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Temecula Homeless Shelter Shuts Down

The shelter now runs the homeless program from hotels and apartments.

Residents of a homeless shelter the city closed down settled into their new homes today.

About 40 residents moved on Wednesday into six apartments and several hotel rooms near Fusion Church, which housed the shelter at 29385 Rancho California Rd.

The shelter originally opened during the winter.

The city gave the organization permission to operate in the church during the rainy season, but once that ended, they were ordered to close.

To read more about the city’s order, .

Supporters of the shelter went to the Civic Center during a meeting and urged the City Council to allow the shelter to stay open.

To see a video of the meeting, or read the story by .

Project TOUCH, a program of God’s Fan Club, the nonprofit that ran the shelter, paid for the new locations with donations, said Anne Unmacht, the project’s director.

The vast majority of the funds came from small donations, though a large donation of $15,000 came from Temecula resident Dick Mohammed.

The organization got a good deal from the landlords, she said. It will pay $300 deposits and $1,199 per month for three-bedroom, two-bathroom units, Unmacht said.

Many of the shelter’s residents were happy to make the move. Twenty-five-year-old aspiring actor Joseph Nash, for example, was looking forward to the move.

He moved into the shelter a few weeks ago when he and his boyfriend broke up.

They were living together, so he was left homeless, he said.

He was looking forward to seeing the new place, he said during a dinner meeting at the church on Tuesday. “If I had nowhere else to go, then I’d be worried. I wouldn’t know what’s going to happen.”

He was among about three dozen people living there before the move, and more people were still coming as volunteers packed up, Unmacht said.

“There’s a huge consensus that an emergency shelter is in need quickly,” Unmacht said.

The shelter is changing into more of a program, where clients will be required – and helped – to find work and contribute money, according to the organizers.

The program will have two phases. In the first, the client must pay a small fee. Organizers have yet to decide the amount, but it will likely be $5 to $7, Unmacht said.

Hopefully, in the first few months, the clients can find work and start contributing money toward their room and board.

The details of the plan were still being worked out, Unmacht said. “We’re going to think outside the box.”

The organization plans to scout for a permanent location. Though no solid prospects were lined up, Unmacht feels confident something will come through, she said. “I’ve always done this on faith,” she said.

The project plans to continue to use the church to offer case management and daytime meals, Unmacht said.

The project is looking for appliances and furniture, such as microwave ovens, bunk beds, dining room tables that seat at least six and kitchen and bathroom supplies. All donations are tax deductible.

The organization can be reached at 951-677-9661 or by emailing projecttouch7@aol.com. Donations can be made by clicking here.

TVOR June 11, 2011 at 06:48 PM
A properly run and administered "transitional housing" facility would be a huge benefit to our community. Housing offered in this kind of facility would only go to those who meet specific criteria. It would not be offered to typical "homeless" people. Having an option like what Summerhouse was going to be would keep good families in our community contributing to our local businesses. If I had the funds to build such a facility in our city I would do it in a heartbeat.
casey June 11, 2011 at 07:17 PM
I believe it is our responsibility and duty as christians and fellow human beings to help and support those who cannot and are not capable of supporting themselves financial and if we don't" than we neglect honor and freedom and value for humanity, I urge all of you who are quote on quote christians let alone pastors wake up shepherds!! Jesus was HOMELESS!! For your sake!! stop building empires and start realizing you are the temple of God, Put your words into action, no one can take a man serious who preaches yet does not act on what he says!! Wake up churches don't neglect the weightier matters!! ACT!! Live out your Faith in Love and truth!!
casey June 11, 2011 at 07:26 PM
I believe it is our responsibility and duty as christians and fellow human beings to help and support those who cannot and are not capable of supporting themselves financial and if we don't than we neglect honor and freedom and value for human life, I urge all of you who are quote on quote christians let alone pastors wake up shepherds!! Jesus was HOMELESS!! For your sake!! stop building empires and start realizing you are the temple of God, Put your words into action, no one can take a man serious who preaches yet does not act on what he says!! Wake up churches don't neglect the weightier matters!! ACT!! Live out your Faith in Love and truth!! Awake O Sleepers from your slumber, arise allow light to shine in the darkness!!
casey June 11, 2011 at 07:38 PM
I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,I will not accept them. Away with the noise of your songs!!I will not listen to the music of your harps.But let justice roll like a river, righteousness like a never failing stream(Amos chapter 6)
casey June 11, 2011 at 08:02 PM
These are words of Jesus. "But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep, woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.(Luke 6) Jesus had a heart for the oppressed, maybe because he grew up in a jewish family who were use to being occupied and oppressed by roman rule and by the jewish leaders of His day, in the book of james he says"what good is it, my brothers and sister, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of says to them,"Go in peace;keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Stevo June 11, 2011 at 10:25 PM
Bombastic? HOW DARE YOU!!!! The individual that ran the shelter cares about our fellow human beings more than you will ever imagine and is 10,000 times the human being that you are!!!! Lose the statistics and self important attitude! DO NOT **EVER** QUOTE NUMBERS WHEN IT COMES TO HUMAN SUFFERING, JUST KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND LEND A HAND!
Stevo June 11, 2011 at 10:34 PM
What does that mean anyway, imported?? Are you saying they came form out of state or across the border. Your comments are completely asinine!
Stevo June 11, 2011 at 10:35 PM
Thank you Casey, well said!
Jerry Simeon June 12, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Thank God for preserving the continuity and beauty of our city and for preserving the jobs of the city, county, and state experts whose JOB it is to help the homeless become contributing citizens. The city of Temecula is not responsible for the homeless problem. Go after the ones who are if you truly care to help them. One hot meal will not do it. Trust me...... I am ex-homeless (5 years) wih an engineering background who cared and couldn't make a dent. It created more complex problems than resolved. Follow the example of Fr. Joe Carroll of San Diego.
Popeye June 13, 2011 at 02:52 PM
I think they are doing a good job. If you can do better you can run for office, but my feeling is you can not govern.
Ognir Rattsa June 13, 2011 at 04:13 PM
It still is. The original plans were to include transitional housing (politically correct word for homeless shleter). There was a huge backlash from the community and the aplication was withdrawn. The city compromised with the residents in the area for the complex to include: A. Market rate housing B. Senior Housing C. Majority of the complex will be low income housing The apartments that stand at this time are the market rate housing portion. I would understand the confusion. Bridge Housing (an umbrella corporation of ACORN) is working to secure financing for the remainder of the project. That is why it is taking so long to open the other units. Hope this helps :)
Ognir Rattsa June 13, 2011 at 04:20 PM
I can understand your frustration Michele. Please bare in mind that a majority of the people who you saw where imported here by ProjectTOUCH. Once you research the whole deal here, you will see the number jumped dramtically prior to the shelter opening and after. Taking care of this problem is actually not a city function. It is a state and County function and the city council has admitted as such. If this is an issue you are passionate about, please contact our county officials. Once the shelter opened, crime has increased in the Target Center and disturbances at Pat and Oscars. You did bring up some good points though
Ognir Rattsa June 13, 2011 at 04:21 PM
For additional information, please see my response to Michele above
Ognir Rattsa June 13, 2011 at 04:22 PM
TVOR, I applaud you sentiment. What allot of people do not realize is that transitional housing is the new politcally correct word for homeless shelter.
Ognir Rattsa June 13, 2011 at 04:34 PM
Like I have said Casey above. This is a faith based matter. The county does have plans to open a shelter somewhere in Southwest in the near future. Although, the thought was admirable here. The individual running this illegal shelter had no experience running a shelter. Do not believe all that you read here in this article. The "Case Management" performed here was performed by the county. What the County did in a couple of weeks, ProjectTOUCH could not do in six months!!! Helping the homeless is more than three hots and a cot. It is also providing emergency services that this shelter was not capable to perform due to lack of experience. There were so many problems with this facility (i.e. improper bathroom/kitchen facilities, allowing children as young as six to volunteer (which is way illegal and a safety matter for the children involved). She was not insured against potential probelms (i.e. injuries, death, volunteer child abduction). The city allowed her to operate on a wet weather conditional basis. When they decided to go fulltime, that was when the problems began. There was also a licensing/zoning issue as well. The city was actually funding them with grant money until they found out about her activities and potential for liability should something happen. This money would come from you and me. Not some invisible entity. Basically ProjectTOUCH bit the hand that fed it.
Chris June 13, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Jesus would not run for a city council seat in the first place. The councilmembers are not supposed to be Jesus... they are supposed to run the city, e.g. landscape a roadside slope. It is NOT the role of government (and by extension taxpayers) to house, feed, take care of people. Your original post laying the blame at the foot of local churches is more appropriate.
Chris June 13, 2011 at 08:10 PM
Stevo -- thankfully the people running the city are not as emotional as you. 36 homeless people in a city of 100,000 does not merit the type of spending you would have the city spend. With a church on every corner, where are the "Christians" who should be taking care of their neighbors? It isn't the city's job to take care of people.
TVOR June 14, 2011 at 06:36 PM
Ognir, there is a difference between a transitional housing facility and a homeless shelter. A big difference. Transitional housing is meant for families who qualify to have a place to live while they recover from a job loss or other financial catastrophy. A homeless shelter helps individuals who tend to be chronically homeless for a variety of reasons.
Ognir Rattsa June 15, 2011 at 06:17 PM
I beg to differ from you TVOR. That is what is being told to the public to make the blue pill easier to swallow. I am a retired Health and Human Services Worker and unfortunately, they are the same. Just given a different name. Go into any of the "transitional" places and they are no different than your typical homeless shelter. They just look nicer to the public. Please don't confuse transitional housing with low income housing. Now they are completely different and describe what you describe. I enjoyed our dialogue. For once, someone who you can disagree with; yet be civil at the same time on these blogs. Very refreshing.
TVOR June 16, 2011 at 04:10 AM
Ognir, perhaps there is a difference in terminology at work here. The place where the church folks were going to build their project ( summerhouse ), which I seem to remember was termed a "transitional housing facility" (really a collection of apartments on the same property) was to be a place where potential residents would have to meet specific criteria to be accepted to live there. I don't know the exact criteria because I have no connection with the church but I remember at the public hearings they discussed not accepting single people, anyone who tested positive for drugs, or anyone with a criminal conviction.
Jen September 01, 2011 at 02:28 AM
I totally agree with Ognir....thanks for informing the public of this scam..... This is a scam...they lady opened up the shelter and brought with her the homeless people...from who knows where....we did not have homeless people in Temecula, maybe one or two...at the most. I've seen a huge change in that area where the fusion church is...so many homeless people now coming here...when in fact we had very low crime and homeless in this area...this is a set up...she is not a Christian, because a Christian obeys the laws of the land...if she wants to help these homeless people that's great...she can do it on her own dime...that's what Jesus said, Take them into your own homes and clothe them and feed them...Isaiah 58... It didn't say ask for donations and open up a church building and let them live there for free...this is ridiculous...
Ognir Rattsa September 01, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Has anyone noticed that the homeless population has decreased since the closure of this facility? My comments above were justified. No one is sleeping at the Duck Pond disturbances at Pat and Oscar's have diminished dramatically as well as crime in the Target Shopping center. I empathize with the plight of the homeless; howeever, this was a true scam by Project Touch. The results speak for themselves
Jen September 01, 2011 at 09:55 PM
Hallelujah!!!! Ognir..it is a scam...and she needs to be exposed!!!!!~~~.I haven't noticed that much of a difference...maybe the disturbances at the Pond, but I still see a lot of homelessness and panhandeling around Von's ...which is directly across the street from Fusion church...I am going to be calling Fusion church today to let them know of her scam. Even though the shelter at the church was shut down, she is using donations to put these people (whom she brought with her) into apartments behind the fusion church... so her scamming is still going on...she is asking for donations on her site... :(
Jen September 03, 2011 at 12:08 AM
Update: On Fusion church...I sent them an e-mail explaining that she was importing homeless people to make it look like a crisis here in Temecula...so she could get the support to open up a homeless shelter ( on our tax payer's dime) .... which she is doing now.... ~The pastor called me back and basically accused me of sinning against Anne. By slandering her character...he said I didn't know her and that he did know her and he supports her... and that I was in sin. WOW~ another pastor who is a wolf in sheep's clothing...went to his site and see that he has pay pal on his account for donations...as well. SCAM!!!!!!!!!!!!
TVOR September 03, 2011 at 01:34 AM
I think it is a stretch to call it importing homeless to create a perception. I don't know tyhe facts but I feel that they came here because there was a facility to house them. Are you accusing Project Touch of busing them in here or something?
Ognir Rattsa September 03, 2011 at 10:22 PM
They were importing people here. Google "Unmacht' in the Californian and press Enterprise. Do you research on her as well as Richard Tyrell. It is a huge real estate scam. Please be aware of these guys. They are using the homeless to further thier agendas. This is the true evil...
Rhonda Mahler September 07, 2011 at 07:46 PM
You have absolutly no clue what it is like to be hungry or homeless, an unrealistic assessment is that the 2010 census talked to more than 5% of the homeless in your area. We are experts at not being noticed and afraid to come in contact with any goverment agency, so its highly unlikely the census bureau went looking too hard in the places WE live. There were no jobs created in August for the first time since WWII people with degrees are taking jobs at thrift stores where are people like us who cant even take a shower daily going to find work, how gets each of us here is different, were not all" mentally ill" or drunks and drug addicts so be careful of how callous you are towards the suject because it can easily start slipping quietly thru your back door and before you know it things have gotten beyond your control.
Rhonda Mahler September 07, 2011 at 07:59 PM
i dont know how you can say that homeless people came out of the wood work when the shelter opened with a straight face that is the one of the most ignorant statements ive heard so far in this debate, CHECK IT OUT...THATS WHERE WE WHERE LIVING! You appearantly think we look all alike. I can guarantee people in San Bernardino are not putting themselves on a waiting list to be "imported" to lovely downtown Temecula. If you have it hard for these two do gooders why dont you just come out and say what the real issue is, anyone that gets up off their posterior and actually tries to change a bad situation is worth 10 people who sit aroung and complain about it
Jen September 07, 2011 at 08:35 PM
The real problem isn't that we should care for the homeless and the sick and the hurting (like Jesus did), but the reason behind why we are doing it. Our hearts and motives are what Jesus weighs...I do not know if what the real motives are behind this shelter...but God will bring it to light... and I am praying that truth will prevail in this situation! In JESUS NAME!!!
Lee September 12, 2012 at 12:57 AM
All I have to say is she is a scam artist I I use to live in one of the project touch apartments and it's all about the money she gets all this money from donations and where is it going cause I was paying 13 hundred a month for a two bedroom so please people beware of the wolf iN sheeps clothes and everybody in the program pays rent

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