A musical journey of hope: Young composers to perform Hospitality House inspired work

June 12, 2017

“The titles alone provide pause: Journey of Hope, Redemption, Dialogue, Rising Sun, Lost/Sanctuary. The creations of students enrolled in Music in the Mountains Young Composers Project — the names of pieces they composed after spending time in Hospitality House and learning firsthand what it’s like to be homeless.

According to Music in the Mountains Education Coordinator Mark Vance, who arranged the collaboration with Hospitality House, “It was revelatory for the kids and it dispelled all the preconceived notions they may have had about the homeless. It was powerful for them to learn that people could lose the place they live in just a blink of an eye, and might have to resort to living in a car.””

To read more, please go to http://www.theunion.com/entertainment/a-musical-journey-of-hope-young-composers-to-perform-hospitality-house-inspired-work/

Nevada County donor pledges to match contributions to Hospitality House

May 25, 2017

“During the month of May, all donations to Hospitality House will be matched by a local anonymous donor.

Federal grant funding for Hospitality House was reduced by $332,000 last year, almost a third of the shelter’s entire budget, so the organization relies on donations now more than ever to continue its mission of serving Nevada County’s homeless population.”

Read more – http://www.theunion.com/news/local-news/nevada-county-donor-pledges-to-match-donations-to-hospitality-house/

Young Composers link up with Hospitality House in Grass Valley

May 25, 2017

“Creativity often flows when two contrasting ideas are put together, that seemingly, on the surface wouldn’t ordinarily blend. And yet not only do they blend, but they flourish.

Thinking along these lines, imagine a group of young people from stable homes, who have regular meals and parental support intermingling with homeless men and women who have no permanent address, limited funds and resources, and who often have gone hungry.”

Read more – http://www.theunion.com/news/local-news/young-composers-link-up-with-hospitality-house-in-grass-valley/

Know Your Nonprofit: Hospitality House

May 25, 2017

“Know Your Nonprofit is a weekly Q&A feature with western Nevada County nonprofit organizations.


The mission of Hospitality House is 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.”

Read more – http://www.theunion.com/news/know-your-nonprofit-hospitality-house/

Could tiny houses fix a huge problem?

May 25, 2017

“Nevada County plans to implement a “rapid re-housing” strategy to help reduce and prevent homelessness, said Health and Human Services Director Michael Heggarty. But homeless advocates have, well, smaller ideas.

Chuck Durrett, who owns McCamant and Durrett Architects, wants to build a tiny house village to temporarily house the county’s unsheltered homeless population, a strategy that Heggarty said would be more costly and less effective than pursuing permanent housing.”

Read more – http://www.theunion.com/news/could-tiny-houses-fix-a-huge-problem-homeless-advocates-respond-to-nevada-countys-plan/


Michael Heggarty: Homelessness in Nevada County

May 15, 2017

“Homelessness is a serious issue that affects the entire community. Since 2009 the Point in Time Homeless Count has averaged about 300 individuals per year. The 2017 count identified 371 people (though the actual number is likely higher), of which 15 percent were children.

Homelessness has profound impacts on the health and safety of those involved, and is often precipitated by problems that are within the power of our community to prevent and treat, such as substance abuse, mental health issues, domestic violence, economic distress and availability of affordable housing. The effects on the community are also significant, including threats to public safety, wildfire danger, the environment, and more.

Although this problem is serious, it is also actionable, and the Nevada County Board of Supervisors prioritized addressing homelessness in its 2017 objectives. The Board placed particular emphasis on moving towards 24/7 shelter operations that support comprehensive services to help transition people to affordable, permanent housing. The Board also emphasized working with other jurisdictions and developers to facilitate development of Housing Element Rezone sites, which will increase the availability of affordable housing.”

To read the rest of the article click here.

Enter the Bread & Roses Bake-Off!

May 15, 2017

Make no less than 6 equally-sized, 3-6 oz. portions.
Item must have shelf life of at least three days and
be easily packaged in plastic wrap.
Limit 2 entries per person.

Print and fill out this entry form. 

Bring it with your desert on June 1.

Call 615-0804 with questions.


Nevada County mayors discuss homeless issues at breakfast

May 5, 2017

“Nevada County’s three mayors addressed the public at Thursday morning’s “Breakfast with the Mayors” event, discussing issues of homelessness throughout the community. Following the addresses, a panel of expert stakeholders joined in the discussion and answered questions from the audience.

“We have competing ideas about how to address the issue of homelessness in this county,” Grass Valley Mayor Howard Levine said.

Many of the speakers agreed there are disparities between the different groups working for the county’s homeless population. The audience was provided with a flow chart created after the recent county homelessness stakeholders meeting, which illustrated the dozens of local organizations working on the same issue from different angles.”

To read the rest of the article click here.

Grass Valley homeless shelter gets clients off the streets and into the kitchen

April 18, 2017

“Hospitality House, Grass Valley’s full-time homeless shelter, provides clients with the job-training skills they need to gain employment and move into housing. Their culinary program, a six-week course, trains a small group of clients in food service and cooking skills, and 85-90 percent of graduates successfully find either employment, housing, or both.

Todd Parker graduated from the culinary program in December 2016, and is now employed with a local catering company in Grass Valley. Though he still stays at Hospitality House, where he volunteers doing maintenance and repairs, Parker is working with his case managers to find housing of his own.”

To read the rest of the article, please click here.

Mental illness, homeless issues discussed at League of Women Voters event

April 11, 2017

“When approached by someone on the street, is it a good idea or a bad idea to give them money? How about food? Clothing?

As a trio of mental health experts gathered at the behest of the League of Women Voters on Saturday morning, the last question of the day seemed to elicit the largest reaction from the crowd.

Nevada County Director of Behavioral Health Michael Heggarty grabbed the mike first but mentioning it was simply his opinion, not necessarily the official stance of his office.”

To read the rest of the article, please click here.