Concert to benefit Hospitality House |

Concert to benefit Hospitality House

According to American Folk Musician Bill Staines’ song, “All God’s critters got a place in the choir.” And all God’s critters need shelter from the storm. Regardless of the weather, Hospitality House provides homeless Nevada County residents with shelter, nourishing meals, and access to medical care.

In the spirit of both shelter and the choir, all are invited to join together for a benefit concert in support of Hospitality House Sunday at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters and Tomes, at 671 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley, which will also co-host this event beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Popular local musicians Juliet Gobert, Homer Wills, Nory Fussell, and Bodie Wagner will offer their talents and tunes. They will be joined by George Mann, a singing activist on tour from New York. All friends of well-known folk singer, song maker, and storyteller Utah Phillips, they are eager and grateful to play this benefit for the shelter, whose permanent building is named Utah’s Place in Phillips’ honor, according to organizers. In the spirit of community, there will surely be plenty of sing-alongs as well.

The Pathways to Housing Program at Hospitality House successfully gets people off the street and into homes of their own. So far the program has assisted in getting 225 people, including more than 50 children, into housing, according to organizers.

Dignity and empowerment are primary goals of the various programs and services provided, including job training, medical and dental assistance, life management classes and various forms of counseling. The very existence of Utah’s Place, and all the volunteer efforts to keep it flowing, speak volumes about our Nevada County community.

As one former guest at the shelter said, “Hospitality House gave me a purpose every day to help make me a better person. I was loved back to health.”

The community is invited to join in this effort, to share the love and have some musical fun all at the same time. For more information or to make direct donations call 530-271-7144 or visit

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