Guests are Grateful for Food, Shelter and Care

Over 100 people, including eight children, are currently receiving shelter and related care at Utah’s Place and across multiple locations with your direct help as well as help from our community partners. Guests in our shelter shared what they are most grateful for this holiday season in the following video.

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With Thanksgiving around the corner, we are thankful to have caring people like you in our community who dependably give to Hospitality House to help people in crisis. If you’d like to help us continue our expansion efforts through the holidays and beyond, please know that even $1 makes a difference. One dollar provides one meal and with over 100 mouths to feed, every dollar counts. Give today>

Gearin’ Up for Night of Giving

Mark those calendars for Saturday, Dec. 19! The 15th annual Night of Giving is back as a virtual evening of entertainment to raise awareness and support for our homeless community. Tune in from home at 6 p.m. at, or by watching Public Access Television: Comcast channel 11 or Suddenlink channel 16.

“This event is all about togetherness,” said Mikail Graham, event host and founder of Night of Giving. “What started as a small evening with friends has grown into what it is today—a community-driven musical benefit for those in need. Together, we’re raising awareness and support for our homeless community, and we’d love for you to join us.”

We’d like to thank this year’s Night of Giving sponsors: County of Nevada – Better Together, SPD Markets, BriarPatch Food Co-op, Telestream, B & C Ace Home & Garden Center, KVMR, The Union, YubaNet, Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Clientworks, Coldwell Banker, Sweetland Garden Mercantile, and Law Office of Minor & Keene for giving their enthusiastic support!

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Dennell Shares his Struggles and his Gratitude 

Local man, Dennell, has been a Nevada County resident since 1996. In the following video, he courageously shares difficult parts of his life and how declining health and job loss contributed to his homelessness.

“It’s tough. You’ve got your pride, your dignity, and you got to hold up your head,” said Dennell. “And sometimes you got to ask for a little help and it’s so hard but thank God they are here to help.”

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Dennell hopes that he will be able to rent a small apartment with a porch very soon so he can sit outside and watch the world go by. He also looks forward to being able to go out fishing again. To help Dennell and other guests reach housing, please consider a gift today. Donate>

Helping Veterans into Housing

Friends of Nevada County Military and Hospitality House have come together to expand services to homeless Veterans by introducing a new Homeless Veterans Housing Program to the community. The program is principally designed to provide housing assistance and homelessness prevention to Veterans and their families, but it also includes safety net care, such as emergency shelter, food, case management, job training, mental health counseling and transportation as needed.

“Because of COVID-19, Veterans have been less inclined to shelter with us,” explained Joe Naake, outreach manager at Hospitality House. “Congregate living and sheltering in place are barriers right now, especially when you factor in PTSD, mental illness or substance use, common attributes among our homeless Veteran community. The new program will help us rapidly move more Veterans directly from the streets into permanent supportive housing.”

The program caught the attention of KCRA out of Sacramento. Watch the news clip that aired on Veterans Day:

Learn more about the Homeless Veterans Housing Program>

Business Appreciation: Volz Brothers

We’d like to acknowledge and thank Volz Brothers for the consistent help that they provide to our homeless community. In addition to helping in the routine maintenance of Hospitality House vehicles, they also donate labor and parts to guests’ vehicles and also donate financial support when they can.

“They always go above and beyond for us,” said Joe Naake, outreach manager. “Whether it’s car trouble or routine car care, they step up and help us every time.”

Thank you, Volz Brothers. We appreciate you!

Volunteer Spotlight: Mindy Oberne

This month we’d like to recognize Mindy Oberne for her faithful support of Hospitality House and advocacy on behalf of those less fortunate. Mindy is a well-known artist in the community and the founder of Twin Star Gallery Ceramics & Photography. She began volunteering with Hospitality House after learning about the nonprofit through friend and fellow artist, Chic Lotz. Since that time, every year Mindy has created and donated 100 bowls to help make Empty Bowl possible.

“I think we all need to feel like we’re making a positive difference in people’s lives,” said Mindy. “It gives purpose and great fulfillment knowing you’ve helped others.”

Despite the traditional Empty Bowl being canceled this year due to the pandemic, Mindy was the featured Empty Bowl artist of 2020 and assisted in bowl distribution to ticketholders this past July. In past years, she’s also led the silent auction efforts for Empty Bowl, in addition to volunteering for other opportunities as they arise with Hospitality House and alike nonprofits.

“It’s important that those who are down and out know that there are people out there who do care,” added Mindy.

Mindy’s care for others inspired her to do more for Hospitality House and on Dec. 5 and 6, she is hosting a special artist benefit called  “The Weekend of Giving” in the shelter’s honor. Mindy specializes in one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces, including statues as well as functional art, such as teapots, bowls, cups, and more. She’s also a professional photographer of local scenes and of Antarctica, all of which will be on display and available for purchase. 100% of the proceeds from this weekend will be donated by Mindy to Hospitality House. Buy an item from Mindy and directly support Hospitality House in the process.

We thank you, Mindy, for your continued advocacy, love and support and for hosting what is sure to be a beautiful artist benefit for our homeless community.

Giving Hearts, Lending Hands

Hearts & Hands Club members donate every month to support the efforts of Hospitality House. Club donations are collectively allocated toward the greatest needs each month, including but not limited to shelter, food, clothing, outreach, housing assistance, case management, job training and emergency preparedness in response to COVID-19.


For as little as $5, you can become an honored club member today and change a life right now. Learn more>

Pandemic Progress (March 16 – Nov. 13)

Thank you, everyone, for your continued support these last several months. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been impactful. During the pandemic, 483 homeless individuals have received the following services:

  • 48,194 meals
  • 4,498 rides provided to medical and related
  • 4,246 case management services
  • 322 life skills/housing counseling sessions
  • 54 mental health counseling sessions
  • 47 hygiene packages delivered on the streets

Most of all, 61 people have homes of their own again. Thank you! Let’s continue this good work together>

Living Legacy: Can I Change or Revoke My Will?

The following is an excerpt from The State Bar of California “Do I Need A Will?”

You should review your will periodically. If it is not up to date when you die, your estate may not be distributed as you wish.

Your will can be changed through a codicil, a legal document that must be drafted and executed with the same procedure that applies to wills. A codicil is an amendment to your will. You should not change your will by simply crossing out words or sentences, or by making any notes or written corrections on it. (See section of California Bar brochure #4 “Are There Various Kinds of Wills?” for advice on additions.)

You may also establish a new will and, in doing so, revoke your old will. If you get married or divorced, or establish a registered domestic partnership or terminate one, you should seek the advice of a lawyer and make a new will, as such a change in status results in automatic changes to your will. You should also review your will when there are any other major changes in your family (such as births and deaths), when the value of your assets significantly increases or decreases, and when it is no longer appropriate for your proposed guardian or executor or testamentary trustee to act in that capacity.

If you have moved to California from another state and have a will that is valid under the laws of that state, California will honor its validity. It is important for you to review your will with a qualified California lawyer, however, since California law will govern the probate of your will if you live here at your death. If you move out of state, your California will should be reviewed by a lawyer there.

The Hospitality House Legacy Circle allows you to continue helping your homeless neighbors into the future. Find out more> 


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Wish List


Needs for the Shelter:


• PPE masks and gloves
• Hand sanitizer
• Towels
• *New pillows
• Blankets, twin size
• Poligrip and Polident
• Triple antibiotic ointment
• Bottled water
• Razors
• Travel bags
• Women’s hair ties and brushes
• Men’s and Women’s sweatshirts, hoodies, and jackets
• Men’s and Women’s long sleeves
• Men’s and Women’s *new underwear
• Men’s and Women’s shoes
• Men’s pants


Please drop these urgent items off at Utah’s Place, located 1262 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.