Hospitality House is the only emergency homeless shelter in Nevada County, with 69 beds for homeless men, women and children.

I’m Rob Barker, Outreach Case Manager for Hospitality House.  I want to share a story with you today.  It’s the story of a woman who I will call Nancy.  Nancy is a 35-year old veteran and mother of a 3-month old baby.  I met Nancy 5-years ago living on the streets of Nevada City, and suffering from drug addiction.  She has come a long way and has completed her recovery program through a local treatment facility for substance abuse counseling services designed to encourage, motivate, and empower people.  After her recovery, Nancy reached out to us while pregnant seeking housing assistance.  It was a big concern for us that she was homeless and pregnant, and after giving birth, we lost contact with her. Due to confidentiality, we were unable to find her. Months passed, until we got a call from the Sheriff department telling us that Nancy’s car had broken down, and that she and her baby needed a place to stay.  Our HOME team immediately went out to Nancy, and we placed her and her baby in a hotel for a week.  Soon after, I arranged a meeting with agencies such as CaliWORKs, Veteran Services and our HOME team to find the necessary resources for permanent housing for them.  We now have developed a plan to find housing, funding and daycare services for Nancy as she is eager to start working.  Nancy and her baby are healthy and safe now and are awaiting placement for a permanent home, thanks to her willingness and great collaboration of our local agencies.

Volunteers Needed at Bread & Roses Thrift and More.  We’re looking for incredible people who want to join our volunteer team at Bread & Roses. There are a variety of shifts available and we’ll work with you and your schedule to find the best fit.

Only have one hour to spare? Yes, you can help! To get started, visit our volunteer page at or call Volunteer Manager Leah Farkas at 530-615-0805.

This past week, we were blessed by many caring individuals. I’d like to give a big thank you to Wolf Creek Co-housing, Telestream, Saint Patrick’s Church, Blessed Sisters, Elevation 2477, The Home Team, and Crossroads for coming out to cook. We are grateful to all of you, and of course, everyone who donated needed items.

Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for this week…

  • Men’s jeans, sizes 34 – 38
  • Men’s t-shirts, sizes M, L & XL
  • Men’s sneakers, sizes 8 – 12
  • Boxer shorts, sizes M & L
  • Women’s shorts, sizes 7 – 12
  • Women’s sneakers, sizes 8 – 11
  • Bras, sizes 32C – 40D
  • Flip-flops, all sizes
  • Gently used socks
  • Razors
  • Sunscreen
  • Blankets

Please drop off urgent items to Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. For all other donations that may benefit a homeless guest or the shelter in general, please take them to the backdoor of Bread & Roses, our thrift shop, located at 840 E Main Street, directly next door to Sierra Cinemas. Guests at our shelter are given shopping vouchers for the store to buy what they need, so your donation directly helps them. All other items are sold with 100% of the sales supporting the shelter’s operations. Thank you for sticking together so that we all get what we need.

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