Senior Housing on the Way
Hospitality House is pleased to share that as early as this fall, more senior housing will be available in the community. We are currently in escrow to purchase the Sierra Guest Home, a 16-unit, assisted-living housing complex in Grass Valley (pictured above).
“As a community, we understand that housing is a priority and each homeless services provider is working to do our part to address housing as appropriate,” said Nancy Baglietto, executive director of Hospitality House. “We work closely with City of Grass Valley, County of Nevada, the Continuum of Care and fellow nonprofit agencies to find creative housing solutions, and when Sierra Guest Home went up for sale, our goal was to preserve it to ensure not one unit was lost.”
Every available housing unit in Nevada County plays a part in reducing the number of people currently experiencing homelessness. On top of known housing shortcomings, most of the local homeless population is getting older, not younger. Hospitality House predominately serves seniors (60 percent are over the age of 50) and many lack the ability to pay for an apartment at growing market rates. Waiting lists for affordable housing units are well into the years, not weeks. The Sierra Guest Home offers immediate solution: create a shared living environment for housing-ready residents ages 60 or older with 24/7 staffing to help transition participants from homelessness to housing in a caring and affordable place.
Limited Tickets Left for
If you've already joined us for Empty Bowl at Sopa Thai Cuisine, Lola, Tofanelli’s, Golden Gate Saloon, or fudenjüce, we thank you.
Next week is the last chance to participate in Empty Bowl with limited tickets left for Heartwood Eatery and Three Forks Bakery. Heartwood will have bowls on display to choose from. Tickets to both restaurants are subject to sellout.
Pictured above is Heartwood's scrumptious Rainbow Salad, made with local salad greens and veggies, half an avocado, a sesame tamari dressing, and bread and butter. The bowl pictured is also one of several donated bowls by the Gold Country Woodturners. Both wooden and ceramic bowls are available at all restaurants, thanks to our generous artist community. We'd also like to thank our seven participating restaurants, all of whom are donating the meals and staff time to help make Empty Bowl possible.
There are also still goodies available in our virtual art sale. Explore here>
Please join us in thanking this year's sponsors: BriarPatch Food Co-op, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, SPD Markets, Telestream, LLC, Chapa-De Indian Health Grass Valley, YubaNet, Pawnie’s Home Care, Caseywood, AJA Video Systems, County of Nevada (Better Together), Northern California Mortgage Co., Nevada County Association of Realtors, The Union, Whitewater Naturopathic Medicine, Peters’ Drilling & Pump Service, KVMR, Clientworks, Law Office of Minor and Keene, and Fore Dental Care.
Falling on Hard Times
We often forget that homelessness can happen for a variety of reasons. While job loss, medical bills and addiction are common contributors, the recent Caldor Fire in Placer County and River Fire in both Nevada and Placer Counties are devastating reminders of how locals can find themselves without a home.
In our shelter presently are River Fire survivors. When tragedy strikes, having shelter, food and housing assistance is critical. It’s one of several reasons why we'd like you to consider joining our Legacy Circle.
The Legacy Circle is a practical way for you to ensure self-sufficiency and housing for all, without affecting your current finances. It also ensures that when more Nevada County residents need help, Hospitality House can always respond with care and compassion. By creating a living legacy through thoughtful estate planning, you can preserve your estate for your heirs and strengthen the care and services provided by Hospitality House. Joining the Legacy Circle is easy. Simply add Foothill House of Hospitality (our legal name) to your will or living trust and let us know how we can honor you for years to come.
Volunteer Spotlight: Bob Davis
We’d like to thank artisan potter and co-owner of Froggy Mountain Pottery, Bob Davis, for his ongoing support of Hospitality House. Bob has been donating his beautiful artwork every year to help make Empty Bowl possible since 2015 and this year he handcrafted and donated 50-plus gorgeous bowls, which have been peppered across our seven featured restaurants.
“Empty Bowl is a great event that I believe strongly in and look forward to each year,” said Bob. “I have a growing collection of bowls by other ceramic artists, exclusively from Empty Bowl.”
Bob first learned about Empty Bowl through artist Yvon Dockter, who is also a long-term donor of the event, as well as The Curious Forge. Creating work for Empty Bowl was a practical way for Bob to volunteer his time and talent for the shelter while creating immediate impact.
“Volunteering is important to me because I believe you get back what you put out,” explained Bob. “This is an opportunity to give back; life has been good for me, and it feels very rewarding to give back to those in need.”
Thank you, Bob, for helping those struggling in our community get back on their feet. If you’d like a chance to snag one of Bob’s donated bowls for Empty Bowl, limited tickets are left. Buy here>
Yuba-Sutter Stand Down
Each year the Yuba-Sutter Veterans Stand Down event takes place to help hundreds of Veterans, many of which are experiencing homelessness. The three-day event gives Veterans meals, clothing, shoes, showers, haircuts, medical care, dental care, while connecting Veterans to service providers onsite, such as the VA, EDD, counseling, employment and recovery providers.
When this year’s event had to be canceled, Yuba-Sutter Veterans Stand Down turned to Hospitality House and made a major donation to the shelter to support not only Veterans but all individuals in need. The donation included over 70 pairs of brand-new boots, over 60 new ponchos, boxes of new shirts and wool blankets, not to mention socks, backpacks, and N-95 masks. We thank all the volunteers and organizers of Yuba-Sutter Stand Down for standing by our community through and through.
Housing Veterans Together
We’ve like to thank every individual and organization who has given toward our Homeless Veterans Housing Program these last few weeks, including the The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2655, Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130, Marine Corps League, Gold Country DET #885 and Friends of Nevada County Military (all represented in the above picture). Between local organizations and individual donors stepping up, we met our match challenge offered by Friends of Nevada County Military.
For those unaware, the Homeless Veterans Housing Program at Hospitality House helps in the permanent housing efforts of local homeless Veterans and leverages the recently announced Built for Zero movement in Nevada County, a national effort to measurably end homelessness, one population at a time. County of Nevada and the Nevada County Continuum of Care (CoC) signed onto this initiative with Veterans selected as the first area of focus. Once every Veteran is housed, the County will reach what’s known as “functional zero.” This means when a new Veteran falls into homelessness, all participating agencies, such as Hospitality House, will work together to help that Veteran and their family back into permanent housing within 30 days, effectively decreasing the number of Veterans on the streets, the amount of time spent unsheltered, and the risk for chronic homelessness.
Several agencies, including organizations represented on the CoC, also signed onto this movement, including Nevada County Veterans Services Office, Better Together Nevada County, AMI Housing, Volunteers of America, Federal Veteran Administration Partners, Connecting Point 2-1-1, Friends of Nevada County Military and of course, Hospitality House.
Have a room or rental available to further this effort? Call Tyson Powers at (530) 798-6465 or email email@example.com. Additionally, landlords may also reach out to our partner, AMI Housing, with housing leads: (530) 887-5088.
New Club Members Welcome
The Hearts & Hands Club is looking for new members! Do you like to work together to make a difference? The Hearts & Hands Club might be for you! Hearts & Hands Club members donate monthly to support the efforts of Hospitality House. Each month club donations are allocated toward the greatest needs, including food, shelter, clothing, case management, etc. The club’s consistent support ensures that even in quieter giving times of the year, such as now, that people in need continue to receive all the services they need.
We are on the hunt for amazing people to join our team. Several career opportunities are available. If you want to make a difference, we want to hear from you!
Full-time positions include medical benefits, paid holidays and PTO—on top of the satisfaction you’ll feel knowing you are changing lives forever.
Connect with Human Resources by calling Leah Farkas at (530) 206-7771.
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