Waiting for a Home of Her Own

April 22, 2012

A self-proclaimed loner, Marjie Morris is a 50-something woman who knows firsthand the superb job Hospitality House does to care for homeless people in Nevada County. She says her experience at the House that Utah Phillips built has broken down her defenses, allowing her to connect with other clients and staff. Approximately 14 months ago, […]

Utah’s Place opening pushed back to fall

February 24, 2012

By anyone’s yardstick, 2011 was a difficult year for Hospitality House. In the spring, the nomadic homeless shelter received word — just before it was scheduled to close escrow — that plans to move into a permanent space in a Grass Valley business park would have to be scuttled. Then, after a new building was […]

Plight of homeless at forefront in 2011

December 28, 2011

Old Man Winter visited Nevada County with a vengeance in late February, dropping an estimated three feet of snow in some parts and pounding overnight temperatures into the lower 20s. When the sun rose on Sunday, Feb. 27, 51-year-old William “Billy” Kelly was dead. His frozen body was found along Miner’s Trail, under the Broad […]

Night of Giving raises $22k for homeless services

December 21, 2011

This year’s sixth annual Night of Giving raised $22,581 to benefit Hospitality House, a nonprofit organization that services the homeless. A Night of Giving is an evening of live entertainment where more than 40 acts perform in two rooms at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. “It isn’t just showing up to have a good […]

In from the cold: Mobile health clinic reaches out to the underserved

December 13, 2011

It was 39 degrees outside on the first Monday in December, but it was warm inside the St. Canice Center in Nevada City, where 25 to 30 of Nevada County’s homeless were settled in to stay for the night. Rattling coughs echoed around the room, and registered nurse Jerusha Horlick met individually with those who […]

Guests, community get first look at homeless shelter

November 21, 2011

Among the hundreds of people who streamed through “Utah’s Place” for a sneak peek Saturday afternoon were more than 40 Hospitality House guests for whom the opening of a permanent homeless shelter can’t come soon enough. The 6,500-square-foot facility at 1262 Sutton Way in Grass Valley will become the organization’s permanent home, providing year-round overnight […]

Packed house for homelessness panel

November 5, 2011

A dozen administrators and elected officials from agencies and organizations that work with Western Nevada County homelessness met Monday evening to discuss their collective struggle. Moderated by former radio personality Mike Thornton, the discussion drew nearly 100 people to the Council chambers at Nevada City Hall. Panelists included representatives from Hospitality House, Nevada County Health […]

Fires in homeless camps worry officials

September 14, 2011

At least six fires in western Nevada County, including one Monday, have started in homeless camps this season, though fire officials hope an outreach program would teach campers to be firesafe. Another half-dozen sightings of smoke have prompted fire officials to go out and investigate. “We send out an engine and find a homeless camp […]

Homeless shelter opens — permanently, organizers hope

September 1, 2011

When western Nevada County’s only homeless shelter opens for the season it will be fulfilling a long-cherished goal. Hospitality House staff and guests are open as a year-round facility today, Executive Director Cindy Maple said. “This has been a longtime goal of ours, and we are finally going for it,” Maple said. Read full article […]

New home on the way for Hospitality House

July 28, 2011

Friends of the homeless smiled and exchanged hugs late Wednesday after the Grass Valley Planning Commission voted 5-0 to approve a permanent home for Hospitality House. And in a twin decision, commissioners also approved 5-0 the move of Veritas Church, which is selling its 1262 Sutton Way building to Hospitality House, into leased space down […]