Hello, I’m Mark, the shelter manager at Utah’s Place. This week, I’d like to highlight one of our guests, Jake.

During his stay at the shelter, Jake has gone above and beyond to help with chores as they crop up. His hard work and positive attitude are rays of sunshine for me and many others at Utah’s Place. Jake primarily assists Chef Will in the kitchen, prepping and cooking meals for over 70 people each night. When he began, I was surprised that he cooked as well as he did. It quickly became apparent to me that he was passionate about cooking and had a real knack for it. I encouraged him to use his skills professionally and contacted a friend of mine at Marias’s Mexican Restaurant who offered him a dishwashing job.

Jake is thriving in his new job, earning income and making real progress returning to a home of his own.

It’s great to see guests realize their potential on their pathways to housing.

Your support helps people like Jake surpass hurdles, big and small, that hinder them from their goals of security and stability. Thank you for your support!

If you’d like to be a part of this meaningful effort, please consider joining our Hearts & Hands Club, where giving as little as $10 per month can add up to a big impact over the year. To learn more, please click here or call 530-615-0852.

A big thank you to our volunteers and partners for providing ongoing food and/or financial support: 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! We are incredibly grateful to all of you who give your time, energy and compassion to those who need it most.

The shelter’s wish list for the week:

• Towels (any size, always welcome)

• Twin-size bed sheets (urgent need)

• Soap (liquid or bar)

DONATION HOURS AND DROP-OFF LOCATION: Donations from our needs list above and all unexpired/store-bought foods are accepted at Utah’s Place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am – 3:30pm and Saturdays from 10am – 2pm. Our shelter is located at 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Thank you for keeping our community in mind!

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