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.

Camp Cleanup!

September 11, 2018

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.

“Agencies partner to provide recuperative care to homeless in Nevada County”

August 16, 2018

As first reported in the Tuesday edition of The Union, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, County of Nevada and Hospitality House have announced a partnership to expand shelter beds to house homeless county residents seeking recuperative care.

Beginning Sept. 1, a new agreement between Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and the County of Nevada creates a path for homeless county residents to recuperate following medical discharge from the hospital, according to a release.

Under this agreement, up to $263,334 is being awarded to the Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency from the hospital, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation. Funds received will be used over the next three years to support the Health and Human Services Agency Medical Respite Services Program supporting the needs of eligible homeless patients upon discharge from the hospital. The county is partnering with Hospitality House to provide this recuperative care program.

Individuals experiencing homelessness typically demonstrate higher rates of behavioral health disorders, chronic illness and acute injuries, the release stated. As a result, such individuals commonly experience frequent hospitalizations and emergency department visits.

Lacking basic shelter to recover from their illnesses, homeless patients frequently find themselves quickly returning to the hospital due to inadequate recovery and rest, unstable or unsanitary living situations and inability to access primary follow-up care.

To alleviate pressure on hospital systems related to these patients, medical respite programs have been growing more popular across the nation, providing savings for local hospitals and improved outcomes and quality of life for patients experiencing homelessness.

Continue reading this article at The Union.

“Hospitality House set to increase shelter beds, community outreach in Grass Valley”

August 16, 2018

Hospitality House, which operates emergency homeless shelter Utah’s Place in Grass Valley, is expanding and diversifying its services.

Executive Director Nancy Baglietto announced a new three-pronged approach that will be facilitated by a nearly half-million-dollar commitment by Nevada County over the next two years. The contract is on the Board of Supervisors agenda for Tuesday.

Utah’s Place currently has a conditional use permit for 54 beds, and had been providing 15 additional beds during the winter months. Those beds now will become permanent year-round, Baglietto explained.

The upstairs dorms, with the 54 original beds, will remain the same, with three meals, case management and pathways to housing provided. Guests can leave their belongings on an assigned bunk.

Continue reading this article at The Union.

Weekly News – 7/06/18

July 6, 2018

As shared on KVMR:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly News – 6/28/18

June 29, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly News – 6/22/18

June 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly News – 6/15/18

June 15, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purchase tickets here.

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