Nevada County’s first permanent homeless shelter will officially open its doors at the end of November, according to Hospitality House, the nonprofit that will operate the facility.
After nearly a decade of feeding and sheltering homeless people at a rotation of county churches, Hospitality House’s shelter, Utah’s Place, is slated to open its doors Nov. 26 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony a few days prior, said Cindy Maple, Hospitality House’s executive director.
Hospitality House originally hoped for a July opening, but since the building is not being built from scratch and is instead a renovation — one that had at least $25,000 of change orders from unanticipated issues — the completion has been pushed back a couple months.
While Hospitality House looks forward to finally occupying the facility it has been retrofitting since March, the nonprofit still needs to raise approximately $23,000 prior to moving in, Maple said. And that is on top of a remaining $194,000 anonymous personal loan that allowed Hospitality House to move ahead with Utah’s Place.
“As with everything about this project, it’s going to be a push to the finish,” Maple told The Union in an email.
The new shelter is named Utah’s Place in honor of the nonprofit’s beloved cofounder, Utah Phillips, an ardent fighter for labor and peace issues, a folk singer, a poet and advocate for the homeless, who died May 2008 of heart failure.
Located at 1262 Sutton Way in Grass Valley, the 6,500-square-foot facility will be available year-round as overnight sleeping quarters for more than 50 guests and will include dedicated space for homeless families.
Currently, Hospitality House operates out of the Welcome Center on South Church Street, where daytime guests can get a hot lunch and have access to medical care, social services, job counseling, showers and laundry facilities.
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