Walmart decides

Jesus Center gets $850,000 of original $1 million donation

The Walmart Foundation this week awarded the Jesus Center with the lion’s share of the $1 million donation it originally entrusted to the North Valley Community Foundation in the wake of the Camp Fire.

A total of $850,000 will go to the nonprofit’s Renewal Center—a project Executive Director Laura Cootsona previously told the CN&R she believes will take three years to open.

The rest, $150,000, will go to the Torres Community Shelter to support its 24/7 operations and staffing. Safe Space Winter Shelter, the only other applicant Walmart invited to apply for the funds, received nothing for its Orange Street Shelter.

Walmart spokeswoman Delia Garcia said that the foundation is considering a smaller, separate grant for Safe Space’s seasonal services “commensurate with their capacity for funding.”