Weekly News – 7/06/18

July 6, 2018

As shared on KVMR:

As the housing case manager, I offer a “Ready to Rent” class. A woman we’ll call “Shannon” attended all 5 sessions of my Ready to Rent class and graduated speedily. She’s been diligently working on finding housing and was able to find a room to rent in Grass Valley. With the help of Hospitality House and other agencies in the area, she was able to get medical care and counseling for a health issue that previously caused her homelessness. We’re glad to say Shannon is doing very well. I have to say, the best part of my job is working with people after we’ve moved them into housing: talking through their questions on the phone, visiting and making sure they are still getting the resources (like for food programs or low-cost medical referrals) to achieve their goals. Change doesn’t always happen overnight, and I feel honored to walk by someone’s side as they make changes for themselves.

Thanks to St. Patrick’s Church, Sierra Pines Methodist, Jazzercise, Crossroads Church, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Nevada City United Methodist for cooking and serving delicious meals for 54 hungry homeless people this week. And the Baha’i community provided ingredients and served the Wednesday night dinner while the Hospitality House culinary students cooked it up!

We also want to thank all of you who dropped off items last week! Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for THIS week . . .

  • Ear plugs
  • Sunscreen
  • Ladies and Men’s deodorant (not the dollar store kind)
  • Toothpaste
  • Tech-nu poison oak lotion
  • Men’s sandals all sizes and women’s sandals, sizes 9-11

Drop off your donations at Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. Call 615-0852 with questions.

And to all you awesome Telestream employees out there . . . you work for a great company! Thank you Telestream for sponsoring this week at the shelter!

Hospitality House has two job openings: a Housing Case Manager and a Volunteer Manager. So if you are a people person and have a passion for service, check out the job description at hhshelter.org.

Bread & Roses Thrift is now open Monday (noon-4pm), and Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. It’s located by Big A Drive-In and Sierra Cinemas. And if you want to drop off donations, the back is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Here is your shopping tip, there is a “secret” designer section to the left of the Boho section. AND everything is 50% off this Saturday—that’s tomorrow!

Weekly News – 6/28/18

June 29, 2018

I am Debbie McDonald with Hospitality House, which is the only emergency homeless shelter in Nevada County, with 54 beds for homeless men, women and children.

Transportation is a big issue in this rural area for people who don’t have cars, and many of our guests don’t. We are happy to announce that the United Way and the County of Nevada together have funded a Homeless Access Transport van. Hospitality House will be able to establish regular routes to supplement the bus system, reach outlying areas and help provide access to services. We are starting to look for a passenger van (with a lift would be ideal) so if you have any leads, let us know!

One of our homeless guests—we’ll call her Sheila—is working hard to save money and get out into a place of her own. She has been sober for a year, recently secured a full-time job working late into the night, and still shows up for the culinary job readiness program. With the help of her case manager, she also enrolled at Sierra College for the fall. Go Sheila, go!

Thanks to Telestream, St. Patrick’s church, Mt. Stream Meditation, Peace Lutheran, the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Universal Unitarians for cooking and serving delicious meals for 54 hungry homeless people this week. And the Elks Lodge provided ingredients for the Wednesday night dinner, the Hospitality House culinary students cooked it up and the Elks served up pork chops and roasted potatoes. A great collaboration—thanks Elks!

We also want to thank all of you who dropped off items last week! Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for THIS week . . .

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • New nail clippers
  • New Hairbrushes
  • Ladies and Men’s deodorant (note the dollar store kind)
  • Tech-nu poison oak lotion
  • Large brim hats
  • Ladies shorts sizes 7-12
  • Men’s shorts sizes 30-32
  • Men’s sandals sizes 8-13
  • Men’s shirts, size small
  • A bike in good shape for someone who moved out last week and needs to commute to his restaurant job

Drop off your donations at Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. Call 615-0852 with questions.

Hospitality House has two job openings: a Housing Case Manager and a Volunteer Manager. So if you are a people person and have a passion for service, check out the job description at hhshelter.org.

As you head out for your Fourth of July barbecues, stop by Bread & Roses Thrift for red, white and blue summer tops and decorations! Shop your way to helping homeless people. Open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. by Big A Drive-In and Sierra Cinemas.

Weekly News – 6/22/18

June 22, 2018

I am Fred Skeen with Hospitality House, which is the only emergency homeless shelter in Nevada County, with 54 beds for homeless men, women and children. The shelter is looking spiffy this week thanks to the United Way of Nevada County Day of Action where five Telestream, LLC employees labored pulling weeds, painting and weed eating. Thanks United Way and Telestream!

As a registered nurse, I work with many of our guests who have complex physical issues. One of those homeless guests is a guest I will call Manny. He is a vet who has been diagnosed with a growth on his kidney and will have surgery next week. Navigating the VA medical system is a challenge and we have been able to assist with paperwork and transportation to medical appointments.

Last week we mentioned one of our culinary graduates getting a job at Wild Eye Pub, and this week that paid position allowed him to secure housing. Congratulations to Mark!

Thanks to Mount Saint Mary’s Convent and AcademyUnity in the Gold Country Spiritual CenterSusanna Wilson and team, Mary Liebke’s “Choppers”, Abundant Life Community Church and Wolf Creek Commons Cohousing for cooking and serving delicious meals for 54 hungry homeless people this week.

We also want to thank all of you who dropped off items last week! Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for THIS week . . . 
• A bike in good shape for someone who moved out last week and needs to commute to his restaurant job
• Foot Powder
• New nail clippers
• Hair ties (new Please)
• Hairbrushes
• Adult toothbrushes
• Tums
• Men’s deodorant (note the dollar store kind)
• Tech-nu poison oak lotion
• Ladies underwear
• Ladies shorts sizes 7-12
• Men’s shorts sizes 30-34
• Men’s sandals sizes 7-13
• Backpacks
• There are nine children at the shelter and we need boys and girls summer clothes for ages 1-7
• Extra-long twin bed for a tall gentleman who moved into a place several months ago and is sleeping on a cot.
• Double stroller for a mom of four
Drop off your donations at Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. Call 615-0852 with questions.

Hospitality House has two job openings: a Housing Case Manager and a Volunteer Manager. So if you are a people person and have a passion for service, check out the job description at hhshelter.org.

Speaking of volunteering, we are launching volunteer-only teams at Bread & Roses Thrift so that we can open on Mondays! We need TWO people on July 2 from noon-4 p.m. Grab a friend and join us! We also need a strong volunteer for a special organizing project this Wednesday, June 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. If you can help, call 615-0852, that’s 615-0852 to help at Bread & Roses Thrift on June 27 or July 2. As you update your summer wardrobe, drop off last year’s summer clothes to Bread & Roses. The donation area is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Weekly News – 6/15/18

June 15, 2018

There was a lot of discussion last winter about the warming shelter. We were so thankful that the City of Grass Valley and Nevada County partnered so we could open up 15 more beds in the dining room. Over the course of those four months, 157 people sheltered in the dining room alone, with 107 people of those people having some kind of disability. That’s additional 68% people we served!

It has been a surprisingly full house here for this June, with every bed taken. But two beds opened up last Tuesday when Sarah and Chuck practically skipped out of Hospitality House. They shared:

“We’ve been at the Hospitality House for six months and we worked really hard, and we got housing, and we’re out of here and starting our new life, and a little one on the way and hopefully things will go good! The [Rental Readiness] class was amazing. It got us a place is what it did. It got us to clean up all the little things that were left behind. You don’t realize what is important when you pick a place and we were able to get it all cleaned up. Out the door! The first place we applied for!”

You can see that video and others on the Hospitality House-Community Shelter Facebook page.

Hospitality House was down one student in our culinary class this week since he was working as a line cook over at Wild Eye Pub. The job readiness class made pulled pork for the other shelter guests on Wednesday and all the ingredients for that dinner and lunches the next day were covered by the Grass Valley Elks Lodge 538, who also came to serve dinner. The other six nights were covered by all of the food ingredients for dinner for 70 people. Thanks to Twin Cities Church, Trinity Church, Veritas Church, Beverly’s Kitchen Kutups, Nevada County Cannabis Alliance and the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains.

Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for THIS week . . .

· Extra-long twin bed for a tall gentleman who moved into a place several months ago and is sleeping on a cot.
· Double stroller
· Need men’s shorts and pants small and medium
· Men’s summer tank tops
· Men’s slippers and sandals, all sizes
· Men’s belts
· Ladies short pants S,M.L
· Ladies summer tops M, L
· Ladies sandals all sizes except 7
· Ladies and men’s summer pajamas
· SUNSCREEN
· Alcohol-free mouthwash
· Hairbrushes
· Industrial 3-hole punch/drill and other office supplies
· Volunteer to do simple video editing about once a week

Drop off your donations at Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. Or email Debbie@hhshelter.org with questions.

Bread & Roses Thrift and More gives our case managers the opportunity to outfit our homeless guests for free, thanks to your donations. Please think of Bread & Roses for your housewares, small furniture and unused decorating items. The donation area is open 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday, located next to Big A Drive-In and Sierra Cinemas. And now that school is out, bring your teenage kids or grand kids for a fun afternoon of thrifting and a milkshake over at Big A’s!

And a final shout out to all of you volunteers, including the DJs here at KVMR 89.5FM & 105.1FM. Last year your 11,297 hours saved the shelter $343,728. What amazing community effort—just like this community radio!

Weekly News – 6/8/18

June 11, 2018

Molly, housing case manager reporting:
“I get to work with our guests to help them get back into housing. Last week we worked with a fellow who was on the streets and wasn’t coming into shelter. Several staff all worked together to get him into the shelter. He had a lot of medical needs and was in a wheelchair. I am happy to report we identified income and a safe place for him to move into!”

Here is a message from one of our staff, Jo, about a project she is doing with our guests. She explains: “I began facilitating a Creative Writing class/workshop here at Hospitality House about four months ago once a week, to which some of the most frequent guests have been referring to as ‘writing therapy sessions’. Since I was 12 years old, writing has been my ‘church’ and has helped me process so much, that I wanted to be able to share this gift with the guests here at the shelter, and help them realize the ability to heal through writing.

In the beginning I had 4-6 attendees, and as time has progressed my average attendance is 8-12 guests ; five of which have been coming since the get go. We always begin our sessions with a ‘free write’, which has been adapted from Julia Cameron’s ‘Artist’s Way’ and her morning pages. This has proven to not only be cathartic, but assists in sifting out the clutter to make room for more creative flow. I am elated to report that over the last four months I have seen first hand the intelligent, intuitive nature and healthy processing of deep-seated issues and traumas through various creative writing prompts and group sharing”.

Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for THIS week . . . 
– Extra-long twin bed for a tall gentleman who moved into a place several months ago and is sleeping on a cot.
– Double stroller
– Toilet paper
– Jelly for sandwiches
– Mens and womens shorts
Drop off your donations at Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. Or email Debbie@hhshelter.org with questions.

On another note, if you know someone who is moving or downsizing, have them drop off their extra things to Bread & Roses Thrift, 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday, located next to Big A Drive-In and Sierra Cinemas. And because it is elections week: “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in”. Thank you to all who volunteer your time!

Weekly News – 6/1/18

June 1, 2018

Yesterday 50 people from the shelter and the community grabbed trash bags and gloves and hit the streets in Brunswick Basin to clean up trash. The teams cleaned up many campsites near Sutton Way and Plaza Drive in addition to areas around local businesses, like Safeway. Volunteers with dump trucks and pickup trucks collected over 1,000 pounds of garbage to fill a dumpster that was provided by the County of Nevada, CA. It’s pretty dramatic to look at the before and after pictures. Check them out on the Facebook album. Thanks to all of you that came out to make our community a cleaner place to live. One of the guests staying at the shelter who helped clean up trash in a camp said, “I stay at the Hospitality House myself and I am just doing the right thing. We all live here and we’re all a community and we all need to take care of each other.”

I also wanted to share a story from Debra who came to a monthly luncheon we have for people who have moved out into housing. When she came last month she wanted to share:
“I’ve been chronically homeless mostly all my life. I live in a granny unit. I’m pretty happy and I babysit my grandson full-time. I have 18 months clean now and I’m doing really good! It’s still life on life’s terms. I have a big support group. I have some health issues going on but I’m dealing with them. I’m learning today to sit on my hands and not run. I get to live. I’m not dying. I’m not under a tree, spun out, with nowhere to go and nothing to do. It’s pretty awesome. It’s pretty scary . . . “

Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for THIS week . . . 
– Extra-long twin bed for a tall gentleman who moved into a place several months ago and is sleeping on a cot.
– Mens shorts
– Short or ankle socks
– Toilet paper
– Blankets
– Teaching assistant for our Rental Readiness class
Drop off your donations at Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. Or email Debbie@hhshelter.org with questions.

Go shopping this Saturday! You can score 50% off everything at Bread & Roses Thrift Store on Saturday. Stop by Bread & Roses Thrift, located next to Big A Drive-In and Sierra Cinemas, noon-6, Tuesday-Saturday.

Weekly News – 5/25/18

May 25, 2018

I want to tell you about some of the work done by the Outreach Case Manager at Hospitality House. He works with people living “in the rough”. Sometimes he gets a call from the jail and they are releasing someone who has nowhere to go. He picks them up and either gets them connected to services or works with the county to get them on a bus to where they want to go. He also builds relationships with people living on the street so that when they are ready for treatment, he jumps on the chance. Last week, a young man—24 years old–came to the door and was fairly desperate. He was struggling with substance abuse and when Joe asked him if he was ready for treatment, he said yes. And Joe worked with city police and CORR and took him over to the treatment center right then! You can support Hospitality House in this work this month—only six days left—and your donation will be matched. Go online to hhshelter.org and give in May.

Mark your calendars to join our homeless guests in a Community Cleanup Day on Thursday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., hosted by Hospitality House. We will be picking up trash in Brunswick Basin and going out to several other camps and areas. Hospitality House does not distribute tents or sleeping bags and the Hospitality House Outreach Case Manager regularly disposes of trash on rural properties while encouraging people to be fire-safe and remove debris. Thanks to County of Nevada for helping with a dumpster. If you can help, bring your gloves to Hospitality House, 1262 Sutton Way at 9 a.m. on May 31. See you there!

Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for THIS week . . . 
– Small shampoos (travel/hotel size)
– Tampons
– Earplugs
– Short or ankle socks
– Defibrillator
– Blankets
– Volunteer who is good at databases
– Teaching assistant for our Rental Readiness class
Drop off your donations at Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. Or email Debbie@hhshelter.org with questions.

Bread & Roses Thrift Store just got in some Noritaki china sets, a poker table and they have a bunch of records, not to mention a lot of nice spring and summer clothes. Stop by Bread & Roses Thrift open 10-6, Tuesday-Saturday. 

Last Wednesday many of you gathered and shared stories about Utah Phillips at the shelter location, Utah’s Place. Some people wore the trademark clown nose that Utah used to wear to entertain kids in the grocery store and told stories about the KVMR show Loafer’s Glory. Thanks to Steve Baker, Mikail Graham and all the musicians and friends who sang and laughed together.

“Legacy of love: Hospitality House remembers Utah Phillips 10 years after his death”

May 24, 2018

“Bruce “Utah” Phillips became famous the world over by performing songs, poems and stories that told the tale of normal, hard-working folks.

Off the stage, he was well known as a labor organizer and advocate for the homeless. He was a local celebrity who placed high value on people being treated fairly and equally regardless of their economic status.

Phillips was instrumental in opening Hospitality House, a nonprofit community shelter for the homeless in Nevada County that is largely funded by donations. The building in which the shelter resides is now called Utah’s Place, in honor of the dedication and hard work Phillips put into the project.

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Phillips’ death. To commemorate the occasion Hospitality House will host Remembering Utah Phillips, an open house to which the community is invited. Attendees will have an opportunity to share a story, a song, a poem or a memory of Phillips.”

Continue reading at The Union

Weekly News – 5/18/18

May 21, 2018

Did you see Steve Baker’s article in The Prospector yesterday about DJ Husky LePew celebrating his 100th show? That KVMR DJ talked to Steve Baker about the help he received from Hospitality House several years ago. “So I came here (KVMR) with an incredibly sexy voice and the rest is just seat of the pants radio,” he said with a laugh. “Hey, I’m your soul provider, baby.” Yup, that’s part of his radio format — “soul provider” of vintage R&B, smooth jazz and, of course, soul music. If you have insomnia on a Tuesday, tune in!

I have a story from one of our guests, Justin: “Since the day I arrived at Hospitality House I have been clean and sober, working full-time and taking classes and courses for creative writing. I’ve also been assigned as a caretaker to give back and it’s helping me a lot with my sobriety and my understanding of life. I come back from work every day to do the floors and laundry at Hospitality House.” And as of last week, he found a small place and moved out of the shelter. Congratulations, Justin. This month is our challenge grant—so any donation you give is doubled in May. Go online to hhshelter.org and give in May!

Bread & Roses Thrift Store is filling in their housewares and costume jewelry sections. Donation hours have expanded to 10am-5pm, behind Bread & Roses, Tuesday-Saturday. They also have a nice selection of lightweight sweaters and some nice coffee tables you should check out. On Saturdays, we need a sturdy volunteer to help in the back and another volunteer to help sort clothes 12-3 or 3-6. Drop by Bread & Roses Thrift!

Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for THIS week . . .
– earplugs
– Short or ankle socks
– Sturdy summer sandals for both men and women
– Ibuprofen
– Jewelry beading art supplies, stretchy string and earring wires
– Teaching assistant for our Rental Readiness class
– Photographer to do a 4-6 week project with our shelter guests
Drop off your donations at Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. Or email Debbie@hhshelter.org with questions.

There are two upcoming events for your calendar:
Next Wednesday, May 23, we are remembering Utah Phillips: 10 Years Gone and Going Strong. Join us at Utah’s Place and share a song, or story or a smile. Wednesday, May 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Utah’s Place, 1262 Sutton Way. If you can’t make it, send a story that can be shared with others to Debbie@hhshelter.org.

Also mark your calendars to join our homeless guests in a Community Cleanup Day on Thursday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., hosted by Hospitality House. We will be picking up trash in Brunswick Basin and going out to several other camps and areas. Thanks to Waste Management for helping with a dumpster. Bring your gloves to Hospitality House, 1262 Sutton Way at 9 a.m. on May 31. See you there!

Weekly News – 5/11/18

May 11, 2018

After steady declines in homelessness from 2007 through 2014, the number of people without homes in California has now risen for three consecutive years. California is home to 21 of the 30 most expensive rental markets in the nation and the state does not have enough affordable housing stock to meet the demand of low-income households. The state’s 2.2 million extremely low-income and very low-income renter households compete for 664,000 affordable rental homes.

The affordable housing shortage is also reflected here in Nevada County, and can be even more of an issue for the 28% of Hospitality House guests that struggle with a physical disability.

Cathy began sheltering with us last December. She suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and is limited to walking with a 4-point walker. Her family (several in the area) were estranged from her. After seeing her struggle during the day, through the winter season of snow and rain, we coordinated with the Medical Social Workers at the local hospital to get her placed in the Westview Skilled Nursing Facility in Auburn for long term care. What a blessing for her overall comfort and safety.

On another note: Bread & Roses Thrift Store needs your quality donations as you do your spring cleaning. That’s just another way to help people struggling with homelessness. You can drop off donations behind Bread & Roses, Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5pm, which is right next to Big A Drive-In. They also have a cool marble-topped coffee table and a really nice couch you should check out.

Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for THIS week . . . 
– Sturdy summer sandals for both men and women
– Ibuprofen 
– Mens pants, sizes 30-36
– Art supplies, specifically canvases for acrylic painting and beading supplies
– Teaching assistant for our Rental Readiness class
– Photographer to do a 4-6 week project with our shelter guests
Drop off your donations at Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. Or email Debbie@hhshelter.org with questions.

Thank you to Jerry Grant and his orchestra, Motoshi Kosaki, Tumble, Gary Regina, Sands Hall, Maggie McKaig, Randy McKean, Dick Mentzer and the other talented people who organized and performed in the jazz benefit for Hospitality House this last Wednesday night. We are so thankful for this wonderful community performance.

There are two upcoming events for your calendar:
On May 23, we are remembering Utah Phillips: 10 Years Gone and Going Strong. Join us at Utah’s Place and share a song, or story or a smile. Wednesday, May 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Utah’s Place, 1262 Sutton Way. If you can’t make it, send a story that can be shared with others to Debbie@hhshelter.org.

Also mark your calendars to join our homeless guests in a Community Cleanup Day on Thursday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., hosted by Hospitality House. We will be picking up trash in Brunswick Basin and going out to several other camps and areas. Thanks to Waste Management for helping with a dumpster. Bring your gloves to Hospitality House, 1262 Sutton Way at 9 a.m. on May 31. See you there!

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