Homeless Issues #63

Hangtown Haven News

Art Edwards of Hangtown Haven said, “It is with great pleasure that I tell you that we now have a Ford seven person van for use by Hangtown Haven. For this we are indebted to Ginger Jacob and CVCC for getting this for us. It came from Ron Wells of Wells Auto and he is obviously a Christian man who is dedicated to helping the homeless. It is in beautiful shape.”

SPECIAL NOTICE: The Mayor and City council members joined with the City Manager, announced to the guests and volunteers of Hangtown Haven that the guests at Hangtown Haven have to be out of that location by November 15th. The City is providing counseling to each and every member of Hangtown Haven, to ease their transition out of the securities of Hangtown Haven and the unknown of homelessness on the street. Even with this disappointment, we want to give credit to Wendy Thomas and the Placerville City Council for having the foresight and the “guts” to get this Hangtown Haven started in the first place.

On November 16th the El Dorado County government will take over the responsibilities that the city of Placerville had undertaken. What the County of El Dorado will do or not do is a very large question, and how long will it take for the County government to act is the great unknown?


The expanded Board of Directors of HTHI is presently creating a document of the proposed “Policies for Hangtown Haven West.” The new location for HTHI whether on county or privately owned property will be open to all citizens of El Dorado County. We are just in the middle of our quest for better treatment for our citizens who have the very least in our community. We need your urging, your churches, your organizations, urging your District Supervisor to quickly act on a plan to help those who have the least in our community.

Community Resource Center (CRC)

 The CRC is really organized, with regular training sessions for all of their volunteers who work at the site. They have set up a regimented procedure for the distribution of the tents, bags and tarps that JSS provides for distribution by them. They recognize that each combination of tent, sleeping bag and tarp cost JSS $60.00. With this in mind, they attach a dollar value to each distribution, knowing that the supporters of JSS are getting full value for their contribution.

The CRC is the starting point for any homeless person in El Dorado County. They do a complete interview and counseling of each person who enters their offices. They then guide these persons to the opportunities that are available to them.

Nomadic Shelter opens November 1st. Please help out at a church near you. They need all the help they can get. Contact Carole Smith at 530-306-9192.

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)

As you noticed in the CRC report it cost our supporters $60.00 per person for a tent, a sleeping bag, and a tarp. We distribute these items throughout the year, hence our need for funds is also year-round. We take seriously our role as stewards and document each distribution in an ongoing effort to eliminate misuse and theft.

We again ask you to collect, ask your organization to collect, socks, to be given out to the homeless community. Their feet are most important in that they are on the move all day long. I have submitted bids to sock manufactures, but have not received any response from any of them. WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP!

Did You Know?

At the beginning of Hangtown Haven that Job’s Shelters of the Sierra was one of its larger donors and that when a new location is found JSS will again provide financial support to the best of our ability. We advocate for a permanent location for Hangtown Haven West, especially in light of what it has achieved in proving that many in our homeless community have the ability to self govern themselves with a little help from experienced volunteers. You can contribute to JSS and ask that the money be designated to Hangtown Haven West.


Please visit the JSS web site …..www.jobsshelters.org.

Donations can be made by clicking here.