Hospitality House and the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (C.H.I.R.P) are collaborating with the Nisenan Tribe to clean up abandoned homeless camps along Deer Creek, Champion Mine Road and Old Downieville Highway.

“We want to preserve our local waterways and restore the beauty of the Indigenous people’s land so that it may be enjoyed by all who walk the Tribute Trail, as well as be used in the future for Native American ceremonies,” said Joe Naake, Outreach Case Manager. “This is a great opportunity for Hospitality House and volunteers to support our community in reclaiming our natural beauty, sacred Native American lands, and to help protect our vital waterways.”

In an effort to maintain local trails and ensure their safety and access for all while mitigating for fire, Hospitality House guests, staff and volunteers will spend their morning picking up debris on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Beautification efforts will take place in Nevada City near the Tribute Trail, which is land owned by C.H.I.R.P. The camp cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Throughout the year, the Hospitality House Outreach Team regularly disposes of garbage on rural properties and encourages people living in the rough to be fire-safe and remove debris. To aid this endeavor, Hospitality House refrains from distributing tents or sleeping bags as well.

More volunteers are needed for the cleanup. Contact Naake at 530-798-9817, or email to RSVP. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Utah’s Place, located at 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA. All safety supplies will be provided to volunteers. Breakfast and lunch are included for all participants, as prepared by Hospitality House’s culinary program.

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