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December 2019

With a LOT of Help from Our Friends

posted Dec 4, 2019, 4:27 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Amid the glitz and glitter of this winter holiday season, we pause to remember the generosity of our friends and neighbors. As the new decade looms before us we are steeped in gratitude for all the blessings that have befallen us over the past year.  All the goods and services that the FRC has been able to provide are made possible because of the generosity of others. Every morsel of food in our well stocked pantry has been donated. Our stalwart volunteer, Nancy Lorenz, faithfully travels to the Food Bank of Nevada County to bring back a weekly wagon load of foods ranging from beans and rice to truffles and caviar. Poultry farmer, Ken Manning, shares not only fresh eggs but stories of the chickens, ducks and geese who have provided them. Angie Tomey and John Tecklin donate fresh organically grown produce from Mountain Bounty Farm. Home Gardeners and community gleaners also take time to drop by laden with extra zucchini, windfall apples, and other seasonal bounties.

Every article of clothing on our Clothes Closet shelves is donated, as well. Our community stays warm and in style because of the almost daily gifts of gently used clothing from good hearted friends and neighbors. Donated children’s books, toys and art supplies fill our shelves. San Juan Ridge babies’ bottoms stay clean and dry because of monthly deliveries of diapers and wipes by the Keegans for the Nevada County Diaper Project. Ridge feet can stay warm and dry this winter thanks to a donation of 1000 pairs of brand new, comfy socks from Bombas.

Children’s summer camps were supported by generous donations by parents and community members, as well as local nonprofits, the Welz Foundation and Yuba River Lions. We have also received cash donations from individual friends and neighbors, as well as advertisers in our Ridge Connections newsletter, that have not only helped support our children’s camps, but kept our doors open and our lights on. Every penny made at our annual Earth Day Celebration also supports the summer camps. We are grateful to the drummers, musicians, bakers, vendors, volunteers and event goers who contribute to the success of this community event.

None of the above would be possible without the support of First 5 Nevada County, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools and Twin Ridges Elementary School District. We are especially grateful to Twin Ridges for entrusting stewardship of the beautiful Oak Tree Campus to us. The ability to use this site makes all our programs, services, events, and activities possible and we have never taken it for granted.

We are also grateful to the grass roots organizations that make the San Juan Ridge a better place to live. The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, North San Juan Community Center, North San Juan Firefighters and Fire Auxiliary, Oak Tree Community Park, San Juan Ridge Business Association, San Juan Ridge Community Library and San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association serve us well and deserve all the support our community can provide.

Last, but certainly not least, we are so very thankful to all those who have visited us throughout the year. Without you, the FRC would not exist. We wish you all a very happy holiday season! Stay warm and be well.




Original Coloring Page Featuring the "Old Smiley" Mural by Gem Visuals

posted Dec 4, 2019, 4:26 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Dec 5, 2019, 9:14 AM ]

Mainly for Mommies: Yoga at FRC with FREE Childcare!

posted Dec 4, 2019, 4:24 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Dec 4, 2019, 4:34 PM ]

by Schuyler Bright, CAS, C-IAYT, CMT, CDVSAC Holistic Trauma Recovery Institute Founder, Director

Exhausted by the holidays?  Does a commitment to self care top your New Years Resolutions list? Get a jumpstart on it with four gentle movement classes geared for new moms, though everyone is welcome, space allowing, with understanding the class is geared for new moms.

Do not plan to get an intense workout.  Preregistration and pre-payment required.

Only $10 for each 45 minute tune-up with Schuyler Bright, also a mom of 2.  Four Thursdays 9:15-10 am before Open Lodge playgroup starting January 9. 

$40 prepaid by 1/8. Additional donations to the FRC welcome and encouraged- where else would  you get free childcare while you take a self care break?

Call Schuyler to register: 530.615.7268


Baby & Me Yoga Offered During Open Lodge!

posted Dec 4, 2019, 4:21 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Dec 5, 2019, 10:14 AM ]

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Kaala Rose, Educator, Parent and Community Volunteer, has generously offered to facilitate baby & me yoga during Thursday Open Lodge at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center. Parents, caregivers and young children will be invited to try different poses together in these brief, 10-15 minute sessions starting at 11 am. Many thanks, Kaala, for volunteering to incorporate this wonderful element into our program!

Open Lodge is a free, drop-in program for children ages 0-5 and their parents and caregivers held every Thursday from 10 am-noon. In addition to yoga, children and their adults are welcome to play in the spacious indoor room with hoops, balls, scarves, riding toys & more. No pre-registration is required to participate.

Please call 292.3174 for info or directions.


Xmas Trees at the Resource Center

posted Dec 4, 2019, 4:20 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Dec 4, 2019, 4:35 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Many thanks to Bill Pynchon and Roger Rollings of You Bet Farm for donating a beautiful collection of freshly cut fir and cedar trees for the FRC to distribute to families so that they can brighten their homes for the holidays. Christmas trees are available on a first come-first served basis. Please visit during our regular business hours to sign in and receive a beautiful FREE tree.

Long time supporters of the San Juan Ridge Community, Bill and Roger have demonstrated their generosity and good will time and time again. In addition to providing Christmas trees, they have helped fill our woodshed with seasoned firewood and participate in our annual Earth Day Celebration every spring.  We are grateful for their many gifts and service to the community over the years. Thank you, Bill and Roger!


Lighting of the Lights

posted Dec 4, 2019, 4:19 PM by Kristin Snell


December 9 at 6pm

see santa & mrs. Claus ~ presents for little kids

Hwy 49 & oak tree road ~ Across from NSJ post office



Warming Shelter to Open at NSJ Community Center

posted Dec 4, 2019, 4:18 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Dec 4, 2019, 4:36 PM ]

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

The North San Juan Community Center plans to once again operate a warming shelter this winter. The mission is to “maintain an emergency response in the case of extreme winter weather that provides warm, dry shelter, an evening meal, beds for the night, a morning breakfast, and help connect participants to helpful community resources, and to do all of this as a cooperative community service.”

Contingent upon the availability of volunteer hosts, the shelter will open its doors if temperatures dip below 37 degrees or on the fourth consecutive night if its raining to provide a safe, warm space for guests of all ages. The shelter will open its doors by 6 pm. Dinner will be served and guests will be provided cots and bedding. Breakfast will be offered in the morning and the shelter will close at 8 am. Those who may need shelter are urged to look for updates as it’s only the beginning of the season and the shelter operations for this season are being developed.

In order for the shelter to function, volunteer hosts are needed. Donations of warm clothing, jackets, blankets & toiletries are also requested.  If you have an interest in volunteering to host or to help in any other capacity, such as donating goods or food to support the shelter’s operations, please join the NSJ Warming Shelter Facebook group or contact the NSJ Community Center at 292.9048.


Expanded Services Available at Hospitality House

posted Dec 4, 2019, 4:15 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Dec 5, 2019, 10:13 AM ]

by Ashley Quadros, Hospitality House

Hospitality House is a year-round emergency homeless shelter in Grass Valley, helping up to 69 men, women and children every night. This past February, they introduced a new dormitory, known as the Outreach Dorm, which shelters 11 vulnerable individuals at a time on a first-come, first-serve basis. As the new entry point for services at Hospitality House, the dorm embraces a “come as you are” approach and follows what’s known as “Housing First” best practices. Housing First is an evidence-based model to quickly connect individuals experiencing homelessness to stable environments and/or permanent housing solutions without preconditions to entry. This means homeless individuals who may be struggling with addiction have a welcoming place to receive a warm bed, hearty meals, showers, and the support and guidance they need to return to sobriety and stable living environments.

Of the 220 people who have received shelter and help through Outreach Dorm this year, 77 graduated to Onward Dorm. In Onward Dorm, individuals are required to maintain their sobriety, set and meet their own case management goals, and all become candidates for permanent housing.

“Outreach Dorm has been transformative for our homeless community,” shared Isaias Acosta, Operations Manager. “It’s all about radical inclusiveness. People who never thought in their wildest dreams that they would be able to shelter with us are now showing up each night for help … and it’s working. They’re returning to sobriety and housing.”

The shelter continues to expand its services and is working to open a pet program as part of its Outreach Dorm operations this winter. The pet program will offer animals shelter, food, licensing, veterinary care, spay and neuter, wellness checks, flea and tick treatment, medications and even medical operations if needed. Most importantly, it will keep homeless pet owners together with their loved one at the shelter so they can benefit from the shelter’s programming to help transition back into housing, which is the ultimate goal.

To learn more about Hospitality House and its services, please visit

Note from the Editor: Hospitality House is hosting A Night of Giving, a hometown holiday party and musical benefit, on December 21st from 5-10 pm. Please see their website for more information and additional ways to support.


Community Library Update

posted Dec 4, 2019, 4:07 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Dec 5, 2019, 9:13 AM ]

by Mary Moore, San Juan Ridge Community Library

LIHEAP Program Provides Energy Assistance

posted Dec 4, 2019, 4:06 PM by Kristin Snell

From a flyer

To apply for LIHEAP Energy Assistance (firewood, propane, utilities)



All applications must be made by phone


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