Hospitality House is a year-round emergency homeless shelter for the general homeless community in Nevada County, and since the onset of the pandemic, they’ve shifted into a 24/7 operation, working in partnership with multiple agencies around town in a collective effort to help as many people as possible in crisis.

My name is Laura Trent and I’m a long-time volunteer and advocate of Hospitality House and to kickstart the new year, today I’m here to tell you that Hospitality House helped over 600 local homeless men, women, children, seniors and Veterans in 2020. Helping this many people doesn’t happen alone—it’s a collective effort made possible because of community supporters, business partners, and listeners like you. On behalf of Hospitality House, we thank you for believing in our work and furthering our work every day to help real people in our community return to permanent housing.

Normally at this time we thank all the cook groups who came and cooked over the last week, but to keep our shelter safe, local 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 Wolf Creek Co-housing, Telestream, The Gourmet Squad, our homeless students—aka the Home team, Meals by Heels and First Baptist Church in Nevada City for their continued support. 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
• Headphones

Please drop off 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 and Happy New Year!

Don't miss our virtual shelter tour on Sunday, Jan. 31!