CALEXICO — A fish tank gurgles in the lobby. The place is cool and inviting in the middle of the afternoon. The floors and bathrooms are immaculate.
For those expecting to see roughnecks playing cards in a cloud of cigarette smoke or winos sleeping in the corner with a hat over their eyes and a bottle of Ripple at their side, the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church men's shelter is a stereotype-buster.
Friday morning at the shelter, a handful of freshly scrubbed men were relaxing in the courtyard reading books or talking.
Clothes and boots dried on hangers and hooks while inside a television set flickered with a Spanish-language show.
Recently, the church's community services program — which includes the shelter — was rewarded by Wells Fargo Bank.
The bank gave the Calexico church a $1,000 grant after it was nominated by a local Wells Fargo team member.
The church was the only local charity singled out by Wells Fargo this year. In total, the bank gave $107,000 to San Diego non-profits in addition to the local grant.