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.

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