Weekly news – 3/2/18

March 2, 2018

Because of the cold weather, the 15 cots in the dining room have been full, in addition to the 54 beds in the dorms upstairs. This week we have added four daytime sessions so that guests can stay out of the wet and cold weather. On Monday the bus wasn’t even running in the morning because of the snow, so many of our homeless guests were left without transportation. You can help by sponsoring a bed for $48 (either once a month or one time) at hhshelter.org. Hospitality House can really use your help! We are thankful to Sierra Roots for opening a warming shelter with additional beds in the Seaman’s Lodge Wednesday, Thursday nights and tonight. 

This week I had the privilege of visiting two families that sheltered at Hospitality House and are now living in little cabins in Grass Valley. One mom (who moved out a few weeks ago) just secured a part-time job working at a well-respected elderly care facility and she and her 12-year-old son are learning to live together in a home again. She talked about how great it felt to hold that key in her hand and know that it unlocked her own home. The other father and son are both going to school and reported BOTH getting As and Bs. 

Two culinary students graduated this week, both securing food service employment in the last two weeks. 

Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter . . . 
We still are short on:
– Lightweight, warm blankets
– Mens pants sizes 32/34/36
– Coffee
And we need cough syrup (non-alcoholic) and cough drops.

Drop off your donations at Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past A-1 Appliance, 1262 Sutton Way.
Call 615.0852 to find out more.

Have you ever seen those raw edge wooden bowls that look like a tree magically transformed into a beautiful bowl? At the 12th Annual Empty Bowl March 17 event, you will get a chance to win some of those beautifully crafted wooden bowls at the silent auction. Get your $25 tickets now for Empty Bowl on March 17—lunch or dinner at hhshelter.org or at BriarPatch! We still need volunteers to help with making desserts–cookies or bars—for the March 17 event. If you can help, call 615.0852. Thanks to the generous folks at ACE Propane llc and Peters’ Drilling & Pump Service for sponsoring the Empty Bowl on March 17.

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