My name is Sydnie Day. I am the Case Manager Supervisor at Utah’s place. I help to keep the shelter running smoothly while supervising case managers and advocating for guests and clients. I want to talk about long-time client, Dill.  Dill came to us at the shelter in October 2021.  He owns a property in North San Juan that he lived on for many years. Unfortunately, code enforcement red tagged it, and Dill had nowhere to go.  We got him into CMSPLACN and Case Manager Fred got him connected to primary care–Dill hadn’t seen a doctor in years. With the support of case managers, Dill applied for and was awarded Social Security retirement and opened a bank account. In September, Dill was approved to move into Brunswick Commons, our subsidized housing complex.  He is thrilled to have his own place and is continuing to repair his property in North San Juan, now that he is back on his feet physically, financially, and mentally.  Hats off to Dill!

Thanks to people like you, Hospitality House is able to remain committed to guests and remain a constant source of hope and guidance for those working their way back to permanent housing. If you’d like to be a part of the magic of helping individuals like Dill on his path to housing, please consider joining our Hearts & Hands Club where giving as little as $10 per month can add up to a big impact over the year. To learn more please go to: or call 530-615-0852.


I’d also like to thank all our volunteers who have recently joined our cook team this month! A special thanks also to our partners for providing ongoing food and/or financial support: SPD Markets, Interfaith Food Ministry, the Bishop Store (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nevada City) and Food Bank of Nevada County. To everyone who donated our most needed items last week, thank you as well! We are incredibly grateful to all of you who give your time, energy and compassion to those who need it most.
The shelter’s wish list for the week:
  • NEW pillows (we are unable to accept used)
  • Twin-size blankets (no other sizes, please)
  • Bath towels
  • Men’s and women’s long sleeve hoodies (no heavy, winter jackets, please) 
  • Men’s and women’s pants
  • Toiletries-razors and toothbrushes
  • Men’s and women’s athletic shoes
  • Ponchos 
  • Bottled water

DONATION HOURS AND DROPOFF LOCATION: Donations from our needs list above and all unexpired/store-bought foods are accepted at Utah’s Place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am – 3:30pm and Saturdays from 10am – 2pm. Our shelter is located at 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945. We greatly appreciate the community’s help at such times of uncertainty. In the words of Utah Phillips, “If we all stick together, we’ll get what we need.” Thank you!

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