Fresno’s Poverello House has officially raised the roof.
In January, Central California’s leading care center for the homeless and needy launched a $2.5 million “Raise the Roof” capital campaign to fund a new 19,000-square-foot food storage warehouse, operations center and improve its community housing.
In September, Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula and his staff secured a $1 million grant from the California Department of Social Services to complete the project.
The original building was constructed in 1943 and was made of wood. But by 2017 the roof was leaky and there was no air conditioning or cold-storage unit for fresh fruits and vegetables.
Additional improvements to the shelter include renovations to the Village and Community of Hope housing sheds, as well as lighting, permanent restrooms and showers.
Currently, the shelter provides 1,600 hot meals daily but with the improvements Poverello will be able to expand its services and provide more meals to those in need.
The shelter will host a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the downtown Fresno campus, 412 F St. Poverello House CEO Cruz Avila, Poverello House Board of Directors President John Frye, Fresno Mayor Lee Brand and Assembly Member Dr. Joaquin Arambula will be guest speakers.