A musical journey of hope: Young composers to perform Hospitality House inspired work

June 12, 2017

“The titles alone provide pause: Journey of Hope, Redemption, Dialogue, Rising Sun, Lost/Sanctuary. The creations of students enrolled in Music in the Mountains Young Composers Project — the names of pieces they composed after spending time in Hospitality House and learning firsthand what it’s like to be homeless. According to Music in the Mountains Education […]

Nevada County donor pledges to match contributions to Hospitality House

May 25, 2017

“During the month of May, all donations to Hospitality House will be matched by a local anonymous donor. Federal grant funding for Hospitality House was reduced by $332,000 last year, almost a third of the shelter’s entire budget, so the organization relies on donations now more than ever to continue its mission of serving Nevada […]

Young Composers link up with Hospitality House in Grass Valley

May 25, 2017

“Creativity often flows when two contrasting ideas are put together, that seemingly, on the surface wouldn’t ordinarily blend. And yet not only do they blend, but they flourish. Thinking along these lines, imagine a group of young people from stable homes, who have regular meals and parental support intermingling with homeless men and women who […]

Know Your Nonprofit: Hospitality House

May 25, 2017

“Know Your Nonprofit is a weekly Q&A feature with western Nevada County nonprofit organizations. WHAT IS YOUR MISSION STATEMENT? The mission of Hospitality House is to bring homeless people in Nevada County into a circle of community caring that offers shelter, sustenance, medical care, advocacy, opportunity, dignity, and hope as we assist them in transitioning […]

Could tiny houses fix a huge problem?

May 25, 2017

“Nevada County plans to implement a “rapid re-housing” strategy to help reduce and prevent homelessness, said Health and Human Services Director Michael Heggarty. But homeless advocates have, well, smaller ideas. Chuck Durrett, who owns McCamant and Durrett Architects, wants to build a tiny house village to temporarily house the county’s unsheltered homeless population, a strategy […]

Michael Heggarty: Homelessness in Nevada County

May 15, 2017

“Homelessness is a serious issue that affects the entire community. Since 2009 the Point in Time Homeless Count has averaged about 300 individuals per year. The 2017 count identified 371 people (though the actual number is likely higher), of which 15 percent were children. Homelessness has profound impacts on the health and safety of those […]

Nevada County mayors discuss homeless issues at breakfast

May 5, 2017

“Nevada County’s three mayors addressed the public at Thursday morning’s “Breakfast with the Mayors” event, discussing issues of homelessness throughout the community. Following the addresses, a panel of expert stakeholders joined in the discussion and answered questions from the audience. “We have competing ideas about how to address the issue of homelessness in this county,” […]

Grass Valley homeless shelter gets clients off the streets and into the kitchen

April 18, 2017

“Hospitality House, Grass Valley’s full-time homeless shelter, provides clients with the job-training skills they need to gain employment and move into housing. Their culinary program, a six-week course, trains a small group of clients in food service and cooking skills, and 85-90 percent of graduates successfully find either employment, housing, or both. Todd Parker graduated […]

Mental illness, homeless issues discussed at League of Women Voters event

April 11, 2017

“When approached by someone on the street, is it a good idea or a bad idea to give them money? How about food? Clothing? As a trio of mental health experts gathered at the behest of the League of Women Voters on Saturday morning, the last question of the day seemed to elicit the largest […]

Empty bowls filled with love

March 30, 2017

“Most people come for the hand-crafted bowls, stay for the gourmet soups, and leave with a newfound — or renewed — compassion for homeless people in our community. On Saturday, Hospitality House Community Shelter will hold its 11th annual Empty Bowl fundraiser at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. Collecting a unique, artistically designed soup […]