Thanks to our generous Empty Bowl Sponsors

February 4, 2014

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Save the date! Empty Bowl is coming up on Saturday, March 8. Buy tickets on our website.

March’s Wish List

February 4, 2014

hand sanitizer

Here’s our weekly wish list from Joanna Robinson’s weekly report on KVMR community radio:

  • cough drops
  • deodorant (small containers)
  • men’s white socks
  • ear plugs
  • paper napkins
  • paper cups
  • laundry detergent (HE)
  • coffee (ground, decaffeinated)
  • sliced bread
  • milk
  • peanut butter
  • jelly
  • juice boxes
  • toilet paper
  • new or gently used twin size blankets

We still need food providers 2 nights a month at Utah’s Place (donate the food, cook it at Utah’s Place, serve it to about 45-50 very appreciative guests).

Each week, Joanna, a co-founder of Hospitality House, shares with the community what we need to assist both our homeless guests in the shelter as well as those who remain out in the community. We couldn’t do it without you.

Please drop off donations between 9 and noon at 1262 Sutton Way in the Brunswick Basin or call Joanna at 530-271-7144, ext. 7

Empty Bowl – March 8, 2014

January 30, 2014

Enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread.

Join us on March 8, 2014 for the annual Empty Bowl benefit. Enjoy the great soup, fun and conversation. Tickets are $20; children under 12 are free.

This year we will have two serving times:

Supper is served from noon to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main Street, Grass Valley. New bowls are put out every hour, so there is no need to arrive at the beginning of each seating.

To buy tickets, visit our Empty Bowl page.

Take home a lovely handmade bowl crafted by a local potter!

Guests of the event are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. HH volunteers donated over 45,084 meals to our guests in 2013. People have walked through the doors of Hospitality House weak from hunger. They are immediately scooped up by our caring volunteers and given a warm meal. There are no empty bowls at Hospitality House, and for that we thank the dozens of volunteers who provide tasty meals to our guests everyday.

We could not have this event without the many talented artists in our area who donate pottery bowls for our attendees to take home.

If you would like to sponsor this event or donate pottery bowls, please email for more information. Please include your telephone number and a good time to reach you.

For more information contact us.

A Weekend Of Giving 2013 – December 20, 21, 22

November 28, 2013

WhoThink Outside the Box Flyer 2013

Anyone who has a heart for the homeless: individuals, youth groups, families, teams, service organizations and businesses


Mikail Graham’s Weekend of Giving, a community concert series to benefit local  homeless people, featuring three live entertainment events to benefit Hospitality House community shelter


Friday, Dec. 20, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday Dec. 21, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday Dec. 22, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Friday –The Other House, 220 Bresee Pl., Grass Valley; Saturday – The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley; Sunday –Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley.


Suggested donation: $20. No one will be turned away. Tickets available at BriarPatch Co-Op in Grass Valley, or at the door. Tickets for the Saturday, Dec. 21 event also available online at


For more information click here


Mission Moment-Doing the Work

October 4, 2013

Hospitality House with ImageIt’s been busy here at Hospitality House as we close out our second summer as a year round shelter. As of August 31, 2013, we were able to proved 309 homeless individuals with overnight shelter, not including drop-in services to former guests. In August alone, 32 children were served totaling 437 shelter nights. With the assistance of our amazing faith partners, we were able to provide 9,857 bed nights and serve 29,571 meals. Hospitality House’s Rapid Re-Housing Program helped 12 households into housing (including 5 children) and our outreach case managers had contact with 488 homeless individuals in Nevada County.

Without the help of our community, we would not be able to continue on doing the work, which is Hospitality House’s mision.

Thank you Nevada County!

It’s Not Too Late-2013 Think Outside the Cardboard Box

October 4, 2013

It’s not too late to participate in the 2013 Think Outside the Cardboard Box event happening this Saturday, October 5th at 3PM. We have a great line up of musicians coming out to entertain our participants ( Malachi LongacreChloe Day, Kalyja Rain, James Carlson & Larry Tracy, Halfpence & Haypenny, Dakota Sid, and Homer Wills and Juliet Gobert). Come with your Registration and Pledge forms…don’t forget your cardboard box! HUGE thanks go out to our wonderful sponsors for their continued support! Hope to see you there!

Who?Think Outside the Box Flyer 2013

Anyone who has a heart for the homeless: individuals, youth groups, families, teams, service organizations and businesses


Participants set a goal to raise $100 in pledges and contributions and sleep overnight in a cardboard box “home”. The event raises awareness of the many homeless in our own community, and raises money to support Hospitality House Shelter for the Homeless.

There will be music, videos and food for participants.


October 5, 2013 3:00 P.M. through October 6, 2013 9:00 A.M.


Nevada County Fairgrounds, McCourtney Road, Grass Valley CA 95945.


On any given night in Nevada County there are hundreds of homeless individuals who have no place to call home. This is a community problem and your participation will help Hospitality House help our homeless.

How Does the Event Work?

Prospective residents set a goal to raise $100 in pledges and contributions, and have a fun and meaningful experience by staying overnight. Each resident brings his or her own box “home” that can be decorated to compete for a prize.

Arrive for set-up on Saturday, October 5th between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. Be sure to bring your own dwelling: cardboard box or pop-up tent, a sleeping bag, tarp, pillow, flashlight, and refillable water bottle. We will provide dinner and breakfast for participants, consisting of modest, homeless-shelter style meals. (Please feel free to bring snacks to share). Event concludes at 9:00 am on Sunday, October 6th.

Prizes will be awarded for the most creative “box” dwelling and the most donations collected.

Registration and pledge forms are available on our web site @ , or at our office 230 So Church St Grass Valley, Ca. 95945.

Walk-in registrations will also be accepted on site at “Think Outside the Cardboard Box” October 5th 2013 Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Being mindful of the provisions available to the homeless, limit yourself to your decorated box or dwelling, a sleeping bag or pad, tarp, pillow, warm clothes and a refillable water bottle. You may bring a cell phone, medications and essential toiletries, but do not bring alcoholic beverages, drugs, weapons of any kind, beverages in glass bottles or other electronic items. NO smoking or open flames of any kind.

If you have a special need, please contact us at 530-271-7144.

For Registration and Pledge Forms please click on the following links:

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Thankful for Local Service Clubs

October 4, 2013

Jerry Napier Lions' ClubTwo of our local service clubs have stepped up to help outfit Utah’s Place! The Higgins Diggins Lions Club contributed $1000 towards our commercial dishwasher and has put out a challenge to all local Lions’ Clubs to help too! Thank you for your generosity! 2nd Vice President, Jerry Napier presented Hospitality House’s Executive Director, Cindy Maple and Board President, Joanna Robinson the lovely gift!

49er Rotary ClubLast Saturday, members of the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City stepped up and primed the entire first floor of Utah’s Place saving our organization a significant sum of money! What a wonderful group of folks! Thank you for devoting a Saturday to help Hospitality House!

The Union Newspaper-Utah’s Place Nears Completion

October 4, 2013

Chris Rosacker's Utah's Place PictureDid you catch the front page of The Union newspaper last Saturday? Big thanks go out to Chris Rosacker and The Union Newspaper for a wonderful article about the renovations at Utah’s Place. To read the article in it’s entirety, please click here. Help us with our continued efforts to by donating here.

Calling All Potters

October 4, 2013

PottersWanted2014A special message from our very own pottery gal, Karin Givon:

It’s fall again! I can’t believe the summer is over but I saw frost on the neighbors’ roof this morning!  I knew something was up because I’ve been able to be in the studio in the middle of the day without melting. So now it’s time again to make some bowls for EMPTY BOWL.  THIS YEAR it’s on March 8, 2014.

I know that seems a long way off but remember how fast it came up last year?  I felt as if I’d had about two weeks head’s up time!  It always goes so quickly at the end, and since most of us are making our Christmas pots  these days we might as well add some bowls into the kiln for Hospitality House and their amazing effort to keep the hungry and homeless warm and fed.

Know anyone who wants to join our crew of volunteer potters? Everyone is welcome to donate bowls, of course. They can get in touch with me by email (yes, or phone (530) 478-0313  and I’ll put them on the list to receive notifications . We can always use more help, although we’re amazing just as we are.

I hope to hear from you. And even beyond that, I hope we can join together and come up with a big pile of bowls for such a good cause. SATURDAY MARCH 8th-PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH. I’ll remind ya!

Coat Drive to Benefit Hundreds

October 4, 2013

Coat DriveHospitality House is excited to spread the word about about our partnering organizations efforts to collect coats for local children and families! Take a look at the flyer for drop off locations…donations of gently used coats, hats and gloves will be accepted until October 18th.