Concerns for homeless |

Concerns for homeless

I’m writing to express incredible sadness at the action being taken by the city of Grass Valley to close the intake center for Hospitality House. I was at the center this morning while it was snowing and watched as guests that had not gone to work were preparing to face the freezing cold by putting plastic bags over their shoes.

I heard a story from one guest about how he helped free a woman trapped in her car after an accident while working in Auburn. I met a veteran that works a swing shift job and listened to how he rides his bike after his shift to whatever church is hosting the shelter.

The intake center gives our homeless a chance to clean up and wash clothes so they can work. So they can feel some measure of dignity.

These people are not lawless; they are homeless.

The city should be thanking Hospitality House instead of trying to force them to close. I’ve seen the homeless in our town for many years. They were a mystery to me. I wanted to help, but I didn’t know how. Thank you, Hospitality House, for having the courage to make a difference.

Leesa Wasley

Grass Valley

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