Help Us Congratulate, Stella
Today is a big day for Stella in our shelter. She just graduated from the Hospitality House Serves culinary job training program.
“Stella worked very hard and showed up every day for class,” said Chef Chris Fagan, her culinary instructor. “She was on time, she paid attention and by the time she finished her course, she was preparing food for our entire shelter!”
Stella continues to wow us with her food and we are so proud of her dedication and eagerness to learn.
Help us congratulate Stella with a donation in her honor to help her and others like her with their next steps to reach permanent housing. Give today>
Hospitality House Moves Forward with Freezer Project
Thank you to everyone who responded to our Fund the Freezer campaign. We hit our goal because of you! The new freezer will increase the shelter’s ability to accept food donations, purchase in bulk to reduce costs, and in turn, feed more homeless men, women, children, seniors and Veterans. We are working closely with Nevada County Environmental Health on our next steps and expect to make this project a reality very soon. Learn more about the importance of this project>
We Heart Our Hearts & Hands Club
At Hospitality House, we are counting our lucky stars to be surrounded by so many caring people in our community. In August, we set out with an ambitious goal to welcome 25 new people to our Hearts & Hands Club (monthly giving). We came close—welcoming 20 new members. Thank you! Thank you!
If you haven’t signed up for the club, it’s not too late. You can become a member at any time. Learn about the club’s monthly impact>
Pandemic Progress:
March 16 – Sept. 15
Thank you, community supporters! During these last six months, 417 unique individuals (including children) have been helped. Service highlights include:
  • 33,975 meals
  • 2,853 case management services
  • 2,743 rides to medical and related
  • 261 life skills/housing counseling sessions
Most importantly, 56 people moved from homelessness to housing! Let’s continue this good work together. Help now>
Business Appreciation: Twin Cities
We’d like to thank the members of Twin Cities Church for rallying together this August to host a fundraiser for our shelter. Fifty-three individuals and families participated and collectively raised nearly $7,000 to provide pandemic-related relief to our homeless community—including emergency shelter, nourishing meals, case management, PPE, outreach support and housing assistance. Thank you! Thank you!
Would you or your business like to host a drive for Hospitality House? You can! Donation drives of food, urgent needs and financial support are always welcome. Questions? Please contact our small but mighty development team at 530-615-0852, or by email at
Volunteer Spotlight: Kathy Dotson
For the last several years, Kathy Dotson, local designer and illustrator, has been gifting her graphic design talents to Hospitality House in a variety of capacities, but she’s most known for her beautiful posters and flyers that bring awareness and support to Hospitality House events, such as Night of Giving and Empty Bowl.
“It is wonderful knowing that my design and artwork have been appreciated and valued over the years,” said Kathy. “Hospitality House serves such a large need in our community.  And over the years they have been such a valuable and necessary resource for so many people. As a busy graphic designer, I am fortunate that I can give some service to Hospitality House during the year.”
Kathy has been loyally helping Hospitality House since approximately 2011, but prior to that, she had an experience with one of our founders, Utah Phillips, that has stayed with her all these years.
“A wonderful memory is having Utah Phillips sit for me while I sketched his portrait,” recalled Kathy.  “The finished watercolor painting sits in the offices of KVMR radio.”
Today, Kathy continues to help Hospitality House and when she isn’t designing, you can find her enjoying the great outdoors with her husband and two daughters.
Happy Solar-Versary to Us!
This month Utah’s Place celebrates one year of solar savings, thanks to California Solar Electric and Good Sun, two businesses that came together to help Hospitality House reduce its electrical bills and in turn help more people. Hopes for solar at the shelter began several years ago but the project didn’t gain momentum until spring 2019.
Thank you, Cal Solar and Good Sun, for this generous gift that continues to give. And thank you to our video crew who captured this project on film: Dick Mentzer, Jim Heck, Mark Triolo and Brendan Brooks.
IRA Gifts Allow You to Give More
Giving directly to Hospitality House can mean you won’t be taxed on that IRA distribution. If you are over 70½ years, your required IRA distribution can go directly to Hospitality House without taxes being deducted. This is a qualified charitable distribution.
The IRS says:
Generally, a qualified charitable distribution is an otherwise taxable distribution from an IRA (other than an ongoing SEP or SIMPLE IRA) owned by an individual who is age 70½ or over that is paid directly from the IRA to a qualified charity. See Publication 590-B, Distributions from Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) for additional information.
Help Hospitality House shelter and care for people as we head into fall and winter with a direct donation from your IRA! Call 530-615-0852 or your financial advisor to make arrangements. Learn more about your planned giving options>
September Volunteer Opportunities
Our volunteers love to make a difference. As our shelter remains in quarantine, we’d like to invite our volunteers to consider a few opportunities with our friends at the South Yuba River Citizen League (SYRCL) and Re-Start Ministries.
SYRCL River Cleanup, Sept. 16 – 27
SYRCL unites the community to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed and right now they need volunteers to help throughout their 12-day cleanup. Volunteers will be spread across 16+ sites over 12-days to minimize contact with visitors and volunteers. Only 5-10 volunteers are allowed per cleanup site each shift. Sign up to beautify Nevada County today! Details>
Re-Start Ministries – Help People into their New Homes
Re-start is a nonprofit that helps locals in need receive home furnishings at no cost. Wayne Worden, who runs Re-start, allows our homeless guests to hand-select their own furnishings to make their new house a home. Furnishings include large couches, beds, tables, etc. and Wayne could use a few more hands to help move items. If you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, you can directly help someone settle into their new home by calling Wayne at 530-906-1020.
Check out Connecting Point’s Volunteer Hub for even more opportunities to make a difference in our community.
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Wish List
Needs for the Shelter:
• New pillows
• New blankets
• Adult coloring books
• Colored pens and pencils
• Any crafts that can be done by one person
• Deodorant
• Hand sanitizer
•Poligrip and Polident
• Body soap
• Shampoo and conditioner, regular sizes
• Bleach
• Bottled water
• Guitar picks
Please drop these urgent items off at Utah’s Place, located 1262 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.
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