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Tesoro Grant Assists Homeless Outreach

Jun 27, 2016 04:37PM ● By Jennifer Neys

Tesoro Grant Assists Homeless Outreach

In early June, the City of Martinez received a grant from Tesoro for $90,000 to assist with homeless outreach. The grant is timely since the city is losing their contract with Contra Costa Homeless Outreach on June 30. Doug Stewart founded the Contra Costa Homeless Outreach in 2004 and has helped thousands of homeless people in his 12 years heading the organization. He is retiring and moving to Arizona.  The grant will give the city the ability to hire an additional staff member.

The city has funded homeless advocacy programs designed to provide essential resources to our community’s most vulnerable population since 2011. Tesoro stepped in and informed the city that its foundation had approved a three‐year $90,000 grant to support the city’s Homeless Outreach Initiative. The investment will help the city continue this important work by contracting with a local homeless advocate experienced with assisting the homeless in Martinez. “This grant will give us the ability to hire one of the former staff from Contra Costa Homeless Outreach to continue those efforts we have been working on so we won’t lose ground. We are most grateful to Tesoro for this substantial grant,” said Martinez Police Chief Sappal. 

 

 

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