The final address of the evening was by Chico City Councilman Randall Stone. Stone mentioned recent numbers provided by the Torres Community Shelter (which the CN&R confirmed with the shelter’s executive director, Brad Montgomery) indicating the facility served 123 children from 70 families in the fiscal year that ended in September, compared to 87 children in 54 families the year before.
Stone also spoke about education in a different sense—the need to educate policy makers at local, state and national levels about the problem and possible solutions. Pointing toward City Hall, he said, “The people that work in here, myself included, need to understand how pervasive this problem is and how much it continues to grow.
“I’m not picking on my City, or fellow council members, or the nature of the political environment nationally, but the fact of the matter is … people don’t understand what solutions are available and they don’t fully understand or appreciate how to get the job done.
“Look out for each other,” Stone said in conclusion. “If you know homeless youth or are a homeless youth, reach out. There shouldn’t be anyone living on the street in this country, and especially not kids.”