Issue: October 29, 2015
Have you ever wondered if our methods of tackling the homeless problem
were actually working? Well, Michael Madieros has. His organization,
Stairways Programming, is currently the only one locally that's adopted
the Housing First model. That means offering help to those in need
immediately, rather than waiting for them to get sober or seek mental
health treatment. It appears to be working. Read on.
In other news: It's Halloween weekend! So, why not start you off right
with a good, old-fashioned (literally) ghost story? This one includes a
prostitute, a poisoning and a haunted Chico home. We've also got an
update on leadership at the Jesus Center; we check the pulse of farming
in Butte County with a sixth-generation farmer; and we go see The
There's always more ...
Before I sign off, I want to remind everyone that we are seeking
nominations for our annual Local Heroes issue. Nominees should go above
and beyond on a regular basis to improve our communities. The key is
they're volunteers, paid for their good deeds in smiles and thanks, not
paychecks earned. Send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9
a.m. next Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Until next time,
Meredith Cooper, associate editor