"I'm Moving Forward."
Michael is a guest in our shelter who is grateful to have a safe place to sleep each night and case management to move forward in his journey back to housing. He currently volunteers as a caretaker at Hospitality House, helping with household chores, such as sweeping, mopping, cooking, and laundry. He was also instrumental in helping run our generator during the power outage last week.
Yesterday, Michael was kind enough to share a little about himself in the following video, noting what your support is making possible and what his dreams for the future hold:
Guests at the shelter depend on your kindness for food, water, clothing, case management, job training and more. Help guests like Michael now with a gift today>
Camp Cleanup Success
A big thank you to everyone who joined us at Saturday’s cleanup. Together, we removed approximately 60 cubic meters of debris and mitigated for fire in the process.
In total, 78 people donated their time and energy to help clean and beauty Nevada County, including 12 individuals who are currently homeless. We couldn’t have done it without you—THANK YOU.
Additionally, we'd like to thank our cleanup partners, County of Nevada, City of Grass Valley, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Grass Valley Police Department and Nevada County Probation, for making this one of our most collective community cleanup efforts to date!
If you had a good time on Saturday and want to learn more about current or future volunteer opportunities, contact Volunteer Manager Leah Farkas at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 530-615-0805.
Fear, Fire and Homelessness
Nancy Baglietto, Executive Director of Hospitality House, has a regular column that runs in The Union. In her last piece, she covered a topic that concerns all of us:
“I am your neighbor and I worry about fire, just like you do. Our homeless neighbors are concerned about fire as well. Just about everywhere I go, when people learn what I do, they ask me about homeless camps in the forest and the prospect of fire in our foothill communities – what scientists call the ‘wildland-urban interface.’”
Volunteer Spotlight: Teri Gevry
Over the last six and half years, Hospitality House has had the honor and privilege of having Teri on our volunteer team as a dedicated and passionate advocate. She first came on board as what we now call a Guest Advocate, working in our shelter. She currently serves as an Outreach Advocate, supporting women in our post-housing program.
Teri’s story with Hospitality House began when she first heard a plug for a play at KVMR which many of us have come to know and love, called “A Place to Call Home.” That evening, Teri went to the show at the Center for the Arts and had a conversation with a former Utah’s Place guest, which changed the course of her life forever. As he shared the story of his journey, she began to appreciate the issues surrounding our homeless neighbors and embarked on her own journey to understand and address homelessness in our community.
Since that day, Teri has worked tirelessly to help Hospitality House further its mission of helping support members of our homeless community as they transition from homelessness to housing. Like so many of our volunteers, Teri dedicates her time to Hospitality House because she loves working with our guests.
“I get to help them on their journey, on their path," said Teri. "I love the fact that they have embraced me as I help them see a new vision."
Teri, your dedication to our guests is greatly and forever appreciated. Your strength and endurance as you help meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable members of our community is only matched by your passion and kindness. Thank you for all that you do!
Special Book Club Discussion at the Shelter
The Nevada County Libary is hosting a book discussion of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner, "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond inside our shelter on Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., which includes a tour of our shelter and hearing from someone currently struggling with homelessness.
Space is limited. Registration through the library is required. Sign up now>
Would you like to a host a book club related to homelessness? Call us at 530-615-0852 or email email@example.com.
Full Circle Press
Have you ever received a thank you card from us? Chances are, we used a card generosity designed and gifted to us from Full Circle Press, a local letterpress and design shop with a heart for our homeless community.
Their team has thoughtfully designed us new thank you cards for our Hearts & Hands Club donors. Here's a little preview of the cards being made right now:
We are very excited for these cards—THANK YOU!
If you haven't heard, Hearts & Hands is a group of wonderful people who donate every month to support the efforts of Hospitality House. Monthly donations can be set up in any amount and changed at any time.
Under donation frequency, select “monthly” for Hearts & Hands Club. Thank you for partnering with us to provide emergency shelter and critical services to our most vulnerable community members.
Save the Date: Night of Giving Returns on Saturday, Dec. 21
The countdown to Night of Giving has officially begun! Night of Giving began by concerned citizen Mikail Graham in a little bar with friends who pulled together one night to donate to Hospitality House, putting dollars and coins into a hat. That night of merriment turned into Night of Giving, an annual musical benefit featuring local Nevada County talent, all of whom give their time and resources to help raise awareness and support for our homeless shelter. Last year, nearly 800 people came, and we hope we can count on you to come this year, too!
When: Saturday, Dec. 21
Where: Miner’s Foundry
Time: 5 – 10 p.m.
Musical talent will be announced in the coming weeks, as well as ticket sales, but in the meantime, we could use your help.
Sponsors and Silent Auction Items Needed
If you’d like donate an item, good or service to our silent auction or sign up your business as an official sponsor, please call us at 530-615-0852 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
We’re looking for amazing volunteers to help make Night of Giving a big success. We have a variety of openings for the evening, as well as positions that aid the planning team leading up to the event. If you have an interest in volunteering, please call Volunteer Manager Leah Farkas at 530-615-0805, or email email@example.com.
Can I Change or Revoke My Will?
The following is an excerpt from The State Bar of California “Do I Need A Will?”
You should review your will periodically. If it is not up to date when you die, your estate may not be distributed as you wish.
Your will can be changed through a codicil, a legal document that must be drafted and executed with the same procedure that applies to wills. A codicil is an amendment to your will. You should not change your will by simply crossing out words or sentences, or by making any notes or written corrections on it. (See section of California Bar brochure #4 “Are There Various Kinds of Wills?” for advice on additions.)
You may also establish a new will and, in doing so, revoke your old will. If you get married or divorced, or establish a registered domestic partnership or terminate one, you should seek the advice of a lawyer and make a new will, as such a change in status results in automatic changes to your will. You should also review your will when there are any other major changes in your family (such as births and deaths), when the value of your assets significantly increases or decreases, and when it is no longer appropriate for your proposed guardian or executor or testamentary trustee to act in that capacity.
If you have moved to California from another state and have a will that is valid under the laws of that state, California will honor its validity. It is important for you to review your will with a qualified California lawyer, however, since California law will govern the probate of your will if you live here at your death. If you move out of state, your California will should be reviewed by a lawyer there.
The Hospitality House Legacy Circle allows you to continue helping your homeless neighbors into the future. Find out more>
at Bread & Roses Thrift and More
Bread & Roses is an extension of our shelter—the people who volunteer at the store know that their time is directly helping someone get back on their feet because every sale means added help to our shelter's operations.
Right now, our store needs more help. If you can spare a few hours a week or even one afternoon a month, we welcome your patronage. Please call Volunteer Manager Leah Farkas at 530-615-0805, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to learn if Bread & Roses might be a good fit for you.
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