homeless, a modest estimate in my opinion— is 25% higher than the estimated national average of 10%. Here, my staff and I hear stories from Jesus Center participants about how they first got…
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May 2019 — Monthly Update: March Showers Bring April flowers

How many times have we all heard the phrase, “April showers bring May flowers?” To be fair, the more accurate saying in Butte County this year would probably be “March showers bring April flowers.” Either chronology suggests a month of new life bursting forth, blooming in all directions; a month of fresh apricots, cherries, rhubarb,…
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April 2019 — Monthly Update: Kinship is Messy

Last week, as I was walking to my car in the parking lot of the Jesus Center at the end of the day, Nancy,* one of our longtime participants who uses a wheelchair, was being rolled out of the dining room doors into the parking lot by Kelly.* They were furiously screaming at one another…
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March 2019 — Monthly Update: Marching On!

More good news from the Jesus Center! This month, I’d like to tell you the stories of two men, both named Frank.  The first Frank was learning how to smoke cigarettes around the time most children are learning their ABC’s. In fourth grade, he began using meth after a family member taught him how to…
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February 2019 — Monthly Update: The Likes of Us

Take a minute to read the note to the right if you haven’t already. A Jesus Center participant wrote it on a napkin at breakfast and handed it to one of our meal volunteers last week. When I first read it, I was touched—and at the same time, I was heartbroken. “The likes of us.”…
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February 2016 – Monthly Update

Sharing our Vision: Being deliberate in the ways that we are helping the impoverished in our community We see poverty every day at the Jesus Center through our guests.  We see both the short-term effects with those who are struggling with the absence of something, as well as the long-term effects.  Short-term struggles often present…
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January 2016 – Monthly Update

“State of the Jesus Center” A report on what we’re doing and where we’re going... Happy NewYear! OVERVIEW The Jesus Center has been a core social service provider for over 30 years focused on relieving the struggles of the poor, homeless, and mentally disabled population in Chico. Today’s priorities derive from the original vision, Jesus’…
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Dec 2015 – Monthly Update

Click here to view the .PDF Dear Friends of the Jesus Center, Putting Jumbled Lives Back Together . . . Some Assembly Required Do those magical words sound familiar? They probably do if you’re a parent and they might bring back memories of Christmas mornings when those wonderful toys your kids wanted so badly needed…
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August 2015 – Monthly Update

  Dear Friends of the Jesus Center, I want you to read the story of Shelly Watson so that you can understand the value of the financial support you make to the Jesus Center. Shelly moved through using drugs to homelessness to staying in our women’s shelter, Sabbath House, to being employed by the Jesus…
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April 2015 – Monthly Update

Dear Friends of the Jesus Center, I am pleased to tell you briefly about what you see in the two page newsletter - about Gordon, Hydee and Duane, because they are examples of what we want for all the people coming to us to eat. Mandy is seen receiving an award from Chico Soroptimists. I…
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Spring Luncheon Postponed

As part of our continued commitment to the safety of our community, and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone the 5th Annual Spring Luncheon scheduled for Saturday, April 25th.