Donations Doubled to Hospitality House through May 31

Two local community members have come forward to help unhoused residents in Nevada County by offering an incredible “May Match Challenge” to Hospitality House, the area’s leading emergency shelter for the general homeless population. Through May 31, all monetary donations to Hospitality House will be matched up to $30,000. A $50 donation can automatically become $100, which equates to the provision of 100 meals.

“In the last fiscal year, Hospitality House has stretched its outreach even further, — jumping from 618 people to 718 in the span of one year,” said Nancy Baglietto, executive director of Hospitality House. “This equates to 100 more local men, women, children, seniors and veterans who are houseless and in urgent need of shelter and resources designed to help them return to homes of their own.”

“Together we continue to make a difference,” said Baglietto. Community members who give right now can help change the lives of twice as many people experiencing homelessness. Whether giving $1, $50, $500, $1000 or more, every dollar counts in the face of a housing crisis.

Hospitality House continues to offer individualized services to our homeless neighbors in crisis, providing shelter, wrap around case management, nutritional sustenance, rental deposits, and access to healthcare—all aimed at assisting homeless individuals and families in their transition from homelessness to permanent housing. Since June, Hospitality House has served 737 unique homeless individuals and housed 234 people. While homelessness remains a top priority throughout the state, Nevada County response is unique in its ability to come together in partnership to respond with local solutions.

Take Grass Valley native Johnye Winningham as one such example. She and her husband happily raised their children while successfully managing a housecleaning business for three decades. Johnye never imagined losing her husband so early in life, let alone her son. And above all, she never even conceived of becoming homeless because she worked so hard and always made life work. But a series of unforeseen events left her alone, afraid, ultimately at the doorstep of Hospitality House emergency shelter.

With support from Hospitality House case managers, Johnye has been taken care of and completed over a dozen housing applications, but due to the shortage of affordable housing options, she is still waiting for the keys to her permanent home. Johnye’s story is not all that unfamiliar as housing prices continue to soar and wages struggle to keep up with the rising cost of living. For this reason, Hospitality House, in partnership with the community, remains committed to ensuring the essential resources are there for people when they need them.

A gift to Hospitality House this spring will help people like Johnye return “home” for good. A gift in any amount during the May Match Challenge can provide safe shelter, regular meals, case management, medical advocacy, pet care, transportation and all the tools and services needed to return to housing.

To participate in this limited-time donation match opportunity, donate online at, by phone at 530-615-0852, or by mail at 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945. All donations will be doubled through May 31 up to $30,000.




About Hospitality House

Hospitality House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit emergency shelter and housing provider, serving low-income and homeless residents of Nevada County. Hospitality House bridges the gap between homelessness and housing by offering shelter, housing resources, and a variety of wraparound services designed to help residents transition from homelessness to housing. Hospitality House envisions a community where accessible, permanent housing is available to all in Nevada County. For more information about Hospitality House, visit


Media Contact:

Nancy Baglietto

Executive Director

Hospitality House

Ph: (510) 499-4941

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