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Firefighters respond to Jesus Center incident

The Jesus Center is located on Park Avenue in Chico. Photo credit: Josiah Nicholl

Jessie Imhoff

November 16, 2019

The fire department was called Friday for a small, smoldering fire that broke out at the Jesus Center.According to Chico Fire Chief Steve Standridge, there was a hot water heater on the second floor of the building that overheated the floor, causing minor damage.Once it was located, it was put out b...

Taking out the trash at Bidwell Park

Volunteers grabbed cans, glasses, and other recyclable materials out of bags like these. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Ricardo Tovar

September 22, 2019

A dump-truck full of trash and several bins full of recyclable items were picked up and sorted Saturday at Hooker Oak Park. The park was a meeting ground for the community of Chico. A wide range of volunteers including students and families all freed their days to make sure Bidwell stayed clean. The 32nd ...

Getting trashed on a Saturday morning

Hundreds of volunteers line up to claim their free burger courtesy of Madison Bear Garden. Photo credit: Dan Christian

Dan Christian

September 17, 2018

Bidwell Park is looking better than ever thanks to a record number of community members who gathered at the One Mile Pool, donating their Saturday morning to cleaning up the park. Organizers estimated over 500 individuals volunteered to scour the park and pick up trash for the 31st Annual Bidwell...

Man seriously injures homeless woman at Jesus Center

The homeless woman was pushed from the balcony of the Jesus Center and sustained serious head and neck injuries. Photo credit: Josiah Nicholl

Josiah Nicholl

March 29, 2018

A homeless man was arrested Wednesday morning after he pushed a homeless woman off a balcony at the Jesus Center.According to a press release from the Chico Police Department, the initial report was that a woman had fallen. Police received a call around 3:50 a.m. requesting medical assistance at 1297 P...

Greek Week breaks records

Alpha Omicron Pi poses before the making strides walk on Oct. 8. Photo courtesy of Anna Pladini.

Marrion Charissa Cruz

October 20, 2016

Every fall Greek life on campus dedicates a week to raising money for various charities. This year over $31,000 was raised for donations. Greek Week stats: - 667 pints of blood donated - 2,500 non-perishable foods to Wildcat Food Pantry & Jesus Center - $1,350 for a local charity -...

Wildcat Pantry grows, connects with campus and students

Non-perishable food on the shelves of the Wildcat pantry. Photo credit: Molly Sullivan

Molly Sullivan

September 21, 2016

Kathleen Moroney’s office is like no other on campus. Next to her desk and the other typical office furniture, Moroney has two bookcases full of food. There are shelves filled with rice, canned food, peanut butter and a box of squash and gourds lies on the floor. Her office is home to the Wildc...

Red-top meters to help homeless

Charles, a homeless man, carries all of his belongings and his dog with him at all times. Photo credit: Sam Barker

Lauren Anderson

September 15, 2015

  An increase in complaints about aggressive panhandling has caused the Downtown Business Association to take action and provide shelters for the homeless. Melanie Bassett, executive director of the Downtown Business Association, said panhandling has been discouraging people from going d...

Local rock bands deliver invigorating benefit concert after recovering lost bass

Local band Bull Moose Party's singer Mallory Penzotti takes her vocal energy to the next level at Wanderers & Wolves' Replace the Bass concert on Saturday at The DownLo. Photo credit: Jeffrey Fox

Jeffrey Fox

September 7, 2014

A monkey-masked woman belly danced against the stage, a singer leaped from a kick drum and the audience cried with delight as three bands proved that rock 'n' roll still exists in its rawest form on Saturday at The DownLo. The show, originally called "Replace the Bass," was intended to raise money for headliner and local band Wanderers & Wolves to replace a bass...

Homeless remain outdoors in the rain

Nathan Lehmann

April 7, 2014

Even in under the recent rainy weather, some homeless in Chico remain outdoors. “I’ve stayed wet,” said Dove Story, a transient in Chico since 1987, in response to the heavy rainfall in the past several weeks. Story said she doesn't fit well in shelters. If she and her friends get ill ...

University provides food for students in need

The Hungry Wildcat pantry is stocked with food for those in need.Photo credit: Thomas Martinez

Dominique Diaz

January 27, 2014

The Hungry Wildcats Food Pantry is available for students who don't have secure access to food. The program was in the works for two years before it officially began operating at the start of the fall 2013 semester. Chico State is the first school in the California State University system to create a program that of...

Community rallies to keep cleanup crew

William Reick, age 31, Program Coordinator of the Downtown Ambassadors is working to secure funds in order to reinstate the Jesus Center Cleanup Brigade starting February.Photo credit: Frances Mansour

Jessie Haynes

January 23, 2014

The Jesus Center and R-Town Downtown Coalition are in the planning stages of making the Cleanup Brigade a permanent solution to keeping downtown Chico clean. In November 2013, four individuals from the Jesus Center were hired to clean the streets of Chico early in the morning. This was in connection to a larger plan by R-Town to make th...

R-Town to fund homeless labor

Jessie Haynes

October 30, 2013

The R-Town Downtown Coalition, which is working to promote a cleaner and safer Chico, will be giving money to the Jesus Center.With the funds, the center will employ four homeless or unemployed individuals to clean up downtown in the mornings for twelve hours a week. The center will be receiving $3,700, said Doug Guill...

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