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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 hhshelter.org.

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.

 

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