Last Chance to Double Your Impact!

Today is your last chance to have your donation matched! All donations will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $30,000, doubling the impact of the gift. Your donation will help house, feed, and provide services for people like Deborah.

70-year-old Deborah Howe became homeless when she fled for her life. A victim of domestic abuse, Deborah bounced from a cemetery to a hillside and park to park before connecting with Hospitality House.

Once at Utah’s Place, Deborah worked with case managers like Angela (pictured above with Deborah) to rebuild her confidence. She also cared for a stray cat named Bubba. Caring for Bubba helped Deborah rebuild her self-worth.

“Many times, I was close to giving up, but I would see my cat and know I can’t give up,” shared Deborah.

This last summer, Deborah and Bubba moved into permanent housing. Deborah still works closely with Angela, and when Bubba needed veterinary care, the Pet Program offered aid. Bubba underwent two succesful surgeries and was returned to Deborah. Today, both Bubba and Deborah are happy, healthy, and housed.

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Night of Giving is Saturday, December 18th!

This Saturday, December 18th, stay home and snuggle up on the couch for the 16th annual Night of Giving. The event returns virtually this year and will feature six-time Grammy-nominated artist John McCutcheon, an American folk music singer-songwriter who was closely connected to one of Hospitality House’s late founders, Utah Phillips.

“This year’s Night of Giving will look and feel quite different,” said Ashley Quadros, development director. “I don’t want to give too much away, but the program will be very different this year. In fact, the entire show is less than a half-hour; yet we still have nearly 30 musicians involved.”

Attendees can stream the event at, on our Facebook page or on our Youtube channel. Streaming is free but a donation of $25 is encouraged to help Hospitality House, and donations received during the event will be tripled by angel donors. Hospitality House staff will be on standby, ready and hopeful to facilitate donations over the phone at 530-615-0852 from 7 – 10 p.m. or online at through midnight. Donations sent via mail on or before Dec. 19 with “Night of Giving” in the check memo will also be counted toward the match.

A special thank you to this year’s sponsors: County of Nevada – Better Together, SPD Markets, Telestream, BriarPatch Food Co-op, B & C Ace Home & Garden Center, KVMR, Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Clientworks, YubaNet, Coldwell Banker Grass Roots, Sweetland Garden Mercantile, MWA, Inc, and PE Consulting & Associates.

Buy a Holiday Ornament, Change a Life

Still have holiday shopping to do? Consider the gift that keeps on giving. When you buy an home ornament from Hospitality House, you can help give a home to someone else. Ornaments make great hostess gifts too! Get yours today>

 Volunteer Spotlight: Maggie McKaig

“I think it’s more vital than ever to support Hospitality House,” said Maggie McKaig.

For 16 long years, Maggie has volunteered her time and talent, performing each year at Night of Giving, an event she helped create to raise financial support for those in need. How Night of Giving came about is somewhat serendipitous. As Maggie recalled:

“One November afternoon in 2006, I happened to run into Utah Phillips at Ike’s Quarter Cafe in Nevada City. I asked him about Hospitality House, the organization he had helped found in 2005 to help the homeless. He explained how difficult the financial challenges were for the fledgling organization. As I’m a musician, I had helped organize many events over the years, and believed very strongly in the mission and vision of Hospitality House; I asked if he’d like me to create some kind of musical benefit. He thought it a grand idea and gave his blessings on the proposal. So, I ran with it, enlisted the help of Mikail Graham (who was running Coopers at the time), and on December 23, at Coopers, the very first Night of Giving was manifested.”

While it didn’t have an official name that first year, the evening was far more successful than anyone could have imagined. Subsequently, she, Utah and Mikail decided to do it again the next year at Miners Foundry (and for several years to come!), giving it the official name: Night of Giving. 

“It was a sign that our community clearly understood the importance of supporting Hospitality House, and that they very much appreciated and loved being able to offer that support while being immersed in a joyous, live music community experience,” said Maggie. “Therein beats the heart of Night of Giving.”

Night of Giving has changed shape and form through the years, ballooning into a mass hometown holiday party with nearly 50 performers at its peak. This year, in the face of an ongoing pandemic (and associated challenges), the event is being held virtually on Saturday, Dec. 18, in a much smaller, intimate format. This year, Maggie took on the role of artistic director to help in the recruitment of dozens of artists who banned together to do something magical—something never before done in these last 16 years.

“While it might be difficult to imagine how a 20-minute-long video can even begin to capture the magic and warmth of our traditional, 7-hour-plus community gathering at the Miners Foundry, I think everyone who watches Night of Giving 2021 will nonetheless be powerfully moved by the obvious amount of love and effort that went into this particular Night of Giving,” she said.

To see first-hand the love that has gone into this year’s event, tune in this Saturday night at 7 p.m. at We thank you, Maggie, for singing now and always to help those in need.

Warm Hearts This Holiday Season 

 Business Appreciation:

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

A big thank you to all the wonderful folks at Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains (UUCM).
One of our founders, Utah Phillips, was a member of UUCM and, long after his passing, UUCM and its members continue to further the work of Hospitality House through volunteerism, activism and financial support.
This month, the Justice team at UUCM selected Hospitality House as the recipient of their Pass the Plate donations for December. This means that all designated donations and 25% of undesignated plate donations received in December will be given to Hospitality House.
“At the beginning of the pandemic, we transitioned into a 24/7 shelter to accommodate the increased need and we’ve maintained this expanded capacity ever since, thanks to donors and our community partners, like UUCM,” said Joe Naake, outreach director. “We are grateful for UUCM’s continued support and generosity.”
Thank you, UUCM, for all that you continue to make possible!

Giving for Years to Come

As we near the end of 2021 and look to the future, consider including planned giving to Hospitality House in your vision for the coming year. Legacy donors help guarantee the future of our organization and the values we share, assisting individuals in need for generations to come. For more information on joining our Legacy Circle, visit our website. Learn more>
Purdon’s Crossing to Play a Benefit for Hospitality House
On Dec. 16th, Wild Eye Pub in Grass Valley will host Thankful Thursday, a benefit for Hospitality House. Purdon’s Crossing will perform and a silent auction will take place. Reservations are encouraged. For more informaiton on the event and COVID protocols, visit the Facebook event page

We’re Hiring!

Hospitality House is looking for qualified people to join our team.
We are currently hiring for the following
  • Shelter Advocate
  • Shelter Advocate (Overnight)
  • Culinary Program Manager
For more information of job descriptions, qualifications, and how to apply, follow this link>

Admin Office Holiday Closure

Our administrative offices at 488 Crown Point Circle will be closed from December 20th through December 24th to allow staff to spend additional time with their families. Any emails or phone messages will be returned the week of December 27th.
The shelter will remain open 24/7 to aid those in need. The shelter is located 1262 Sutton Way and can be reached by phone at (530) 271-7144.

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Wish List
Needs for the Shelter:
Twin-size blankets VERY URGENT NEED
Portable oxygen concentrator (1 needed)
Toilet paper
PPE masks (paper disposable or neck gators)
Men’s and women’s sweatpants
Pillows (new only)
Bottled water
Travel bags/ duffle bags/ backpacks
Plastic utensils
Paper plates/ bowls
Men’s and women’s underwear, size small and medium
Ibuprofen / Tylenol
Hydrogen Peroxide
Topical tooth pain reliever
Men’s shoes 9 1/2 and up; also size 12 -14
Women’s medium to 2xl long sleeve shirts
Women’s shoes 8 and up
Men’s and women’s deodorant
Men’s pants size 48
Men and women’s S-XXL Depends
Men’s pants size 34x32 and 32x32
For increased safety and to streamline our donation process, donations are no longer being accepted at our shelter. Please drop off your items Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm at our admin office, located at 488 Crown Point Circle, Suite 100, Grass Valley, Ca 95945 (the admin office is closed on all major holidays).

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Hospitality House
1262 Sutton Way
Grass Valley, CA 95945-5175

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