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Other voices: Hospitality House reopens for homeless

Hospitality House, western Nevada County’s homeless shelter, reopened for its third cold-weather season on Monday.

The shelter’s welcome center at 230 S. Church Street in Grass Valley will open every day at 1 p.m.

This season, Hospitality House is expanding its services. An increased monitoring staff has been hired to better serve the shelter’s growing number of guests, and the shelter also has hired a social worker to guide homeless people toward appropriate social services and help them transition into employment and housing. In addition, local programs dealing with addictions will be available at the shelter.

The generosity of our local community has provided the means for Hospitality House to keep its doors open. You can’t spend much time with the homeless before you realize the need for reaching down deeper into the roots of their problems and trying to help with lasting solutions. We rely on the continuing support of the community to make this happen.

Hospitality House provides overnight shelter for local homeless men, women and children from mid-October through April in facilities provided by local faith communities. Following the nomadic shelter model commonly used throughout the United States, the shelter rotates among 11 local churches.

Shelter guests also receive hot, nourishing dinners and light breakfasts provided by the host churches or by one of the 13 other faith communities that participate in the program. In addition to shower and laundry facilities, guests also have access to ongoing medical screening.

Hospitality House has been operating a drop-in center five afternoons a week during the past summer months, offering homeless people food, showers, laundry facilities and referral assistance.

For more information, call Executive Director Cindy Maple at 263-4447.


Joanna Robinson of Nevada City is a member of the Hospitality House board of directors.

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