Hospitality House gives back by cleaning the streets |

Hospitality House gives back by cleaning the streets

Guests of the Hospitality House homeless shelter gave back to the community Tuesday morning, picking up trash and cleaning the streets of downtown Grass Valley.

“Our desire is to give back to the community, and our guests have a huge desire,” said Executive Director Cindy Maple. “It’s healthy for our guests to contribute to the community, not just take a hand-out.”

Many of the more than 300 guests who come through Hospitality House in a year are normally hard working members of the community who are having a tough time in a down economy, Maple said. Many are able to get their lives back on track after a two- to four-week stay.

“Our guests are very skilled, capable, hard workers down on their luck,” Maple said.

Taking count over the last year, however, she said the area’s chronic homeless population is 38 percent of all homeless, compared to 20 percent nationally, something she blamed on a lack of affordable housing in western Nevada County.

To contact Staff Writer Greyson Howard, e-mail or call (530) 477-4237.

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