Weekly News: Volunteer Spotlight

April 19, 2019

As reported on KVMR 89.5FM & 105.1FM, April 19

Hospitality House is the only emergency homeless shelter in Nevada County, with 69 beds for homeless men, women and children.

I am Frank, Volunteer Manager with Hospitality House, which is the only emergency homeless shelter in Nevada County, with 69 beds for homeless men, women and children.

I want to share with you all my experience working with a committed and outstanding volunteer for Hospitality House.  This month’s Volunteer Spotlight is Liz McGuire.  Liz began volunteering at Bread & Roses in June 2017.  Liz was not necessarily looking to volunteer but instead was looking for a day-old bread. Yes, a day-old bread!  Liz did a day-old bread internet search and Bread & Roses came up.  Liz figured “well, maybe they are a thrift store and a bakery,” which we aren’t.  Liz told me that when she got there, she discovered Bread & Roses didn’t have bread.  But she said “I liked what I saw, talked to the manager and I have volunteered ever since! I didn’t find the bread I was looking for, but I got a whole lot more…”

Since then she has volunteered at Bread & Roses Thrift store and started volunteering four days a week, on average three to four hours per day to help ensure the store’s success—that’s approximately 1,472 hours donated to date! Last year our volunteers at the shelter and our thrift store totaled 13,545 hours of volunteer service, helping us save $253,969 thanks to caring volunteers like Liz. 

Having Liz on our team is wonderful; she proves time and again her dedication to Hospitality House and its mission to bring homeless people in Nevada County into a circle of community caring that offers shelter, sustenance, and care as we assist them in transitioning from homelessness to housing.

Last month, when Liz learned the administrative office needed help, she jumped at the opportunity to give further.  Liz now volunteers in the admin office two days a week, in addition to volunteering at Bread & Roses three days a week as well. Be sure to say hi to Liz the next time you’re shopping.  From all of us at Hospitality House, thank you, Liz! We appreciate you!

Want to help your community? Then come and join Hospitality House’s team of volunteers! We have many areas where you can help at Utah’s Place and Bread & Roses Thrift store, and you can make a difference like Liz.

We now have new volunteer opportunities at Hospitality House. We are in need to fill Administration, Shelter Aid and Outreach positions.  You can make new friends, while giving back to your community!  If you are interested in volunteering, you can call Frank at 530-615-0805 or email Frank@hhshelter.org.

Now, to our Townhall Meeting on April 25.  We invite everyone to join us. The County and Regional Housing Authority, along with Hospitality House, will be giving a presentation on our efforts to build affordable housing and a day services center. This project aligns with Hospitality House’s mission to assist homeless residents in transitioning from homelessness to housing, and the long-term vision of providing permanent supportive housing to County residents. 

An opportunity for questions and answers will follow the presentation. As a supporter of Hospitality House, we hope you can join us and give public support of this endeavor.  

Join the County Board of Supervisors Chambers at 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City on Thursday, April 25 at 5 p.m.  Questions? Contact Development Director Ashley Quadros at 530-615-0852, or by email at ashley@hhshelter.org.

A big thank you to all the volunteer dinner groups who made dinner for 69 hungry folks every night this past week: Alta Sierra Latter Day Saints, Twin Cities Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, Seasoned with Love, Choppers, The Home Team and Abundant Life Church.

To everyone who dropped off needed items last week—we thank you as well! Now down to the nitty gritty needs of the shelter for this week…

  • Men’s jeans sizes 34, 36 and 38
  • Men’s T-Shirts sizes M, L and XL
  • Men’s Sweaters
  • Men’s Boxers sizes M and L
  • Ladies under britches sizes 5 to 8
  • Men’s shoes sizes 9 to 13
  • Warm Blankets

Please drop off these urgent items to Utah’s Place, located in the Brunswick Basin, past the DMV, at 1262 Sutton Way. For all other donations that may benefit a homeless guest or the shelter in general, please take them to the backdoor of Bread & Roses Thrift and More, our thrift shop, located at 840 E Main Street, directly next door to Sierra Cinemas. Guests at our shelter are given shopping vouchers for the store to buy what they need, so your donation directly helps them. All other items are sold with 100% of the sales supporting the shelter’s operations. Thank you for sticking together so that we all get what we need.

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