Weekly News: Frank Gates Shares How to Get Involved and Support Bread & Roses

January 18, 2019

As reported on KVMR, Jan. 18:

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. People volunteer with Hospitality House in a variety of fashions and we’re always looking for new volunteers who can help further our mission and services.

Bread & Roses Thrift Store, as an example, is an area of great need. The store’s purpose is to support our homeless shelter, and donations from generous people make that possible. Right now the store is mostly volunteer-based and we are so grateful for that, but we could always use more help. And if you are listening and you don’t have much time to allocate for volunteering, donations to Bread & Roses are greatly appreciated as well. 

A lot of people don’t know this, but in some cases, we can even come to you for the donation. At times we’re contacted by someone who may want to donate a couch or another piece of large furniture, but they don’t have the means to get it to the store. Well, we can help. Picking up donations occurs on a case-by-case basis but I encourage anyone with questions about donations or large gifts to call Mike at the store: 530-205-9605. And if you want to learn more about volunteering, call me, Frank Gates, at 530-615-0805.

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, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Veritas Church, Choppers, the Home Team, Abundant Life Community Church and Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains—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 pajamas, sizes M, L and XL
    • Women’s winter boots, sizes 8 – 11
    • Men’s winter coats, size L and up
    • Men’s and women’s Long John’s, sizes M, L, and XL
    • Band-Aids
    • Shoe laces and boot laces
    • Tampons
    • And most importantly: thick blankets
    • Cough drops
    • 2 8×10 or smaller canvases for art class

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: Nicole Lescher Shares the Various Ways in Which Guests are Helped

January 11, 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 as a case manager at Hospitality House, I work with people who have varying backgrounds and stories, like one woman I’ll call Hannah. Hannah has a history of mental health and was doing good financially two years ago when she made the decision to buy a property. At the time, Hannah was living out of state and found what she thought was her dream property here locally. She purchased the property sight unseen, packed her bags and headed to California. Well, when she arrived, she expected to find a beautiful property with a home, but instead learned she had mistakenly purchased only land…land that didn’t even have a road to access the property…and land that is covered in snow three months of the year.

With no extra money to build a home, Hannah survived for a while in a trailer, struggling to make ends meet, and eventually found herself homeless. She turned to Hospitality House for help and for the last few months, one of my personal goals has been to help Hannah sell that property, because if she could sell the land, she could use that money to buy a real home. Part of our philosophy here at Hospitality House is to take people as far as we can, and we had to do it for Hannah—and more importantly, we wanted to do it.

It was very challenging and I worked with her and her realtor, but we did it! Hannah was able to sell the property for more than the purchase price AND was able to use that money to buy a home, moving in at Christmas!

I recently received an update from Hannah, and she gushed, “I’m staying indoors, warm and well-fed.” We love getting updates and I love doing everything in my power to help someone in need, but I do get asked at times, ‘How can I help?’ or ‘What can I do?’

I want everyone listening to know that there are several ways to support our shelter guests, but one way in particular is to support Bread & Roses Thrift and More, our local thrift shop, and you can do so by shopping in the store or donating to the store. Bread & Roses welcomes donations of all kinds, including gently-used clothes, kitchen items, jewelry, electronics, books—even small furniture. And the best part? 100% of the proceeds from the store directly support our homeless shelter. Our store team, which is largely volunteer-based, also sorts every donation upon arrival and items that are needed at the shelter, such as our evolving weekly list of needs, are sent over as well.

Volunteers largely make what we do possible and we appreciate all of them for giving wholeheartedly their time and love to help our shelter guests. To everyone who volunteered to cook and provide meals last week, we thank you as well: Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Nevada City United Methodist Church, St. Patricks Church, Sierra Pines United Methodist Church, Kitchen Kutups, Repeat Offenders, and the Alta Sierra Latter-Day Saints—thank you! 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 heavy winter coats, sizes L and XL 
Men’s boxers, sizes 36-38
Men’s and women’s long johns, sizes M, L and XL
Men’s and women’s pajamas, sizes M, L and XL
Men’s and women’s winter gloves
Women’s winter boots sizes 8 and up
Denture glue

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: How Hospitality House Works with Local Businesses

January 4, 2019

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, working to connect local homeless individuals in camps to needed services, such as transportation to medical appointments, giving them meals or needed supplies, but also just as important, I work with local businesses to build and maintain relationships.

How do you work with businesses?

A lot of people don’t know that we do this, but part of my job is work with businesses, such as Safeway, Flour Garden, CVS Pharmacy and more in the Brunswick Basin to ensure their businesses are operating without interruption. What I mean by this, for example, is if someone homeless is wandering in their parking lot, part of my job is to engage them and remind them we exist, and offer them services and drive them to where they need to be. I also check in every day with stores, like Steve, the manager of Safeway, to make sure everything is going smoothly.

We do this as part of our “good neighbor” policy because so many local businesses help further our mission by providing food and shelter. We’re also trying to do what we can to reduce law enforcement hours, so if we can help if a need or concern comes about, we want to do just that.

How did you get into doing this?

I get asked a lot, “Why do I do this?” and the answer is pretty simple for me. Before I joined Hospitality House, I worked for years as a drug and alcohol counselor, and there was one guy I met, a local here, who I’ll never forget. For the sake of this story, I’ll call him Jimmy, and Jimmy was homeless but he never considered himself homeless. In his own words, he was just “camping” and he “camped” for three years…But one day, he realized when people go camping, they always go back home and but he had no home to go to. It took three years for him to realize he was truly homeless and when that clicked, he wanted to change, and guess what? He did! He’s now housed but I’ve never forgotten Jimmy and that’s why I’m now working at Hospitality House—so I can do more and directly help those in need get back on track.

For anyone looking to help in other ways, a simple way to help us is to donate or shop at Bread & Roses, our local thrift store. 100% of proceeds from the store directly support our homeless shelter, and if you shop there tomorrow, this Saturday, you’ll be treated to 50% off the entire store as our thank you to you. Yes, you heard that right—50% off the entire store—no exclusions! Bread & Roses is open today and tomorrow, 12 to 6 p.m.

At Bread & Roses and at Utah’s Place, we’re always looking for help with volunteers too. For anyone who may have an interest in volunteering, details can be found on our website, hhshelter.org/volunteer.

Weekly Needs

To everyone who volunteered to cook and provide meals last week, we thank you—Calvary Church, St. Patrick’s Church, Beverly’s Bible Study, Jazzercise, Crossroads, and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital—thank you! 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 34 and 36
  • Men’s boxers, sizes S, M, L
  • Men’s and women’s long johns, all sizes
  • Travel size shampoo
  • Travel size conditioner
  • Travel size toothpaste
  • Alcohol free mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Denture glue

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: Ashley Quadros Shares Night of Giving Recap

December 28, 2018

As reported on KVMR, Dec. 28, 2018:

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

I’m Ashley Quadros and as the development manager for Hospitality House, I am privileged to work with the many wonderful donors and businesses in our community who want to help guests at our shelter. I also get to help spread our news and events, such as Night of Giving, which took place last weekend, which my team and approximately 150 volunteers helped put on, including you, Charlotte. Thank you, volunteers!

Night of Giving was an amazing night and benefit for those in need. Our community helped raise just over $70,000, which will provide 1,417 bed nights at the shelter, so that men, women and children can receive the services they need to get back on their feet!

One woman specifically who this helps is Shannon. Shannon was at Night of Giving, and I don’t know if you had a chance to hear her speak, Charlotte, but Shannon is an amazingly strong woman at our shelter and her story just speaks to me on so many levels because it’s so relatable and also a solemn reminder that homelessness can happen to anyone, and sometimes, like in Shannon’s case, it happens in an instant.  

Shannon had a job, a home and a family, but one tragic day changed all of that. Over the summer, Shannon was in a nearly fatal car accident. To avoid a head-on collision, she swerved her car off the road and hit a tree. It’s a miracle she survived the impact and the EMT who rescued her is someone she has known for 18 years (Shannon has lived here her entire life). While Shannon is lucky to be alive, the events that unfolded before her were devastating.

When Shannon gave her speech at Night of Giving, this is what she said, “When I was in ICU, my family didn’t come and visit me. My boyfriend came, as we lived together at the time and he had my daughter, but he came to introduce me to his new girlfriend and told me that I had to move out. As I lay in the hospital, I lost my job, house, truck and savings.”

I really hope those words are sinking in for anyone listening right now because they are heavy. That’s one hard turn of events, especially knowing that Shannon also sustained several internal injuries, including a severed liver and kidneys. She is now in our care, she’s doing better, and we’re working with Shannon every day to get her back on her feet.

As we approach the end of year, I want everyone to know it’s not too late to help someone like Shannon, or any of the 68 additional people currently in our care. We’d like to head into the New Year strong with the ability to do more, and if anyone listening can help us do that, I warmly invite you to visit our website, hhshelter.org, to make a tax-deductible gift today.

There are many ways to give, and if you can’t give financially, you can always give your time. Our thrift shop, Bread & Roses, is just one example of volunteer opportunities. We always need help with our store and sorting donations there or working the cash register. And don’t forget—Bread & Roses is also just a great place to shop and find those one-of-a-kind items! I’m always just so amazed each time I go in how different and diverse the selection is. There is something for every taste, so stop by today and check it out! For anyone who may have an interest in volunteering, details can be found on our website, hhshelter.org/volunteer.

To everyone who helped cook and provide meals last week, we thank you—Telestream, St. Patrick’s Church, Mountain Stream Meditation, Peace Lutheran, 7th Day Adventists and Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains—thank you! 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 t-shirts, size L (10)
  • Men’s 1XL shirts (5)
  • Men’s 2XL shirts (5)
  • Sweatpants, sizes M & L
  • Pajamas – all sizes, ladies and men’s
  • Toothpaste
  • Earplugs
  • Blankets
  • 1 pair of size 11 wide women’s shoes

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: Frank Gates Praises Volunteers

December 21, 2018

As reported on KVMR, Dec. 21, 2018:

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 with all the wonderful people in our community who donate their time to help further our mission. Night of Giving is actually the perfect example of how great our volunteers are. The band we just heard is donating their time tomorrow, along with everyone else working at the event. It’s incredible! If anyone listening that has an interest in learning more about volunteer opportunities, you can contact me directly at 530-615-0805.

As Christmas gets closer, it can be a little stressful to find that perfect gift. Well, I invite everyone listening who still has shopping to do to stop by our thrift shop, Bread & Roses. The store carries a variety of gift options, including scarfs, sweaters, games, books, kitchen needs, movies, and more. We have a little bit of everything so stop by today!

And if you’re looking for a gift idea that is truly unique, we are also selling beautiful printed ornaments, designed by Full Circle Press, and when you buy one of these ornaments for $50, you provide someone in need a night of shelter and all-inclusive services, such as three meals, clothes, case management and more. Ornaments can be purchased online at hhshelter.org, or at our new administrative office, located at 466 Brunswick Way.
To everyone who helped cook and provide meals last week, we thank you—Mt. St. Mary’s School, Unity in the Gold Country, Barbara’s A Team, Choppers, Nevada County, Abundant Life, and Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains—thank you! 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 32/30 – 7 pairs
Men’s X-Large, t-shirts – 10 shirts
Men’s boxers, 5 medium and 5 large
Men’s thermal underwear, sizes medium and large
Ladies under britches, sizes 4 – 7
Ladies boots, sizes 7 – 10
Ladies thermal underwear, sizes medium and large
Travel size alcohol-free mouthwash
Most importantly – we need 1 pair hiking boots size 10 1/2 wide for a vet who walks a lot!

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: We Don’t Just Dream—We Do

December 14, 2018

As reported on KVMR on Dec. 14: 

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. One person I’m currently working with that’d I like to share with you today is a lady I’ll call Leah. Leah is someone highly educated who in the past has worked with top executives in the Bay Area. She’s really someone who had it all and then in the blink of an eye, it was gone. You see, Leah was struggling with alcoholism and some of the choices she made influenced her livelihood. In the end, Leah hit rock bottom. She got a DUI, lost her car and became homeless, but there is a silver lining to all of this. She realized she needed help. She turned to our friends at CoRR—Community Recovery Resources—where she underwent treatment for her alcoholism. She successfully completed their program and moved to our shelter where I’m helping her with her next steps. I work with a lot of people and I can tell you with certainty, Leah is a dreamer. She has big ideas and she’s ready to take back control of her life and climb back up the ladder. This week Leah has been proactively applying for jobs, getting health insurance, and we’ve even discussed her future business goals, such as one day operating a bed and breakfast. On top of this and most importantly, Leah maintains her sobriety and this week we’re celebrating 3 months sober!  

As we get closer to Christmas, we’d like to remind our community that our thrift shop, Bread & Roses, is fully stocked with all your holiday shopping needs. If you’re buying gifts for any bookworms, you can get 10 BOOKS for 1 dollar…It’s the best deal around and it’s only available at Bread & Roses, open Monday – Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m.

I’d also like to take a moment to thank the many organizations who came and fed our hungry guests this week. We’ve had Twin Cities Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, Veritas Church who cooked for us twice, Grass Valley Charter, Tailan’s Group, and Alta Sierra Latter-Day Saints who cook tonight. From all of us at Hospitality House, we thank you!

When we think about feeding our guests, it’s a lot of work. We have 69 mouths to feed, three times a day and right now, we’d like to ask you—the community—to help us provide the 44,000 meals needed in 2019. We have a generous donor right now who is willing to match our donations through tomorrow, December 15, and with your help, we’ll keep our homeless friends fed. One dollar provides one meal but donate today and one meal becomes two. See hhshelter.org to donate. And if you can’t donate financially, you can always donate your time. We are always looking for volunteers and there are a variety of positions, from cooking, to admin, to monitoring our shelter and more. Please see our website for details. And while you’re there, we invite you to take our housing survey so we can better understand our community’s perspective on homelessness and housing. It takes one minute to complete and your insights are invaluable. Visit hhshelter.org to take it right now.

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…

  • Men’s jeans – sizes 28, 34, 36
  • Men’s sweatpants – all sizes
  • Men’s long johns – sizes M, L, XL
  • Men’s medium depends
  • Men’s XL t-shirts and sweaters
  • Men’s boots – sizes 8-12
  • Men’s and women’s gloves
  • Women’s under britches – sizes 5 – 8
  • Women’s long johns – sizes M, L, XL
  • Women’s winter boots – sizes 7-11
  • Deodorant

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 Shares Hospitality House Vision and No Place Like Home Partnership with Nevada County

December 13, 2018

As reported on KVMR, Dec. 14, 2018: 

Hospitality House has had a long-term vision of providing permanent supportive housing. Given the challenge of finding permanent homes for our homeless Nevada County residents, coupled with the scarcity of available housing in general, this is a real need in our community. This past Tuesday, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to make Hospitality House their No Place Like Home partner. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to grow with the County and to help provide permanent housing to many of the homeless folks in our community. We truly appreciate the County’s vote of confidence and partnership in this effort.

For those who may not be aware, No Place Like Home is a statewide funding initiative made possible by Governor Brown. It was Prop 2 on the November ballot and Californians passed it with nearly a 64 percent approval rate. The program is slated to dedicate up to $2 billion dollars in bond proceeds over the next several years to invest in the development of permanent supportive housing for people who are in need of mental health services and who are experiencing homelessness, or who are at-risk for chronic homelessness. With the County choosing us as its partner, Hospitality House and Nevada County are teaming up to apply for this funding with a goal to build housing right here in Nevada County.

Once people are in truly permanent housing—this is housing that we hope to build with the County leading the charge—then nonprofits such as Hospitality House can assist with “wraparound” services, including addiction counseling, medical care, child care and parenting, education, financial planning, nutrition education, job training and placement assistance, college admissions help, and other services which are extremely difficult to provide reliably without long-term stability. This is also why we are proud to now be offering easy access shelter, meaning anyone who may be struggling with addiction or related problems on the street can seek shelter with us immediately and get support from our team to get back on track and into housing. We can’t help them with their addiction if they are not able to work with us. We talked about our street outreach program the last time I was here and this is where outreach really makes a difference.

Our street outreach team met a couple earlier this year, Danny and Louise, who through a series of events, found themselves homeless. They weren’t interested in taking shelter at Utah’s Place or following our house rules, but our outreach team continued to support them by offering services, such as driving Louise to much needed doctor’s appointments. In time, they began to really trust us and as we built upon that trust, we and our community partners were able to do more for them. In fact, the day before Thanksgiving, we moved them into a trailer. They’re housed!

A big thank you to our community partners who help make this possible. We’re all on the same team and with the potential of building new housing, we’ll be able to do that much more and reach that many more people who need our help. We also envision opening a day center where homeless people can be welcomed off the street and connected with essential resources aimed at helping them regain their self-sufficiency and improving their quality of life.

Listen to the full interview here:

Weekly News: Community Liaison Rob Barker Talks Hospitality House Needs

December 7, 2018

As reported on KVMR, Dec. 7, 2018:

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, helping our outreach team connect local homeless individuals to much needed services. Since October, our outreach team has worked with 107 unique individuals on the street and in camps—these are individuals not currently seeking shelter with us but who still need our support. We still have a lot of work to do, and with the cold weather, our shelter has been at max capacity every night. Last week with the rain and light snow, we opened early two days to get people inside to warm up.

With December fully upon us, it will be Christmas before we know it. Stop by our thrift store, Bread & Roses, for all your holiday needs. We even have a kids section—complete with toys and games!

As we approach 2019, we estimate we’ll need to provide nearly 44,000 meals. It’s a tall order to fill, but we know with your help, we can do it. A $50 gift will provide 50 meals! And if you donate by Dec. 15, generous donors will match every dollar.

To everyone who helped cook and provide meals last week, we thank you! 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, waist sizes 28-36 – urgently needed
  • Men’s t-shirts, sizes m, l, xl, 2x
  • Men’s L and XL sweaters
  • Men’s and ladies gloves
  • Men’s winter boots, sizes 8 -12 – urgently needed
  • Women’s jeans, sizes 8-14 – urgently needed
  • Women’s sweaters, sizes M,L, XL
  • Women’s winter boots, sizes 8-12 – urgently needed
  • Long johns – all sizes
  • Blankets
  • Heavy winter jackets – ladies and men’s
  • Ear plugs

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 Street Outreach Efforts with KVMR’s Charlotte Peterson

December 6, 2018

As reported on KVMR on Dec. 6.:

The Expanded Street Outreach program “meets people where they are” and interfaces with local businesses. Three Community Liaison positions have been added, supervised by the outreach case manager. While two Community Liaisons walk the Brunswick Basin and other parts of Grass Valley on foot, the other Community Liaison drives a van, providing access to services and support in other areas, such as downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City. The van provides transportation for homeless people to services like Behavioral Health, Spirit Peer Empowerment, Nevada County Social Services, One Stop job readiness, legal counsel and AA meetings. 

As of October, Hospitality House has four staff working with people on the street. Between October and November, our outreach team has:

  • Helped 107 unique individuals on the street and in camps
  • Provided 441 services
  • Gave 190 referrals to service providers
  • Gave 265 rides to appointments and other locations.
  • Part of their work is also education on fire safety and mitigation and clearing debris that could cause fires

This program was developed to help people like Nick. Our outreach team found him in a field… Nick had a severe alcohol problem and was experiencing homelessness. Our outreach team engaged him and on another day, he agreed to come with us to Social Services. However, on the day we took him there, Nick was intoxicated and while our team was inside the building arranging services, Nick took some pills and overdosed outside. HE ALMOST DIED. Our case manager returned to find him unconscious and rushed him to the ER where his stomach was pumped, and luckily, Nick survived.

BOTTOM LINE—HE SAVED NICK’S LIFE AND THAT MORE THAN ANYTHING IS WHY THIS PROGRAM EXISTS AND WHY THIS PROGRAM IS CRUCIAL TO OUR COMMUNITY.

In the weeks that followed, we built a strong rapport with Nick and he trusted us to help him. Our outreach team was able to get him to agree to try to stop drinking and shelter at Hospitality House. While a guest at Hospitality House, Nick started working with our Case Management Team. He was connected to Behavioral Health where he was diagnosed with a severe mental illness. Nick was prescribed the necessary medication to help him cope with his condition and to keep him from self-medicating with alcohol.

I am happy to report that today Nick is sober and we believe in no small part that we had something to do with it. Nick gained access to a County-funded program and now lives in a permanent residence with roommates.

Nick is a perfect example of what can happen when a person has access to services, some hope, and a little bit of trust and willingness. Our team is full of loving arms and if there is a will, there is a way.

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Weekly News: Nicole Lescher Shares Insights on Housing Obstacles the Homeless Face

November 30, 2018

As reported on KVMR, Nov. 30, 2018:

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

Housing Hurdles
My name is Nicole Lescher and as a case manager, I work with folks from all walks of life. I love sharing stories so today I wanted to tell you about Sarah. After her father passed years ago, Sarah went from housing to homelessness. Without anywhere to go, no income or rental history, Sarah turned to us as a last resort….That was two years ago.

Since then, Sarah’s been working and saving up her money to find a rental. She currently works three jobs saving for rent and a deposit. A few months ago, she began applying for rentals around town. It’s been exciting time for her and for us! In the excitement of getting her first rental, she bought items for her future apartment. Pink dish towels to hang on the oven; lavender soap for guests to use in the bathroom; new bedding for her own personal bed outside of the shelter…but all of these items now sit in a storage unit she’s paying for. Why is this? Because she keeps getting passed by during the rental process. As most people know, the rental climate in Nevada County is very competitive right now; there is a shortage of available housing and unfortunately, Sarah is competing with others who have long-time rental history.

Our community is well aware of the struggle people face finding housing, but I don’t know if everyone realizes how hard it is for people who are homeless to get into housing. Yesterday I met a man who is working with our case management team to rent two of the rooms in his home to people currently in our shelter. This man is our hero because he’s opening his doors to people in need. We feel privileged he wants to help us and it is our hope we’ll find even more people in the community who are in a position to do the same.

I tell ya, if I can get Sarah housed before Christmas, that would be the best Christmas present!  She deserves a home—everyone does. She’s certainly earned it and has the work ethic to sustain it. If anyone listening right now has a spare room they may want to rent, or a house or apartment, anything—go ahead and call us. In fact, call me directly! Ready for my number? 530-228-9127. I know as a community we can come together to get more people like Sarah into housing.

Giving Tuesday
On the subject of housing and needing a place to stay, earlier this week was Giving Tuesday and what a Giving Tuesday it was! We had a goal to sponsor all 69 beds in our shelter for $50 each, and you incredible people stepped up and sponsored every bed, and then some! In total, you gave us 82 bed sponsorships. Thank you to everyone who made this possible. And while Giving Tuesday may be over, bed sponsorships are always welcome and needed.

Bread & Roses
With the holidays upon us, if you need any gift ideas, stop by our thrift stop, Bread & Roses, and score 50% off everything this Saturday–that’s tomorrow! Don’t miss this one-day-only sale. The store is open from 12 to 6 p.m. for all your holiday needs.

Volunteers
I’d also like to take a moment to thank everyone who came and fed all 69 of our guests each night this past week. A big thank you to Telestream, St. Patrick’s Church, Mt. Stream Meditation, Peace Lutheran, our culinary students, First Baptist and Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains. Thank you ALL so much!

Night of Giving
As we look ahead, we anxiously await our annual Night of Giving on Dec. 22. If you’ve never been, it’s a night not to miss. People who sponsor our event like Chip Arenchild of InterWest Insurance Services, Inc. and our friends at Whitewater Naturopathic, and Caliber Collision are a large reason this event is made possible. This year over 45 local bands will perform at Miners Foundry in an effort to raise money for our shelter. Everyone performing and working is volunteering their time to help us. Tickets are on sale now for $20 on our website, hhshelter.org, or they can be purchased at the BriarPatch Coop and Bread & Roses Thrift Store.

Needs of the Week – 11/30/2018
And to everyone who dropped off needed items last week—thank you! Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for, were down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for this week…

  • Men’s jeans, sizes 28 – 34 waist
  • Men’s t-shirts, sizes s – 2X
  • Men’s sweatpants, all sizes
  • Men’s work boots
  • Women’s jeans, sizes 8 – 14
  • Women’s sweatpants, all sizes
  • Women’s winter boots, sizes 8 – 11
  • Long Johns
  • Any rain gear
  • Warm gloves
  • Nail clippers
  • Small microwave-safe food containers with lids. These will go to any individuals who are unable to stay but are hungry.

Drop off your donations at Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. And don’t forget—I’d still love to connect with any community member who may have an interest in becoming a landlord. As always, thank you all for sticking together so that we all get what we need.

 

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