I’m Fred Skeen, and I’m a case manager at Hospitality House. My job is to assist guests with qualifying for social services benefits, medical care referrals, and, eventually, housing. We want to guide our guests in their transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency and housing.
I want to share with you all a quick story regarding two of our current guests. I will call them Bob and Ted. They both have been with us for about a month. Both have debilitating medical conditions that impact their ability to walk safely. Ted has been using a manual wheelchair. Bob is still able to walk some short distances with a cane. However, his general safety was of serious concern.
I reached out to Greg Peters at Bill’s Wheels to assist these two gentlemen. This is a volunteer organization located over at the old St. Mary’s School campus. These retired gentlemen are members of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic Charity. Greg Peters was able to provide two fully restored electric scooters for both Bob and Ted. This allows them more freedom of movement and safety to get around our facility. So, once again, our very generous community steps up to help those in need.
We are now seeking an ADA qualified rental option for both of these gentlemen. If anyone listening knows of a suitable rental option to accommodate a person who uses a wheelchair, please call me, Fred, directly at (530) 559-5411.
Normally at this time, we thank all the cook groups who came and cooked over the last week, but to keep our shelter safe, our cook groups are supporting our meals by donating financial support and food, and Chef Chris is safely cooking all meals instead. We’d like to thank Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, Gold Country Calvary Church, St. Pat’s Sidekicks, TCC Blessed Sisters, The Home Tea, Crossroads, and First Baptist Church for all their help. To everyone who donated our most needed items last week, thank you as well!
Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for this week…
• Earplugs
• New pillows
• New blankets
• Adult coloring books
• Colored pens and pencils
• Any crafts that can be done by one person
• Deodorant
• Hand sanitizer
• Poligrip and Polident
• Body soap
• Shampoo and conditioner, regular sizes
• Bleach
• Bottled water
• Guitar picks
Anyone who has upgraded their personal assist devices, and have old ones just lying in their dresser drawer, please consider donating these gently used items:
• Diabetes test kits (Glucose meter & test strips)
• Hearing aids, any condition
We will be delighted to have these items for repurposing to any shelter guests with those specific needs.
Please drop off urgent items to Utah’s Place, located in Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. For a tax receipt, please ring the doorbell and wait for someone to come outside to assist you. We greatly appreciate the community’s help at such times of certainty. In the words of Utah Phillips, “If we all stick together, we’ll get what we need.”
Thank you!

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