My name is Angela Degliantoni and I’m an outreach supervisor at Hospitality House. I manage the outreach case managers here and while I don’t work in direct case management as often, I still help with calls for service as needed.

One man I’d like to tell you all about today is a man I’ll refer to as Denzel. Denzel is 87 years old and highly vulnerable to living life on the streets. The Homeless Outreach and Medical Engagement (HOME) team, which is a collaboration between Hospitality House, Turning Point and Nevada County Behavioral Health, found Denzel living on the streets.

Through engagement, Denzel was temporarily placed in a motel through the HOME team and eventually moved into Sierra Guest Home, Hospitality House’s senior apartment complex, as a temporary placement. While at Sierra Guest Home, Denzel embraced case management services and in due course, he moved into permanent housing!

Hospitality House proudly serves people of all ages, but helping Denzel, who is nearly 90 years old, get off the streets and into a home of his home has been extra special for me.

Thank you to all who give to Hospitality House to make housing successes like Denzel’s possible and thank you to all who joined us last night for our 17th Annual Night of Giving! It was a magical evening, and we hope you enjoyed the event as much as we need. THANK YOU to everyone who donated last night to lock in a triple match! While triple matching has ended, all of your support continues to make a difference.

A big thank you to Maggie McKaig for leading the Night of Giving charge and to all of our wonderful artists who donate their time and talent to perform:  Alasdair Fraser and Cameron Fraser; Beaucoup Chapeaux; Bodie Wagner; Earles of Newtown; Fast Rattler; J.B. Eckl; Lorraine Gervais with Jamal Walker; Mei Lin Heirendt and Friends; Rita Hosking and Sean Feder; Rob and Christine Bonner; Sands Hall; Shana Cleveland, Annette Taborn, and Will Sprott; Strings Attached; Sugar Mountain; and Two Runner.

Thank you also to our wonderful Angel donors who helped make the triple match possible, as well as our business sponsors: Wildwood Self Storage; PE Consulting & Associates; County of Nevada – Better Together; Pawnie’s Home Care; South Yuba Club; SPD Markets; Telestream; BriarPatch Food Co-op; B & C Ace Home & Garden Center; KVMR; YubaNet; Coldwell Banker Grass Roots; MWA, Inc; Caring Tree Children’s Dentistry; and The Union.

A special thanks also to our partners for providing ongoing food and/or financial support: SPD Markets, BriarPatch Food Co-op, Telestream, Interfaith Food Ministry, the Bishop Store (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nevada City) and Food Bank of Nevada County. To everyone who donated our most needed items last week, thank you as well!

Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the week:

Twin-size blankets
New pillows (we are unable to accept used)
Ponchos
Men’s shoes, sizes 10-14
Women’s shoes, sizes 8-10

DONATION HOURS: Our admin offices at 488 Crown Point Circle will be closed Monday, Dec. 19 –  Monday, Dec. 26 to allow staff to spend additional time with their families. Any emails or phone messages will be returned Dec. 27 forward. Donations of store-bought food may be taken directly to our shelter during this period. The shelter will remain open 24/7 to aid those in need. The shelter is located at 1262 Sutton Way and can be reached by phone at (530) 271-7144. In the words of Utah Phillips, “If we all stick together, we’ll get what we need.” Thank you!

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