Bee in Turlock: Homeless shelter update, new wheels for the chaplains, and fair eats revisited

Work is progressing on the Turlock Gospel Mission's new shelter at 437 S. Broadway. An open house is set Tuesday to show people around. Oct. 8, 2014
Work is progressing on the Turlock Gospel Mission's new shelter at 437 S. Broadway. An open house is set Tuesday to show people around. Oct. 8, 2014 pguerra@modbee.com

Here’s the bad news: Turlock Gospel Mission’s lease with the city for its homeless day center runs out next month. But here’s the good news: The mission hopes to relocate the center to its homeless shelter, now under construction on South Broadway.

“We are working on securing a space soon,” Executive Director Tim Guerino said in the mission’s latest newsletter. “I hope to make an additional announcement shortly in October.”

In the meantime, Guerino and his staff are inviting the Turlock community to an open house to take a look at the progress on the center. The first phase, which includes dormitories for men, women and children, as well as bathrooms, showers, laundry and the administration office, is tentatively set to open by the end of the year.

The open house is set from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 437 S. Broadway.

Turlock Gospel Mission also is gearing up for its annual dinner, Nov. 7 at the War Memorial building on East Canal Drive. The featured speaker is Jessica Lynch, a former Army private who was captured by Iraqi forces in 2003 after her unit was ambushed. A special operations team rescued her nine days later. Now, according to the mission, Lynch is part of “Virtuous,” a Christian movement, and speaks to groups about overcoming obstacles.

For more information on the event, or to sponsor a table, contact Guerino at tim@turlockgospelmission.org or (209) 409-4642 or Rhonda Boucher at rhonda@turlockgospelmission.org or (209) 606-1873.

Elsewhere around town:

The Turlock Chaplaincy program, which earlier this year expanded to include public schools as well as public safety employees, is growing again.

This time, the new member of the program is a car, a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz for use by the on-call chaplain for local police and fire agencies.

Money to purchase the car came from the 2014 Turlock Chaplaincy Fun Run, along with a donation from Off Center Thrift and Gift store.

“Ongoing donations will be needed for the fueling, insurance, upkeep and supply of the vehicle, but it will allow the on-call chaplain for local police and fire agencies a supplied and ready vehicle to respond to any variety of calls,” the newsletter says. “In addition, the distinctive markings on the car will enable emergency responders at a scene to readily recognize the arriving on-call chaplain.”

It’s Turlock’s week in the spotlight. In addition to Friday’s opening of “Christian Mingle,” the movie largely shot downtown, the city will take center stage on the small screen Thursday.

“Carnival Eats” will highlight the Stanislaus County Fair. The show, which airs on the Cooking Channel at 7:30 p.m. local time, visited the fair during its run last summer.

According to publicity from the Cooking Channel, here’s what you can expect to see: “Host Noah Cappe arrives at the Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock, California. He gets his hands on homemade fries topped with lobster meat, and devours a delicious doughnut ice cream sandwich. Finally, he sizes up an 18-inch corn dog big enough to feed a family, and tries deep-fried frog legs.”

If that isn’t enough culinary adventure for you, the show also heads to the Texas Crab Fest in Crystal Beach. “There,” the Cooking Channel says, “Noah savors a soft shell crab taco, coconut encrusted shrimp and gooey grasshopper pie.”

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