Weekly News – 11/16/18

November 16, 2018

As reported on KVMR, on 11/16/18

Hospitality House is the only emergency homeless shelter in Nevada County, with 69 beds for homeless men, women and children.

Many times, the shelter is full, but we still try to provide as much support as we can.  We have a story of a woman that recently wrote to us about her experience at the shelter.  This is what she wrote:

I couldn’t believe how easy and fast it was to get help at the shelter. I was not able to get a bed, first come, first served, as I showed up late that day. But I left with a bag full of great food, another bag full of new toiletries and hygiene products, a clean and warm comfy jacket. It was hard to hold back the tears, I feel so grateful. Eva and the staff were so kind and welcoming. They do have a breathalyzer on site, and I was told that they drug screen and do TB test, but that is understandable considering how close quarters it was, and how one person could make everyone else sick or one intoxicated person could really cause trouble for everyone else. They helped me without any issue or hesitation. They also offered me additional resources and information, where I could receive other services, such as getting laundry done and taking a shower, even getting a blanket and a tent if there is no shelter available! This is not a place for freeloaders who just want to get intoxicated at other people’s expense.  Instead It’s a place for people who sincerely want to improve their lives but just need some help right now.  I feel I have a moral obligation to volunteer here when I’m back on my feet. We need more places like Hospitality House.

The reason this woman wants to volunteer is just one of the many reasons people volunteer at Hospitality House.  Some people volunteer to feel connected, and socialization is a big reason for volunteering.  Some just want to serve and be part of something bigger than themselves.  There are so many more reasons people serve but regardless of the reason, volunteers are vital to Hospitality House.  We are truly grateful for each and every one of them.

A big thank you to the volunteer dinner groups who made dinner for 80 every night last week: Alta Sierra Church of Later Day Saints, Twin Cities, Trinity Episcopal, The Veritas Church, Kitchen Kutups, Grass Valley Charter, Abundant Life Church and the shelter’s culinary students.  We have the 13th Annual Night of Giving coming up on Saturday, December 22 -So, mark your calendars now!  You can purchase your tickets at hhshelter.org or purchase them at BriarPatch and Bread & Roses thrift store.

And to everyone who dropped off needed items last week—thank you! Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for THIS week . . .

  • Cough Drops
  • Blankets
  • Adult pull ups for men size medium
  • Travel Size Toothpaste
  • Men’s jeans size 26 through 36

Drop off your donations at Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. Thank you for sticking together so that we all get what we need.

Weekly News -11/2/18

November 16, 2018

As reported on KVMR, on 11/2/18

Hospitality House is the only emergency homeless shelter in Nevada County, with 69 beds for homeless men, women and children.

Now, there’s a special story that I want to share with you all today…It’s an incredible success story of three women, that are all in their 50s.  They have been living at the shelter for about a year, and now they are all going to be co-housing together!  They all come from different walks of life but are now in the same journey of getting back on their feet. Next week, these three ladies are moving in together in their own home!  Janella, Housing Case Manager for Hospitality House has closely been working with these ladies in finding them a safe and stable home to live in. A Case Manager will come to follow up with these ladies individually, and for the course of six months or as needed to make sure there housing situation is sustainable for them.  It’s really exciting to see how these ladies have come together to learn how to budget, how to pay their bills and even how to work together to furnish/decorate their home. Thanks to Wayne Worden from Re-Start Ministries who is ongoingly helping and providing people with donated furniture, for those that don’t have the resources to purchase their own. 

A big thank you to the volunteer dinner groups, who made dinner for 80 guest every night last week:  Telestream, St. Patrick’s Church, Beverly’s Bible, Simple Truth, Crossroads Church, and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.  

Looking to volunteer in our Community? We are currently looking for volunteers for Bread & Roses Thrift Store, who can help in Donation Receiving on Thursdays and Saturday from 10am to 2pm or from 2pm to 5pm.  Please contact Frank@hhshelter.org or call 530-615-0805.

Save the date or buy your tickets! The 13th Night of Giving is coming up on Saturday December 22 – Mikail Graham will present a full moon musical celebration featuring 45 of Nevada County’s Favorite performers. The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will include two music stages, silent auction and dinner! Suggested donation is $20, and no one will be turned away.  Buy your tickets now! Through our website hhshelter.com or through our Facebook page @hhshelter. Tickets sold through BriarPatch Food Co-op and Bread & Roses Thrift will be available starting next week.  For sponsorship opportunities or information please call 530-615-0852.  Save the date!  Saturday, December 22.

And too everyone who dropped off needed items for the shelter last week—a thank you! Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for THIS week . . .

  • Soft granola bars
  • Coffee
  • Men’s jeans sizes 32,34,36,38
  • Men’s T-shirts small – thru -X-L
  • Sweatpants s, m, and L
  • Cough drops

Drop off your donations at Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. Thank you for sticking together so that we all get what we need.

 

Nancy Baglietto Talks Expansion Efforts at Hospitality House

November 15, 2018

On Thursday, Nov. 15, Hospitality House’s very own Nancy Baglietto, MSW Executive Director/CEO, was on the air with KVMR host Charlotte Peterson sharing Hospitality House’s new services, such as recuperative care.

If you missed the interview, listen below beginning at 8 minutes.

Weekly News- 10/26/18

October 26, 2018

As reported on KVMR, on 10/26/18   

Hospitality House Guests took the lead in cleaning some Grass Valley homeless camps and adjacent rural areas last Thursday.  Working with the Grass Valley Police Department and Waste Management, 16 volunteers cleaned 5 locations using 4 trucks to fill a 30-yard dumpster. I just love how everyone does their part in this community to make Nevada County a great place to live!

Now, there’s special story that I want to share with you all today…It’s an incredible success story of a gentleman that I will call… “Joe”.  Joe is 79 years old and is presenting with the early stages of dementia.  He has been sheltering with Hospitality House for several months. 

Joe has been having a challenging time finding a stable home due to his memory loss issues. 

Through meetings with his Doctors and a Neurologist, Joe was able to medically get diagnosed with “early dementia”, which allows him to prepare for his long-term care needs.  He is not yet, at the level of needing a Skilled Nursing Facility for full dementia care.  The wonderful news is that, last Friday we were able to get him into an intermediate housing placement; in a setting with five other residents.  His new home is a wonderful, quiet, and a low stress environment, which will help him to adjust back into some daily routines. This will give him a good sense of safety and increased independent living.   His new housemates have already proven to be very, very helpful with Joe.  This house is in a great location in town, which allows Joe to walk to where he needs to go, ….so he doesn’t really need a car.  We will of course, continue to offer him wrap-around case management services for as long as he may need.

A big thank you to the all the volunteer dinner groups who made dinner for 80 hungry folks every night this past week:  Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Mary’s School, Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, Twin Cities, Trinity Episcopal Church, Barbara’s team, The Choppers, and… the Abundant Life Church.

We also want to extend a big Thank you to Chip Arenchild from Inter-West Insurance Services and to Chapa-De Indian Health Clinic, who signed up to sponsor our Night of Giving event, coming up on Saturday, December 22—So, mark your calendars now!

A big shout out to everyone who dropped off needed donation items last week—thank you!   Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for THIS week . . .

Volunteer needed:

  • We are in search of a Nutrition Program Volunteer.

We would like to start a nutrition awareness program at the Shelter.           If you have that expertise and would like to volunteer, please call…… Frank at 530-615-0805.

Items needed for our shelter guests:

  • single toothbrushes (new please)
  • alcohol free travel size mouthwash
  • travel size toothpaste
  • Men’s jeans 32, 34,36,38 ……
  • Men’s boxers’ sizes S, M, and L
  • Women’s under-britches sizes 4,5,6,7
  • sweatpants men’s and ladies all sizes
  • white cotton socks
  • Winter Boots Ladies sizes 8 – 11
  • thermal underwear men’s and ladies’ sizes S.M.L and XL
  • earplugs
  • hairbrushes
  • winter gloves, hats, scarves
  • Winter coats Men’s and Women’s sizes M, L, XL and 2XL
  • ladies Depends size small and medium
  • Deodorant
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • tampons
  • Winter vegetable starts like: broccoli, cabbage, carrots, etc. for our Winter garden

 

You can drop off your donations at:  

Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin,

Up past the DMV, at:  1262 Sutton Way.

 

Thank you all, for sticking together, so that…. we all get what we need.

Weekly News- 10/19/18

October 24, 2018

As reported on KVMR, on 10/19/18

Speaking of people staying at the shelter, yesterday Hospitality House guests took the lead in cleaning Grass Valley camps and rural areas. Working with the Grass Valley Police Department and Waste Management, 16 volunteers cleaned 5 locations using 4 trucks to fill a 30-yard dumpster. I love how everyone does their part in this community to make Nevada County a great place to live.

One of those people just doing “her part” is Susan.  Susan is one of our volunteers at our thrift store, Bread & Roses.  After 40 plus years as an R.N., Susan retired and found herself living on a ranch and came to discover that she really missed helping others, caring for others and, quite frankly, that human connection. Susan started out working with guests at Utah’s Place; the shelter, which she loved. As she was telling me her story, her eyes lit up as she explained her surprise at the kindness and gratitude she received from the shelter guests.  After some volunteering at Utah’s Place, Susan found herself not wanting to volunteer at night anymore.

And then…she found a home volunteering at Bread & Roses.  She loves it, she told me.  “The staff and other volunteers there are all so fun and friendly” she says, “and always willing to help.”  Susan volunteers a few hours a week at Bread & Roses and is once again experiencing that fulfillment that working with and caring for others can provide. We need help at Bread & Roses Thrift! We also need a group or family to buy vegetable starts and plant the vegetable boxes in front of the shelter—next week, while it is still warm! Call 615-0805 to set it up.

A big thank you to the volunteer dinner groups who made dinner for 80 every night last week: Alta Sierra Church of Latter Day Saints, Twin Cities, Trinity Episcopal, Barbara’s team, The Choppers, Abundant Life Church and the shelter’s culinary students menu served up by the Nevada City Chamber Board. We also want to thank Chip Arenchild from InterWest Insurance Services and Chapa-De Indian Health who signed up to sponsor Night of Giving coming up on December 22—mark your calendars now!

And too everyone who dropped off needed items last week—thank you! Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for THIS week . . .

  • Men’s pants sizes 32-36
  • Men’s boxers
  • Sweatpants all sizes
  • Ladies under-britches size small and medium
  • Ladies pants sizes 5-10
  • Ladies winter jackets
  • Socks
  • Winter Boots
  • Nail clippers
  • Shave cream
  • Adult pull ups – ladies
  • Large Shampoo
  • Large Conditioner
  • Travel size alcohol-free mouthwash

Drop off your donations at Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. Thank you for sticking together so that we all get what we need.

Weekly News -9/28/18

September 28, 2018

As reported on KVMR, on 9/28/18

Today I wanted to tell you about a couple in their sixties, I’ll call them Norma and John, who have lived outside in Nevada County for years until their health started to give out. Joe Naake, our outreach case manager, got them into the shelter to get stable and a generous community member is donating a mobile home for them. We are collaborating with another nonprofit for the mobile home space, even while helping Norma sort through some health issues. We’ll keep you posted on their progress!

A big thank you to the volunteer dinner groups who shopped and chopped this week for the shelter guests: Telestream, St. Patrick’s, Mountain Stream Meditation, Peace Lutheran Church, 7th Day Adventist Church, Wolf Creek Cohousing and the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce board serving with our culinary students.

The dinner teams will be serving even more meals next week as the shelter opens for 15 downstairs beds, for a total of almost 70 beds, starting this Monday, October 1. We turn away people who are not from Nevada County (22 so far this year), so that your support helps people from Nevada County. Our process for determining whether someone is from Nevada County goes like this:

  1. They must either show an ID or Driver’s License with a local address OR..
  2. Show mail they have been receiving at a local address 
  3. If they do not have either of the above documentation, we will call GVPD for clearance and they will inform us where the individual is from, and if they qualify for residency.

The goal at Hospitality House is to reduce homelessness in the county where we all live and work.

To that end, we want to thank all of you who dropped off needed items last week. Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for THIS week . . .

  • Lip Balm
  • Ladies under britches sizes 5 – 9
  • Ladies PJ’s size small and medium
  • White Cotton Socks
  • Men’s boxers size medium
  • Ladies deodorant
  • Nail Polish
  • Disposable razors
  • Sturdy Backpacks
  • Good vacuum for the shelter

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

And here is one other way you can help, if you are involved in a group—book club, exercise class, service group—consider doing a Clothing and Housewares Drive to help support the shelter. Here is how it works: Pick up a customizable “Clothing Drive” flyer at Bread & Roses Thrift or at hhshelter.org, invite your friends or group to bring you items by a certain date, then you drop them off at Bread & Roses Thrift. We will sort the clothing items needed by the shelter and the rest of the items will be sold to help our homeless neighbors. Or if you are throwing a party, ask people to bring a bag of gently used items instead of a hostess gift. Stop by Bread & Roses Thrift (right next to Sierra Cinemas) to pick up a Clothing Drive flyer.

Weekly News – 9/21/18

September 25, 2018

As reported on KVMR, on 8/21/18

We have a large County, and we often get stuck in the thinking that because we have an impacted homeless situation in Grass Valley and Nevada City, that we tend to forget that we also have other communities.  North San Juan and Truckee are communities that are often neglected but they are also part of Nevada County.  In an effort to improve this situation we have been making more connections with other outreach individuals and organizations that are helping the homeless population in the Eastern side of Nevada County.  Because we are the only homeless Shelter in Nevada County, it has been really good to make more ties with other organizations from Truckee, especially because they experience harsher winters up there.  In the course of three months, we had three clients that have been referred to Hospitality House from organizations such as, Project MANA (which mission is to reduce the incidence of hunger in that area) and Family Resource Center of Truckee.      

In an effort to reduce fire danger, guests of Hospitality House will spend the morning cleaning up homeless encampments on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Volunteers, the Grass Valley Police Department and Hospitality House staff will join in to supply tools, training and assistance.

Volunteers with pickup trucks or trailers are needed to transport trash to the dumpster, to move bags to the pickup area and to bag up items. Meet at 9 a.m. at Utah’s Place, 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. Gloves, trash bags, shovels and pickers will be provided. The cleanup event will end at 1 p.m. after lunch, prepared for all participants by the Hospitality House culinary students.  Contact Frank Gates at 615-0805 or email Frank@hhshelter.org to sign up.

Thank you to volunteer dinner groups who cooked up a storm of fresh garden produce this week for the shelter guests: Universal Unitarians, Unity in the Gold Country, Barbara A’s Team, Telestream, The Home Team, Abundant Life, Resistance Catering and The Choppers.

We 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 . . .

Jackets ladies size small, med, large 

 Men’s Jackets med, Large, x-large and 2 x

blankets

small ladies pants 1-4

Ladies new under britches sizes 4 -8

ladies PJ’s S M 

winter boots ladies 8 – 11

 men’s winter boots 7 – 14

and 1 very sturdy hairbrush and any product that will loosen or free ” dreadlocked hair” 

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

 

 

 

Weekly News – 9/14/18

September 18, 2018

Pam, one of our volunteers at Hospitality House, is this great lady who gives her time and talent both leading a meal team at Utah’s Place and helping at Bread and Roses, our thrift store.

She was inspired to volunteer at Hospitality House because her son was homeless for a while and Hospitality House was there to help him back on his feet.  Pam says “the good people there” -at hospitality house- “housed him and fed him.”  She said “if I can give back for that, and feed some one else’s family, that’s great.” Pam knows some of the folks she has fed at Utah‘s Place have struggled with substance abuse issues in the past. Pam tells us if she can help some one stay clean and sober another day,”… again, she says, “that’s great.” Pam is right. If we begin to see our sons, our daughters, our mothers, and fathers in the eyes of a homeless stranger, and if that spark of familiarity, connectedness, and humanity can move us to action, like it has with Pam, indeed that is truly great.

A big thank you to Pam and the other volunteer dinner groups who wisely shopped, stirred and baked this week for the shelter guests: Twin Cities, Trinity Episcopal Church, Veritas Church, Kitchen Kutups, Grass Valley Charter School and Team Alliance.

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

– backpacks

– socks

– sweat shirts

– small art canvases 12×12 or smaller for our art therapy class

– mens pajamas

– blankets

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

 With the nights cooling down, Bread & Roses Thrift has a great selection of lightweight sweaters and jackets. And if you have crazy hats or old costumes, drop them off at Bread & Roses Thrift to help us build our Halloween costume collection. As the volunteer manager, I have to put a plug in . . . we need volunteers on Mondays 12-4. The store is solely run by our volunteers on Mondays and the store is an important source of funding for the shelter. Call me to find out more at 615-0805 or just stop by Bread & Roses Thrift (right next to Sierra Cinemas) to help out.

Weekly News – 9/07/18

September 7, 2018

Some of you were able to join us at The Amazing Utah Phillips Memorial Labor Day Matinee Revue last Monday. All the performers standing in solidarity at the end with raised hands brought me to tears. It’s one of the things I love about Nevada County and KVMR—we are a community and a people with a shared value system. So a big thank you to Mikail Graham and Peter Wilson, KVMR, Nevada Theater, Rich Mead for sound and all the performers including John McCutcheon, Sid Dakota, Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald, Mark Ross, Bodie Wagner, Homer Wills, Rebel Voices and Brendan Phillips and the volunteers who helped out!

Now I wanted to give you a snapshot of my work as a case manager at the shelter. I have been working with a woman, I’ll call her Jane,  while she has been staying at the shelter for the last month and a half. She grew up here in Grass Valley, raised her family here but has struggled with substance use disorder and homelessness as a result. When a client arrives at the shelter, they are assigned to one of the three case managers. I meet the client where they spend their time during the day. We work to develop a client plan which includes four pillars: housing, employment/finance, health (physical and mental) and other (transportation).  I have been helping Jane sort through the obstacles to meeting her goals and identifying an action plan. She has been very consistent in working to set her goals, set a budget and then following through. She got a job working full-time right here in the Brunswick Basin, so she has a steady source of income. I referred her to Janella, our housing case manager, who helped identify a rental and she signed an agreement a week later. She moved in this week and Janella will follow up to make sure she has the support she needs to be successful.

Thank you to volunteer dinner groups who cooked up a storm of fresh garden produce this week for the shelter guests: Universal Unitarians, Nevada City United Methodist, Quaker Friends, St. Patrick’s Church, Sierra Presbyterian, Jazzercise, Cannabis Alliance and the Alta Sierra Latter Day Saints.

We 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 . . .

– backpacks

– ladies underwear size 4-7

– non hospital socks

– arch supports for tennis shoes or work boots

– sweat shirts

– small art canvases 12×12 or smaller

– art stencils

– new nail clippers

– brand name deodorant

– mens pajamas

– blankets

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

Town Hall Meeting – Extending Services 2018

August 16, 2018

Ground-breaking news – Executive Director Nancy Baglietto announced new expanded street outreach programs, year-round 69 beds, and recuperative care programs at the Town Hall Meeting held on August 13th.

Watch the video coverage of the meeting here.

Purchase tickets here.

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