Hospitality House deserves praise |

Hospitality House deserves praise

I’m writing regarding the news article of May 17 about the Grass Valley Planning Commission’s granting of a temporary operational use permit for the Hospitality House Welcome Center in downtown Grass Valley and the commission’s continuing denial of a permanent permit.

The article mentions an increase in downtown calls to the police this year in comparison to last and states that no details were given connecting that increase to Hospitality House. I think that second point deserves vigorous emphasis, especially because the article concludes with the startling statement that next year “police are expected to provide more details on crime stemming from the center.” Speaking for the Police Department, Chief John Foster stated that no details linking the increase to Hospitality House could be given for the excellent reason that no details exist. In fact, Foster, along with the city Planning Department and the Downtown Business Association, praised the center and recommended that it receive the use permit on a permanent basis.

Hospitality House, consisting of literally hundreds of volunteers and many local faith communities, has demonstrated the high value it places on being responsible, cooperative neighbors. No one at our house is a second-class citizen who can or should be moved out of town. Anyone wishing to test the truth of that statement has only to come by the Welcome Center at 230 S. Church St. and get to know us.

Joanna Robinson


Hospitality House Board

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