Nevada County donor pledges to match contributions to Hospitality House | TheUnion.com

Nevada County donor pledges to match contributions to Hospitality House

Ashley Strickland, left, is living at Hospitality House with her six-year-old son Ayden while she works toward getting back on her feet. Strickland recently completed the culinary training program at Hospitality House and found employment at a local restaurant.
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During the month of May, all donations to Hospitality House will be matched by a local anonymous donor.

Federal grant funding for Hospitality House was reduced by $332,000 last year, almost a third of the shelter’s entire budget, so the organization relies on donations now more than ever to continue its mission of serving Nevada County’s homeless population.

Last year, Hospitality House provided shelter to over 400 men, women and children, offering three daily meals, job training, housing-readiness workshops, laundry facilities, warm showers and mental health counseling.

Through its culinary program, Hospitality House trains guests who are interested in finding jobs in the food service industry with the skills they need to gain employment and work their way toward stable situations.

Ashley Strickland, a Hospitality House guest, completed the culinary program last year, and is now employed as a cook at a high-end Nevada City restaurant. Strickland, who had struggled for years with addiction, was able to get clean before finding refuge at Hospitality House.

Her new job has enabled her to enroll her six-year-old son, Ayden, in a local preschool, and begin saving for a home of her own.

“This is the first thing that I can say that I’ve accomplished and been able to finish — not only for me but for my son,” said Strickland. “The shelter has given Ayden and me the structure and stability we needed.”

Contributions to Hospitality House allow the organization to help clients like Strickland, who might be in desperate need of a helping hand.

The “May Match” donation program hopes to raise $25,000 for Hospitality House. So far, the organization has received $12,302 in community donations this month.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Pera, email mpera@theunion.com or call 530-477-4231.


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