I am Sarah Kinney, a case manager here at Hospitality House and I work specifically with the homeless victims of crime. I assist our guests by connecting them with the resources and support they need to get back on their feet.

I would like to share a story about a man who we will call Mike; he is a 60-year-old man that is working hard towards creating a better future for himself with help from staff at Hospitality House. Mike has worked hard to overcome some difficult hurdles in his life, including his recovery from addiction and homelessness. In the past, Mike graduated from a treatment program and began living out of a local hotel room. When income became sparse and he was asked to leave the hotel, Mike found his way to Hospitality House. During his stay here, he was assisted with social and behavioral health services as well as transportation to and from medical appointments. Currently, Mike is living in a local gated community with several other men in similar situations. With great efforts and persistence, Mike is working relentlessly with Hospitality House to secure his own housing and we are so proud of him. Despite the hardships, he remains upbeat and positive.

If anyone listening right now might have an interest in helping Mike or other individuals by renting a room, studio, apartment or house, I invite you to call me today. Also, we encourage landlords that are curious or accepting the Housing Choice Voucher program to please call me directly for more information at 530-315-3415.

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 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Twin Cities Church, Holy Trinity Church – Episcopal: Historic Faith for Modern People, Mountain Stream Meditation Center, Kitchen KutUps, The Home Team and Repeat Offenders 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…

• PPE masks and gloves (please keep donating these)
• *New pillows
• Blankets, twin size
• Bottled water
• Hand sanitizer
• Nail care
• Alka seltzer
• Toilet paper
• Personal Wipes
• Razors
• Triple antibiotic ointment
• Travel bags
• Hand and foot warmers
• Cough drops
• Foot care products for athlete’s foot
• Brushes and combs
• Men and Women sweatpants, sizes M, L, XL and 2XL
• Beard trimmers
• Eye glasses/readers

Please drop off urgent items or mail them 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 uncertainty. In the words of Utah Phillips, “If we all stick together, we’ll get what we need.” Thank you!

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