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Warming center: 1st night shelters 80 to 100 homeless
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Toby Payan estimates that the first night of the Mobile Revival Family Resource Center between 80 to 100 of Manteca’s homeless population were sheltered.

He and Mireya Estrella are Inner City Action pastors for the nighttime warming center located at 555 Industrial Park Drive. It is a large tent that provides everything for the homeless community, including daily meals, showers, haircuts, clean restroom facilities, phone charging stations, a coffee bar, clothes closet, snack bar and storage.

The place in the parking lot of the city-owned former Qualex building also features an assortment of kennels for pet owners.

“We’re looking for donations for more kennels,” said Estrella, who is hoping to get more dog food as well.

Her ministries had a foundation to build after the Manteca City Council recently declared a health emergency for the homeless due to plummeting night time temperatures.

“We had (the warming center as a daytime only resource center) set up earlier this year for 26 days,” Estrella recalled.

Getting the word out about the resource center has been a concerted effort, according to Payan.

Inner City Action and others have provided the referrals with information cards. Included are the daily services including the times for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and pick-up services (call 1.800.466.7205).

“We can get them what they need,” said Payan, who pointed out to the check-in area at the entrance of the warming tent on Wednesday.

What’s also needed is volunteer support.

“Right now, it’s just our team,” said Estrella, referencing the Mobile Revival Family Resource Center operation.

She’s hoping to get corporate sponsors along with school, church and community groups to help out with the daily effort.

Estrella noted that Inner City Action provided services to 366 unduplicated individuals during the earlier go-around with the resource center. Of that, 23 were taken off the streets in those 26 days.

“Three were under the age of 5,” she added.

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