Marathon’s Martinez Renewable Fuels provides support for homeless people in California

Martinez volunteers provide support to nearly 10,000 people in Contra Costa
Photos provided by CORE

Marathon’s Martinez Renewable Fuels facility provided nearly $30,000 in grants recently for multiple shelters and homeless outreach programs in Contra Costa County in California. Each of the organizations works to provide supplies and care for some of the nearly 10,000 people in Contra Costa who do not have a permanent place to live.

“Our outreach teams are literal boots on the ground,” said Jaime Jenett, Community Engagement Specialist with Contra Costa Health Services. “These teams work with people experiencing unsheltered homelessness and, in addition to connecting them with available services, distribute supplies like food, socks and blankets. These donated supplies are an essential component of providing outreach with people experiencing unsheltered homelessness.”

Coordinated Outreach, Referral and Engagement (CORE) Homeless Outreach of Contra Costa Health Services, Contra Costa Clubhouses, Homeless Action Coalition and SHELTER, Inc. were all recipients of the grants.

“At Marathon, we are committed to help build thriving communities and support disadvantaged families in Contra Costa County, including those who are unhoused,” said Nichol Carranza, Advanced Community Investments Rep. at Marathon Petroleum. “These organizations provide immediate care for people who need it most. That is where we want to help make an impact.”  

CORE used the grant for emergency supplies, socks and blankets to provide to the homeless and help make a connection with those who need help. SHELTER, Inc. purchased a new service vehicle to help maintenance crews transport tools and supplies while repairing tenant properties. The Homeless Action Coalition in Martinez used the grant to upgrade its refrigeration and freezing system to preserve food donations longer. The Contra Costa Clubhouses applied the funds to its school and work support program to help rehabilitate people recovering from mental illness.