Commonly Asked Questions

What is SHOR? SHOR is a non-profit organization that organizes, funds, and operates a program providing temporary nighttime shelter for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness in the Paradise Ridge area of Butte County, California. SHOR utilizes a nomadic shelter model, providing homeless individuals and families with protection from the elements and a safe, clean place to stay overnight.

What is a nomadic shelter model? A nomadic model relies on the use of various facilities, usually churches, to provide nighttime shelter for those in need. According to a predetermined schedule, host churches allow SHOR the use of their hall or other rooms after business hours. Guests and supplies are transported by SHOR to the host churches on a rotating basis.

Do nomadic shelters work well? Yes. To find out about other successful nomadic shelters in northern California, visit the following websites: http://www.thegatheringinn.com/ http://www.cccwinternights.org/ http://hospitalityhouseshelter.org/ http://www.missionsolano.org/

Who oversees SHOR’s operations? Under the direction of the Butte Countywide Homeless Continuum of Care, The Paradise Ridge Homeless Task Force was established to address the needs of the homeless population in the Paradise and Magalia communities. This task force, along with SHOR’s seven-member board of directors, oversees and directs SHOR’s operations.

What is the host church responsible for? Host churches are responsible for providing restrooms and a vacant room (two rooms if one room is too small to allow for the separation of men and women) on the evening they are scheduled to house guests.

What costs can the host church expect to incur? The host church can expect increased energy bills associated with the additional use of their facilities. SHOR will provide all supplies, bedding, and other necessary items.

Does SHOR provide an insurance policy to protect host churches? Yes, SHOR has a $1,000,000 general liability policy, naming individual participating churches. “Additional insured” certificates are provided to participating churches.

Who is responsible for theft or property damage at the host site? SHOR assumes full responsibility for theft or damage caused by any of its guests, staff, or volunteers.

What type of supervision of guests is provided? SHOR provides two trained monitors to supervise guests overnight.

When and how will guests arrive at the host church? Guests are required to first check-in at SHOR’s welcome center. Intake applications, reviewing of rules, storing of guests’ personal belongings, and showers are all completed at the welcome center. SHOR then transports guests to the host church, arriving between 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Guests are not allowed to show-up at the host church independently of SHOR. They must check in at the welcome center and use SHOR’s transportation to the church in order to be eligible to receive shelter.

When do SHOR and its guests vacate the church? 6:45-7:00 a.m. Guests are awakened at 6:00. Once the facilities are cleaned, trash is taken out, and all bedding and supplies are packed up, guests board the bus to return to the welcome center.

What do guests do during the day when they are not under the supervision of SHOR? Guests are not allowed to loiter at the welcome center or host churches. They are expected to work on their plans towards self-sufficiency and permanent housing. This could entail attending various appointments or working at a job and saving their income.

Are guests allowed to bring pets to SHOR? No. Currently, pets cannot be accommodated by SHOR.

Are guests allowed to smoke at host churches? Smoking indoors is strictly prohibited. There are supervised smoking breaks where guests are allowed to smoke outside in a designated area away from buildings. SHOR monitors ensure that all cigarette remains are properly discarded before leaving in the morning.

Does SHOR provide shelter to anyone who needs a temporary place to stay? No. People under the influence, violent criminals, sex-offenders, and those expelled from the program for noncompliance are denied shelter. Additionally, shelter through SHOR is not suitable for people who are suffering from contagious illnesses, have severe and untreated mental illnesses, or those with untreated substance-abuse problems. In keeping with the goal of providing a clean, safe, form of shelter, individuals must be capable of self-care and not be a threat to themselves or others. Safety, for all involved, is a priority.

What type of intake process does SHOR use to screen potential guests? SHOR uses a detailed intake application, administered during a face-to-face interview. Additionally, guests’ history is looked up via the National Sex Offender Registry, Butte County Superior Court, and Megan’s Law websites. Proof of a negative TB test is also a requirement for continued participation in SHOR. Every effort is made to ensure that SHOR accepts guests that do not pose a threat to others’ safety and health.

Will guests be served dinner and/or breakfast? Yes. Guests are provided with a dinner qt the host church site. A to-go breakfast, consisting of ready-to-eat items, is given to guests once they arrive back at the welcome center.

How will SHOR handle misbehavior? SHOR has established a “Code of Conduct.” This signed agreement consists of 35 rules that guests agree to abide by prior to being allowed into the shelter program. Guests understand if they violate this code in any way, they are forfeiting shelter by SHOR. SHOR is a very structured program, intended to provide for the comfort and safety of all guests, staff, and volunteers. Therefore, strict rules regarding behavior are crucial.

What additional services, besides floor space, can churches provide on a voluntary basis? Churches may choose to help SHOR and its guests by having volunteers provide an evening program (games, movies, devotions, etc.), providing dinner and/or breakfast, allowing SHOR the use of church cleaning/beverage supplies, or by providing volunteers to welcome and “visit” with guests. Depending on a host church’s desire, it can simply provide the use of its facilities or it can fully embrace the shelter project as a mercy ministry, answering the call to serve those in need via SHOR.

How can I get more information on SHOR? Visit our website at shorparadise.webs.com or contact SHOR’s director, Stephanie Gregorio, at (530) 872-1162 or shorparadise@gmail.com

Quick Facts

MISSION: To provide the Ridge's homeless with safe, secure, overnight shelter, giving them the dignity and stability needed to strive towards self-sufficiency and permanent housing.

OBJECTIVE: To organize, fund, and operate a program providing temporary nighttime shelter for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness in the Paradise Ridge area of Butte County, California.

OVERVIEW: SHOR utilizes a nomadic shelter model, providing homeless individuals and families with protection from the elements and a safe, clean place to stay overnight. A nomadic model uses a central intake center and relies on the use of various facilities, usually churches, to provide nighttime shelter for those in need. According to a predetermined schedule, host churches allow SHOR the use of their hall or other rooms after business hours. Guests and supplies are transported by SHOR to the host churches on a rotating basis.

OVERSIGHT: Under the direction of the Butte Countywide Homeless Continuum of Care, The Paradise Ridge Homeless Task Force was established to address the needs of the homeless population in the Paradise and Magalia communities. This task force, along with SHOR’s seven-member board of directors, oversees and directs SHOR’s operations.

BASIC ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: SHOR accepts homeless guests (male and female individuals and families) who are sober, non-violent, non-sex-offenders, and do not pose a health threat to others. In keeping with the goal of providing a clean, safe, form of shelter, individuals must be capable of self-care and not be a threat to others.

GUEST SCREENING: SHOR uses a detailed intake application, administered during a face-to-face interview. Additionally, guests’ history is looked up via the National Sex Offender Registry, Butte County Superior Court, and Megan’s Law websites. Guests are also searched for on the HMIS (Homeless Management Information Systems) database. Proof of a negative TB test is also a requirement for continued participation in SHOR. Every effort is made to ensure that SHOR accepts guests that do not pose a threat to others’ safety and health.

HEALTH & SAFETY: Prior to admittance to SHOR, a health screening is conducted. Individuals with obvious signs or symptoms of a communicable illness will be referred to the appropriate medical facility. If guests are deemed a threat to others’ health, they will be referred to The Salvation Army for a motel voucher. First aid supplies are available and orientation to fire exits and extinguishers is provided.

LENGTH OF STAY: Guests agree to a 90-day stay limit, as SHOR is designed to be a temporary shelter solution. Guests commit to working toward permanent housing and self-sufficiency during their stay with SHOR. If guests are working diligently towards this goal and need more time with SHOR, an extension may be granted.

STAFFING: A pro-bono Executive Director is responsible for directing the program and reporting to the Paradise Ridge Homeless Task Force. Two trained monitors are utilized to spend the night with SHOR’s guests. Volunteers are also an important part of SHOR’s staffing.

For further information, please visit our website at: shorparadise.webs.com or contact SHOR’s director, Stephanie Gregorio, at (530) 872-1162 or shorparadise@gmail.com