Shelter spared

Torres Community Shelter bolstered by community donations

The Torres Community Shelter is weathering its latest financial crisis thanks to an outpouring of donations.

In January, Brad Montgomery, director of the shelter, announced the facility had the funds to continue operating only another six to eight weeks due to delays in grant money, fewer donations than expected during the holiday season and an increased need for services.

Since then, the shelter had received more than $170,000 in donations, including $20,000 from Enloe Medical Center. Montgomery said the bulk of that came from private citizens giving whatever they could afford.

Montgomery added that the shelter, which provides housing and services for about 100 guests each night, remains chronically underfunded and dependent on ongoing community support.