Weekly News: Hope for Housing

March 22, 2019

As reported on KVRM, March 22:

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

I’m Fred Skeen and as a case manager at Hospitality House, I help guests in several ways, and one guest I’d like to tell you about is a gentleman I’ll call Bill. Shortly after losing his wife, Bill was attacked in a local park, where he sustained a serious brain injury that contributed to his homelessness. It was a terrible month for Bill and we welcomed him into our shelter with open arms. One month ago, things were looking up for Bill. We were working with a great landlord in the area, and Bill was getting ready to move into his new home. However, the weekend before he was scheduled to move, Bill almost died. He was rushed to the ER with life threatening complications and the situation was touch and go for a while…  

I’m happy to tell you, Bill pulled through and is doing even better today. He’s been recuperating in our shelter the last few weeks, getting stronger by the day, and now, he’s getting ready to move into his new home again!

We are beyond excited for Bill and if anyone listening right now has a room opening that might work for other guests in our shelter, give me a call directly at 530-559-5411. When a landlord agrees to rent out their home or room to a shelter guest, it’s a partnership we honor with full collaboration. We stay connected to the guest and the landlord at all times to ensure it’s a happy relationship for all involved long term.  

If anyone listening right now would like to get more involved with us, we encourage you to do so by volunteering, making a financial gift at hhshelter.org, or joining us tomorrow for Empty Bowl at Peace Lutheran Church. Empty Bowl is a wonderful benefit for our shelter made possible by generous artists who donate handcrafted bowls and local chefs who fill those bowls with hearty soup. All attendees will also have a chance to hear personally from guests they’re helping at the shelter. A big thank you to Telestream, Peters’ Drilling Pump Service and Ace Propane for their loyal sponsorships every year to help make this event possible. Tickets for lunch are sold out, so if you’d like to go, buy your dinner tickets asap at hhshelter.org, at BriarPatch Co-Op, or at our thrift store, Bread & Roses Thrift & More. 

As we head into a fun-filled weekend full of beautiful bowls and soup, I’d also like to take a moment to thank the many organizations who came and fed our hungry guests soup and more this week: Telestream, St. Patrick’s Church, John Bilheimer’s Group, Peace Lutheran Church, the Home Team, Seventh Day Adventists, and Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains. From all of us at Hospitality House, we thank you!

To everyone who dropped off needed items last week—we thank you as well! Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for this week…

  • Shaving cream
  • Hairbrushes
  • Women’s under britches, sizes 4-7
  • Women’s pants, sizes 5-10
  • Women’s sneakers, sizes 7,8,9,10
  • Men’s boxers, sizes M & L
  • Men’s and women’s pajamas – all sizes
  • Warm blankets
  • Men’s long sleeve sheets, sizes L, XL and 2XL

Please drop off these urgent items to Utah’s Place, located in the Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. For all other donations that may benefit a homeless guest or the shelter in general, please take them to the backdoor of Bread & Roses, our thrift shop, located at 840 E Main Street, directly next door to Sierra Cinemas. Guests at our shelter are given shopping vouchers for the store to buy what they need, so your donation directly helps them. All other items are sold with 100% of the sales supporting the shelter’s operations. Thank you for sticking together so that we all get what we need.

Early Results from New Recuperative Care Dormitory at Hospitality House Predict Long-Term Success

March 21, 2019

In partnership with County of Nevada and Dignity Health Sierra Memorial Hospital, Hospitality House opened a new recuperative care dormitory in October 2018. In just a few months’ time, success from the new dormitory is already evident.

“Even in these early stages, we’re seeing the program’s success,” explained Isaias Acosta, Program Manager at Hospitality House. “Of the 23 people who have utilized recuperative care thus far, the average stay was only 10 days. This is a big deal. Guests at the shelter are able to recover completely from their injuries in one safe location, decreasing their need for hospital treatment or extended care and recovery.”

The recuperative care dormitory is designed exclusively to welcome homeless patients released from Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital to Hospitality House where they can continue to rest and recuperate from their ailments and injuries, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the shelter. The dormitory can serve up to four guests at a time.

“Dignity Health recognizes the need for medical respite for those experiencing homelessness in the communities we serve,” said Brian Evans, president, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. “We are thrilled about the program’s success to date and so thankful for our partnership with the County of Nevada and Hospitality House.”

In addition to resting at the shelter, in-house physical therapy has also been provided to guests in recuperative care as needed through the hospital, reducing the number of repeat hospital visits. Previously, all guests, except for caregivers at Hospitality House, were required to leave the shelter each day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., which can be challenging for someone recovering from a serious injury, often walking on said injury.

Recuperative care data for patients served from Oct. 1, 2018 to March 7, 2019 shows signs of long-term success:

Number of people served: 23 (two of which were veterans):

  • 15 men
  • 8 women

Ages of people served:

  • 25-34 – 1
  • 35-44 – 3
  • 55-61 – 8
  • 62+ – 11

Medical condition treated (individuals can be treated for more than one; 17 of the 23 have three or more conditions):  

  • Mental health – 11
  • Alcohol – 4
  • Drugs – 4
  • Both alcohol and drug abuse – 11
  • Chronic health condition – 16
  • Developmental disability – 5
  • Physical disability – 17

Length of stay for recovery (the average length of stay was 10 days):

  • 30 days or less – 20
  • 31 – 60 days – 3

Exit destinations:

  • Moved into high barrier dormitory/sober living – 12
  • Went to live with friends – 2
  • Returned to the street – 4
  • Went into SUD treatment – 1
  • Returned to the hospital – 3
  • Went to a hotel – 1

It is important to note, of the 23 who utilized the program thus far, the majority (52%) have graduated from recuperative care to the high barrier dormitory at Hospitality House, also known as the sober living dormitory. All of these guests are now candidates to move into housing.

 “We are excited to see the initial positive impacts the recuperative care program is creating,” said Mike Dent, Director of Housing and Child Support Services. “The Board of Supervisors priority on homelessness is focused around community partnerships to create an expanded system of coordinated care and supportive services. This program helps mitigate the impacts of homelessness on the community by providing purposeful care to our homeless residents, reducing their need for frequent ER visits and improving outcomes by providing a place to recover from their medical treatment. We are very grateful to have community partners like Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Hospitality House to help us make meaningful progress on these hard community issues.”

To learn more about the recuperative care dormitory, please contact Program Manager Isaias Acosta at 530-615-6679.

 

Weekly News: Frank Gates Encourages YOU to Host a Donation Drive

March 15, 2019

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

I’m Frank Gates and I’m the volunteer manager at Hospitality House, working daily with amazing community members who give their time to help those in need. Right now, I’m hoping to make new friends with people in the community who might be able to organize a donation drive for our homeless shelter and thrift store, Bread & Roses. Drives can take place at your business, church or just with friends, but our shelter guests and thrift store need your help year-round. Clothing, small furniture, kitchen gadgets all help us greatly. We can even help with pick up as needed. If anyone listening has an interest in hosting a donation drive to benefit our homeless community, please call me directly at 530-615-0805 or by email at frank@hhshelter.org.  

Additionally, be sure to shop at Bread & Roses this Saturday, March 13 to enjoy 30% off your entire purchase. We’re opening our doors early at 10am for all your shopping needs! And grab your Empty Bowl tickets while you’re there too!

It’s hard to believe, but Empty Bowl will be here in just two short weeks and is pacing to sell out. Tickets are on sale at hhshelter.org, at Bread & Roses, and at BriarPatch Food Co-Op. If you’d like to volunteer or donate a handmade bowl for the event, please contact our Empty Bowl team at 530-615-0852. Thank you—KVMR—for your sponsorship and Dignity Health – Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital as well for helping to make our event possible.

We are grateful for every volunteer who helps us and I want to take a moment to thank everyone who helped cook and provide meals last week: Twin Cities Church, Unity in the Gold Country, Seasoned with Love, Choppers, the Home Team, Abundant Life and Wolf Creek Lodge Cohousing Association—thank you all! And to everyone who dropped off needed items last week—thank you as well! Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for this week…

  • Men’s and women’s disposable under-britches, sizes M and L
  • Disposable paper under pads
  • Q-tips
  • Hairbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Rain Gear (the need is dire)
  • Warm gloves
  • Hand warmers
  • Tampons, size super
  • Warm blankets
  • Lastly, we have a very special request for a guest that has sheltered on and off with us for many years. He is a vet with PTSD (which impacts his ability to stay here since it’s hard for him to be around a lot of noise and in a small space). He has a Suburban with two broken windows, which he currently lives in. With the cold weather, we’d love if he could roll his windows up for added warmth. If anyone listening right now might want to help this veteran in need, please call Fred Skeen on our team at 559-5411. Thank you!

Please drop off urgent items to Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. For all other donations that may benefit a homeless guest or the shelter in general, please take them to the backdoor of Bread & Roses, our thrift shop, located at 840 E Main Street, directly next door to Sierra Cinemas. Guests at our shelter are given shopping vouchers for the store to buy what they need, so your donation directly helps them. All other items are sold with 100% of the sales supporting the shelter’s operations. Thank you for sticking together so that we all get what we need.

Bread & Roses Thrift and More Expands “Thankful Tuesday” to Law Enforcement

March 14, 2019

All law enforcement personnel, including firefighters, are invited to shop at Bread & Roses Thrift & More every Tuesday to enjoy 10 percent off their entire purchase. All proceeds benefit Hospitality House, the only emergency homeless shelter in Nevada County.

“We introduced Thankful Tuesday last month as a way to give thanks to our servicemen and women, veterans, and seniors once a week with store discounts,” explained store manager Miranda Stuart. “But we want to do more. Our police force and firefighters put themselves on the line every day for us too, so we’d like to do this for them.”

Every Tuesday, law enforcement, firefighters, veterans, active military men and women, and seniors ages 55 and older can all enjoy 10 percent off their entire purchase. Discounts require proper identification and are not valid toward already marked-down merchandise.

As an added bonus to everyone who supports Hospitality House, this Saturday, March 16 only, Bread & Roses is opening its doors early at 10 a.m. to treat the entire community to 30 percent off their purchase. This discount is valid all day until 6 p.m.

Bread & Roses Thrift and More is located at 840 E Main Street, directly next door to Sierra Cinemas. The store has new hours: Monday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. and Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (opening at 10 a.m. on March 16 only). The store is closed on Sundays. Donations to support the operations of Hospitality House can be made at the rear of the store, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Weekly News: Going Great Lengths to Help

March 8, 2019

As reported on KVMR, on 3/8/19

Good morning, my name is Nicole Lescher. I’m a Case Manager with Hospitality House, which is the only emergency homeless shelter in Nevada County, with 69 beds for homeless men, women and children.

I want to share a story with you all, one that has touched my heart. It’s a story of a woman that I will call… “Lucy”. Lucy was a runner, and worked as a Nurse. She had three children but one child sadly passed away at birth. Lucy is now 45-years old but things are very different now, she suffers from mental and physical illness, such as chronic PTSD, co-dependency, severe scoliosis and substance abuse. She was a victim of domestic violence, which caused her a traumatic brain injury, and short-term memory loss. She was homeless and had no family members or friends to look after her.

Lucy arrived at the shelter six month ago, and we immediately assisted her with food, shelter and connected her with wrap-around services in collaboration with organizations such as FREED, Behavioral Health Services, Community Beyond Violence, AMI Housing and Spirit House.

I’m very proud to say, that Lucy was housed just six days ago, through AMI Housing! This is an amazing organization which adopts the “Housing First” model approach, “Meeting people where they are”. This organization literally goes to the homeless camps, gets people in their car and drops them off to their new home. 
Lucy, now lives with four women in which all serve as support for eachother. It’s a wonderful house where I’m personally very familiar with, and happy that she is now in a safe place. Now that she is housed, I will continue to work with her, and I will personally take her to her appointments, and make sure that she gets her in-home wrap around services that she needs. Lucy is so sweet, and her case is challenging but it’s also one of the most rewarding cases that I have seen unfold.

Empty Bowl is around the corner! -an annual benefit for our shelter taking place on Saturday, March 23. Enjoy a simple meal of bread and soup with friends as we take a moment to appreciate what a bowl of soup truly means when you are hungry and without a home. You also get to choose your favorite soup and a unique ceramic or wooden hand-crafted bowl! A huge thank you to BriarPatch Co-op for their loyal sponsorship, they have donated 700 disposable bamboo spoons and 20 gallons of soup for Empty Bowl! Tickets can be purchased through our website at hhshelter.org, at BriarPatch Food Co-op, and at Bread & Roses Thrift and More.

This event is possible thanks to generous artists who donate handcrafted bowls and local chefs who fill those bowls with delicious soup. If you’re a local artist, we still need ceramic or wooden handmade bowls, and warmly welcome your involvement. Call our Empty Bowl team at 530-615-0852 if you can help.

A big thank you to the all the volunteer dinner groups who made dinner for 69 hungry folks every night this past week: Nevada City United Methodist Church, Saint Patrick’s Church, Sierra Pines United Methodist Church, Jazzercise, Baha’i Faith, Crossroads Church and Alta Sierra Latter Day Saints.

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 . . .

Items needed for our shelter guests:
• Men’s Winter boots size 9 – 12
• Ladies Winter Boots size 8 – 11
• Cough drops
• Cough syrup
• Tampons-super size 
• Belts
• Thick Blankets 
• Depends- medium size
• Chucks (disposable under pads)
• Men’s jeans 34/34
• Winter gloves

Drop off your donations at Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

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

Weekly News: Meeting People Where They Are

March 1, 2019

As reported on KVMR, March 1:

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

I’m Rob Barker and I’m a Community Liaison at Hospitality House. Part of my job involves walking through homeless camps and the streets where I offer those in need support, such as food, blankets, and transportation to medical appointments or the grocery store. I do this to build trust so we can hopefully get more people connected to services and into housing. 

After building trust with one man on the street over the last couple of months, he referred me to a young woman who he thought needed help. When I approached her, she was sitting on the street corner, visibly distraught. For the sake of this story, I’ll call her Samantha, and when Samantha told me her name, I recognized it immediately. You see, I work closely with our entire team and community partners to identify and help as many people as possible, so while I hadn’t personally met Samantha, I already knew she was homeless and struggling with addiction. Samantha shared with me that was distressed because she had prearranged a visit with her child at nearby location, but simply had no means to get there, so I called Susanne on our team, who drives our homeless access transportation van, made possible by United Way of Nevada County and County of Nevada.

In short, when Susanne arrived, Samantha’s face immediately lit up. Come to find out, Samantha already knew Susanne from years past, unrelated to her homelessness, and immediately felt comfortable and reassured to travel with us. She began crying happy tears and said my being there was an act of God. She thanked us profusely, and I’m happy to share that Samantha was able to visit with her child as a result.  

This story is our first step to help Samantha. Now that we have gained her trust, she’ll be more inclined to accept our help in the future, which we hope will eventually lead to her sobriety and housing.

People like you listening right now make what we do possible and if you’d like to support us further, we warmly invite you to make a gift to those in need by going hhshelter.org right now. Another way to help others like Samantha is shop at our thrift store, Bread & Roses. 100% of every sale goes toward our effort to get more people connected to housing and services. And tomorrow we are giving you 50% off our entire store! Yes, you heard that right—50% off tomorrow, March 2 from 12-6pm! No exclusions! Shop for a great deal and support our homeless community in the process.

Another great way to help our homeless community is to join us for Empty Bowl on March 23. This event is a wonderful benefit for our shelter made possible by generous artists who donate handcrafted bowls and local chefs who fill those bowls with hearty soup. Tickets are $25 and include soup, bread, a bowl of your choosing to keep, and most of all, a chance to personally hear from the very people you’re supporting. We want to give a big thank you to SPD Markets for their loyal sponsorship every year to help make this event possible. Tickets can be purchased on our website at hhshelter.org, at BriarPatch Co-Op, and at Bread & Roses. And if you’re a local artist, we still need handmade bowls, and warmly welcome your involvement. Call our Empty Bowl team at 530-615-0852 if you can help.

On the subject of soup and bowls, I’d like to acknowledge our cook groups. Long hours and love go into every meal prepared and we’d like to personally thank the groups who helped feed our 69 hungry friends this week: Telestream, St. Patrick’s Church, John Biheimer’s group, Peace Lutheran Church, the Home Team, Seventh-Day Adventist Church and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. From all of us at Hospitality House, we thank you!

To everyone who dropped off needed items last week—we thank you as well! Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for this week…

  • Men’s boxers, sizes M and L
  • Men’s Jeans, sizes 30/30, 32/34 and 34/34 – URGENT
  • Women’s pants, sizes 8 and 10
  • Men’s boots, sizes 9 – 12
  • Women’s boots, sizes 7- 10
  • Long Johns, sizes M, L and XL
  • Heavy large men’s coats
  • Rain Gear
  • Handwarmers
  • Gloves and blankets
  • Heavy sweaters

In an effort to streamline donations for those in need, we kindly ask that all donations now be dropped off at the backdoor of Bread & Roses, our thrift shop, located at 840 E Main Street, directly next door to Sierra Cinemas. Bread & Roses is equipped with a team of wonderful volunteers who sort every donation upon arrival—both for the store and for the shelter, including the shelter’s most urgent needs. When you arrive, simply tell the greeter where you’d like your donation allocated, but remember, a donation to Bread & Roses is also a donation in support of Hospitality House with every sale supporting those in need. And if we stick together, we’ll get what we need.

 

 

Weekly News: Always Staying Connected to Guests

February 22, 2019

As reported on KVRM, Feb. 21:

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

I’m Fred Skeen and I’m a case manager at Hospitality House, helping individuals in our shelter with their next steps to move from homelessness to housing. As a case manager, our relationships with guests don’t end after they’ve been housed. We stay involved in their lives for years following, regularly checking in with them and in many cases, their landlords. As an example, we helped house a woman I’ll call Marge approximately 4 years ago. Marge was someone you naturally wanted to see succeed and overcome the odds. She’s so sweet and everyone loves her, but she’s had quite the uphill battle. Years ago, she fell and split open her head, sustaining a serious brain injury that also became infected. This injury led to her becoming homeless, and on top of this, after recovering, she was hit by a car and almost died. She spent a year and half in a rehabilitation facility. Marge is truly someone who just needed a break and I was personally thrilled when we moved her into housing. 

Over the years, Marge has been doing good living on her own and we’ve also maintained regular communication with her landlord. However, this past fall, we learned that Marge’s health has been deteriorating to the point that her landlord reached out, very concerned, so we’ve been checking in with Marge more frequently. When we visited her last week, it became evident that Marge can’t be alone anymore. She is living with a brain injury and has signs of dementia, so at this point, for Margie’s safety, we invited her back into our shelter until we can find her a living environment more suitable for her needs.

In an ideal world, Marge would move into a shared living environment, such as a room rental, and as a senior citizen, she would do best living with those closer to her age who share her interests. If anyone listening right now has a room opening that might work for Marge, I hope you can give me a call directly at 530-559-5411. Landlords are our friends and when Marge moves, it can be on a trial basis to make sure it’s a good fit for all involved. I sincerely hope you can help Marge, but if you can’t, you can always help in other ways.

In one month, Empty Bowl is back on March 23! What’s Empty Bowl you ask? It’s a wonderful benefit for our shelter made possible by generous artists who donate handcrafted bowls and local chefs who fill those bowls with hearty soup. This event is a chance for the community to express its compassion for those struggling with homelessness. Tickets are $25 and include soup, bread, a bowl of your choosing to keep, and most of all, a chance to personally hear from the very people you’re supporting. We want to give a big thank you to the Nevada County Association of Realtors for their loyal sponsorship every year to help make this event possible. Tickets can be purchased on our website at hhshelter.org, at BriarPatch Co-Op, who is also one of our wonderful sponsors, and at our thrift store, Bread & Roses Thrift & More. 

If you’ve never been to Bread & Roses, I encourage you to stop by and shop today. 100% of every sale supports our shelter operations. And the store always has so many unique and interesting items, in addition to favorites, such as clothes, books, homewares, paintings and more. I was just there the other day and was amazed by the large children’s selection of clothes and games, so stop by today to shop or donate items you no longer need to support our operations.  

As we head into the weekend, I’d also like to take a moment to thank the many organizations who came and fed our hungry guests this week: Mount Saint Mary’s Academy, Unity in the Gold Country, Seasoned with Love, Choppers, the Home Team, Abundant Life Community Church, and Wolf Creek Lodge – Cohousing Association. From all of us at Hospitality House, we thank you!

To everyone who dropped off needed items last week—we thank you! Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for this week…

  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Chux for beds  
  • Adult pull ups, sizes small, medium and large

In an effort to streamline donations for those in need, we kindly ask that all donations now be dropped off at the backdoor of Bread & Roses, our thrift shop, located at 840 E Main Street, directly next door to Sierra Cinemas. Bread & Roses is equipped with a team of wonderful volunteers who sort every donation upon arrival—both for the store and for the shelter, including the shelter’s most urgent needs. When you arrive, simply tell the greeter where you’d like your donation allocated, but remember, a donation to Bread & Roses is also a donation in support of Hospitality House with every sale supporting those in need. And if we stick together, we’ll get what we need.

 

Frank Gates Raves About Volunteer Margaret Little

February 15, 2019

As reported on KVMR, on 2/15/19

I am Frank, Volunteer Manager with Hospitality House, which is the only emergency homeless shelter in Nevada County, with 69 beds for homeless men, women and children.

Today I want to share a story with you all, a story about an outstanding and committed volunteer with Hospitality House. Her name is Margaret Little, Margaret’s journey started back in 2004 with the planning of a compassionate shelter along with Utah Phillips’ wife Joanna Robinson and others in Nevada County.

After 15 years of committed volunteer work, Margaret is still with us and serving our homeless neighbors in Nevada County. She has served as a Board Member, and currently volunteers at Bread & Roses twice a week, helps at our fundraising events such as Night of Giving and Empty Bowl, every single year.

Margaret’s trajectory speaks for itself, she is committed to the mission of Hospitality House, to bring homeless people in Nevada County into a circle of community caring that offers shelter, sustenance, medical care, advocacy, opportunity, dignity, and hope as we assist them in transitioning from homelessness to housing. Thank you, Margaret, for being a pioneer of the only emergency shelter in Nevada County, for tirelessly giving back to your community, and for not leaving a homeless neighbor behind. You make this community a better place for all of us, thank you.

If you are inspired by Margaret’s story, and have the calling or desire to improve your community, you can join Hospitality House’s team of volunteers. We have many areas where you can help, while making new friends and give back to your community. If you are interested in volunteering, you can call Frank at 530-615-0805 or email Frank@hhshelter.org.

A big thank you to the all the volunteer dinner groups who made dinner for 69 hungry folks every night this past week: Twin Cities Church, Trinity Church – Episcopal: Historic Faith for Modern People, Betsy Abrams Group, Kitchen Kut-Ups, the Home Team, Repeat Offenders and Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Empty Bowl is coming up soon! -an annual benefit for our shelter taking place on Saturday, March 23. Enjoy a simple meal of bread and soup with friends as we take a moment to appreciate what a bowl of soup truly means when you are hungry and without a home. You also get to choose your favorite soup and a unique hand-crafted bowl! You can purchase your ticket at Bread & Roses Thrift and More and at BriarPatch Food Co-op or online through hhshelter.org. A big thank you to Northern California Mortgage for helping make this event possible!

And to everyone who dropped off needed items last week – thank you as well! Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for this week…

• Men’s Jeans sizes 30/30,32/32, 34/34,36/34
• Men’s T-shirts sizes L, XL, 2X
• Men’s Sweaters size L, XL, 2X
• Boxers size M, L
• Long Johns sizes M, L, XL
• Ladies Jeans sizes 6 and 10
• Ladies Sweaters sizes L and XL
• Desperate for Winter shoes /boots Men’s 9-11, Women’s 8-11
• Blankets

In an effort to streamline donations for those in need, we kindly ask that all donations now be dropped off at the backdoor of Bread & Roses, our thrift shop, located at 840 E Main Street, Grass Valley, next door to Sierra Cinemas. Bread & Roses is equipped with a team of wonderful volunteers who sort every donation upon arrival—both for the store and for the shelter, including the shelter’s most urgent needs. When you arrive, simply tell the greeter where you’d like your donation allocated, but remember, a donation to Bread & Roses is also a donation in support of Hospitality House with every sale supporting those in need. If we all stick together, we’ll get what we need. Thank you!

Bread & Roses Thrift and More Honoring Military and Seniors with Discounts

February 13, 2019

Bread & Roses Thrift and More is now proudly giving a 10 percent discount every Tuesday to servicemen and servicewoman, including veterans, effective immediately. This discount is also extended to senior citizens ages 55 and older every Tuesday as well. Discounts require proper identification and are not valid toward already marked-down merchandise.

“We’re delighted to honor the Armed Forces with discounts at the store,” said store manager Miranda Stuart. “Seniors also largely support our store, and our store is only in the business to support Utah’s Place, so we are greatly appreciative to them as well.”

Utah’s Place is Hospitality House’s emergency homeless shelter, providing a warm bed, food, clothes, and housing case management and assistance to up to 69 homeless individuals on any given day. 100 percent of all sales from Bread & Roses directly support those in need and generous donations to the store make that possible.

Previously, donations were accepted at both Utah’s Place and Bread & Roses, but in an effort streamline donations for those in need, Hospitality House kindly asks that all donations now be dropped off at the backdoor of Bread & Roses, located at 840 E Main Street, directly next door to Sierra Cinemas, every Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Bread & Roses is equipped with a team of wonderful volunteers who sort every donation upon arrival—both for the store and for the shelter, including the shelter’s most urgent needs. When arriving, simply tell the greeter where to allocate your donation, but remember, a donation to Bread & Roses is also a donation in support of Hospitality House.

“When someone donates an item that isn’t readily needed for shelter guests, it goes for sale at Bread & Roses to support the shelter’s operations,” explained Stuart. “Guests at the shelter are also regularly invited to shop at Bread & Roses as well. We give them free clothing vouchers to buy anything they may need, such as business attire for a job interview. People who donate to our store and shop to support our store make this possible.”

As a thank you to those who shop at Bread & Roses, everyone will be treated to 30 percent off their entire purchase for one day only this Saturday, Feb. 16 from 12 – 6 p.m.—no exclusions. Following, 10 percent off will remain in effect every Tuesday for military personnel and seniors.

Weekly News: Nicole Lescher on Addiction and Recovery

February 8, 2019

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

My name is Nicole Lescher and I’m a case manager at Hospitality House. I work one-on-one with individuals struggling with homelessness. Part of my job involves understanding individual struggles, such as job loss or addiction, and helping each individual connect to local resources they might not be aware of—all in our effort to provide a pathway to housing.

Every path is different, but one path I’d like to share with you is that of a woman I’ll call Pam. Pam is local and has struggled with substance abuse for 30 years—specifically an opioid addiction. And I mention this because if you’re unfamiliar with opioids, it’s a legal, prescription drug, but it’s also a highly addictive drug. The United States is currently in an opioid overdose epidemic with an average of 130 people dying every day, according to the National Opioids Crisis. Pam was originally prescribed this drug for pain and has struggled with addiction ever since. 

It led to her becoming homeless; it led to losing her family; and it also led to stealing, which ended up being revolutionary in her journey to recovery. In going to jail, Pam became sober, which is a feat itself, but once she was released, she was still homeless and asked for our help to get back on track. So we made a deal with Pam: continue outpatient treatment for addiction and we’ll help you in any way we can—job referrals, extensive housing research, case management, anything we could do to support Pam.

We’ll, I’m happy to tell you today as it stands, Pam is 5 months sober! And she made amends with her family—so much so, that this past January she moved in with them as a paying renter. In addition to this, she now has a full-time job! Her whole attitude has changed since she’s been clean and sober. She has truly take back her life and has said more than once, jail and Hospitality House saved her life.

I get chills when I think about Pam’s success because it’s just so wonderful, but her success is a community effort. Many caring donors, volunteers and business partners help further our mission and we’re always looking for more to join force. To learn about volunteer opportunities or to support Hospitality House with a financial gift, visit hhshelter.org to get started.

And while you’re there, tab over to Bread & Roses Thrift & More. Every sale at Bread & Roses supports the shelter 100%—and now, patrons can save even more on their purchases. Every Tuesday, Bread & Roses will honor its military servicemen and servicewoman, including veterans, with a 10% discount. Additionally, all seniors age 55 and older can also benefit from 10% off their entire purchase on Tuesdays, too. Just show proper identification and get a deal while supporting a great cause.

And one more great cause I’ll briefly touch upon is Empty Bowl—an annual benefit for our shelter taking place on Saturday, March 23. Enjoy soup and break bread with friends as a we take a moment to appreciate what a bowl of soup truly means when you’re hungry and without a home. Full details and ticket information is available at hhshelter.org. Thank you to SPD Markets for helping make this event possible!

To everyone who volunteered to cook and provide meals last week, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We recently lost two cooking teams at the shelter, Veritas and Mountain Stream Meditation Center, and their warm smiles and willingness to help those in need will be greatly missed. It reminds of us how lucky our shelter is to have so many wonderful volunteer groups who cook tirelessly every day to support our 69 hungry friends. To the cook groups this week, we thank you:  Nevada City United Methodist Church and Quaker friends; St. Patrick’s Church; Sierra Presbyterian Church; Jazzercise; the Home Team; Crossroads Church; and Alta Sierra Latter Day Saints. And to everyone who dropped off needed items last week—thank you as well! Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for this week…

  • Men’s jeans, sizes 30/30, 30/32, 34/30, 34/34, and 34/36
  • Men’s boxers, size Medium
  • Large and XL winter Jackets
  • Men’s & women’s winter gloves
  • Women’s pants, sizes 5 – 10
  • Men’s & women’s Winter Boots
  • Thick Blankets
  • Ladies pull up-style depends, size medium

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

My name is Nicole Lescher and I’m a case manager at Hospitality House. I work one-on-one with individuals struggling with homelessness. Part of my job involves understanding individual struggles, such as job loss or addiction, and helping each individual connect to local resources they might not be aware of—all in our effort to provide a pathway to housing.

Every path is different, but one path I’d like to share with you is that of a woman I’ll call Pam. Pam is local and has struggled with substance abuse for 30 years—specifically an opioid addiction. And I mention this because if you’re unfamiliar with opioids, it’s a legal, prescription drug, but it’s also a highly addictive drug. The United States is currently in an opioid overdose epidemic with an average of 130 people dying every day, according to the National Opioids Crisis. Pam was originally prescribed this drug for pain and has struggled with addiction ever since. 

It led to her becoming homeless; it led to losing her family; and it also led to stealing, which ended up being revolutionary in her journey to recovery. In going to jail, Pam became sober, which is a feat itself, but once she was released, she was still homeless and asked for our help to get back on track. So we made a deal with Pam: continue outpatient treatment for addiction and we’ll help you in any way we can—job referrals, extensive housing research, case management, anything we could do to support Pam.

We’ll, I’m happy to tell you today as it stands, Pam is 5 months sober! And she made amends with her family—so much so, that this past January she moved in with them as a paying renter. In addition to this, she now has a full-time job! Her whole attitude has changed since she’s been clean and sober. She has truly take back her life and has said more than once, jail and Hospitality House saved her life.

I get chills when I think about Pam’s success because it’s just so wonderful, but her success is a community effort. Many caring donors, volunteers and business partners help further our mission and we’re always looking for more to join force. To learn about volunteer opportunities or to support Hospitality House with a financial gift, visit hhshelter.org to get started.

And while you’re there, tab over to Bread & Roses Thrift & More. Every sale at Bread & Roses supports the shelter 100%—and now, patrons can save even more on their purchases. Every Tuesday, Bread & Roses will honor its military servicemen and servicewoman, including veterans, with a 10% discount. Additionally, all seniors age 55 and older can also benefit from 10% off their entire purchase on Tuesdays, too. Just show proper identification and get a deal while supporting a great cause.

To everyone who volunteered to cook and provide meals last week, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We recently lost two cooking teams at the shelter, Veritas and Mountain Stream Meditation Center, and their warm smiles and willingness to help those in need will be greatly missed. It reminds of us how lucky our shelter is to have so many wonderful volunteer groups who cook tirelessly every day to support our 69 hungry friends. To the cook groups this week, we thank you:  Nevada City United Methodist Church and Quaker friends; St. Patrick’s Church; Sierra Presbyterian Church; Jazzercise; the Home Team; Crossroads Church; and Alta Sierra Latter Day Saints. And to everyone who dropped off needed items last week—thank you as well! Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for this week…

  • Men’s jeans, sizes 30/30, 30/32, 34/30, 34/34, and 34/36
  • Men’s boxers, size Medium
  • Large and XL winter Jackets
  • Men’s & women’s winter gloves
  • Women’s pants, sizes 5 – 10
  • Men’s & women’s Winter Boots
  • Thick Blankets
  • Ladies pull up-style depends, size medium

In an effort to streamline donations for those in need, we kindly ask that all donations now be dropped off at the backdoor of Bread & Roses, our thrift shop, located at 840 E Main Street, directly next door to Sierra Cinemas. Bread & Roses is equipped with a team of wonderful volunteers who sort every donation upon arrival—both for the store and for the shelter, including the shelter’s most urgent needs. When you arrive, simply tell the greeter where you’d like your donation allocated, but remember, a donation to Bread & Roses is also a donation in support of Hospitality House with every sale supporting those in need. And if we stick together, we’ll get what we need.

In an effort to streamline donations for those in need, we kindly ask that all donations now be dropped off at the backdoor of Bread & Roses, our thrift shop, located at 840 E Main Street, directly next door to Sierra Cinemas. Bread & Roses is equipped with a team of wonderful volunteers who sort every donation upon arrival—both for the store and for the shelter, including the shelter’s most urgent needs. When you arrive, simply tell the greeter where you’d like your donation allocated, but remember, a donation to Bread & Roses is also a donation in support of Hospitality House with every sale supporting those in need. And if we stick together, we’ll get what we need.

 

 

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