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Board Members visit Caring House in Torrance

In November 2016, TOAH board members took a trip to Torrance to visit the Caring House, which opened in February 2016 as only the third such home in California.

Board members and the Caring House staff spent several hours talking about staffing, volunteer management, licensing, home renovation, business models, operating costs and much more.

Caring House  will be a great resource and support for our mission.

Campaign success is a cause for celebration

L-R: Angela Biscotti, Sabrina Jimenez, Donnie Clark, Clare Whitlatch, Jim Heaton, Sue McCallister, Carol Nickel, Mary Ferrera, Siro Altamirano, & Merrilyn Brady. Not pictured: Margaret Moholt, Florence Kabot & July Hong


At the December meeting, board members celebrated the success of the Ruth Wood Memorial campaign. Not only was the $200,000 goal met, but was exceeded by over $7,000.
Because of the generosity of the community, The Open Arms House will begin its mission with close to a year’s operating capital.

Home construction kicked off in December

On December 6, the Visalia Chamber had a ribbon-cutting at The Open Arms House.

Construction by Mountain Vista Construction ensued. The  construction project includes the following:

  • The addition of three bedrooms making the home into a 6-bedroom facility
  • Adapting 2 bathrooms to make them ADA-compliant
  • Putting a circular drive in the front for easy access
  • Converting the 3-car garage to office, conference room and laundry facility.
  • Water-wise landscaping front and back including a memorial garden
  • Foundation work on the 3-bedroom addition
  • Framing of the addition
  • Circular driveway and front door ramp