Board members from the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless, a nonprofit that was close to shutting down earlier this month, were recognized at a San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.
Supervisor Paul Canepa requested the recognition to “celebrate the unsung heroes” of the shelter for their many years of dedicated service to the shelter.
Stockton Shelter for the Homeless located at 411 S. Harrison St. is a 24-hour emergency shelter that provides food, clothing, and services to homeless people and families.
“The many years of dedicated service and all the hard work and blood, sweat, and tears that you guys put into that shelter is just absolutely amazing,” Canepa said during the meeting. “I wanted to honor you guys today because what you do for the people that don’t have voices is what’s most important.”
Stockton city officials had been made aware in July that the shelter intended to close its doors by Aug. 15, possibly leaving more than 200 members of the shelter without a place to go.
Following a local emergency set in place by Stockton’s city manager, various talks between city leaders and discussions with the shelter, an agreement was ultimately reached to keep the shelter open.
On Aug. 10, the city of Stockton announced that the nonprofit shelter would be subleased to St. Mary’s Dining Room as early as next month.
Members of the shelter’s board were present at the Board of Supervisors meeting, some of them who have served more than 20 years there.
Supervisor Tom Patti shared a story about the shelter after recognition certificates were passed out to the board members.
Patti said he recalled a young man who he had once met who had lost his mother and father and his aunt was moving out of state, leaving him homeless.
Patti said the man found his way to the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless, which gave him a sanctuary, a place to live.