Homeless Issues #43

LET’S GET UP-TO-DATE about our homeless citizens in El Dorado County…..

What about the Community Resource Center (CRC) ………………….

After noting that there are 225 to 250 different individual visits each week at the CRC, and that the CRC has a 4 1/2-page “intake” procedure that gives them information to provide homeless persons with the services that might be available to them, since November, JSS provided 124 sleeping bags and/or tents that were distributed by the CRC. This helps make sure the tents are going to those who truly need them.  We are not just throwing away the tens/sleeping bags JSS provides, I asked Rene to give me a run-down.

Thanks, Ron. Please, prepare yourself, this is a long one! J

In July of 2010, we opened the Community Resource Center with the thought that we would serve primarily the homeless population and we have. We helped coordinate the county’s first seven- night-a-week winter shelter. We have become the place to send people when they have nowhere else to go. We have completed intakes and assessments on more than 600 individuals with over 9,000 visits through our doors, since we opened. We have documented 1,845 incoming referrals from 26 types of service groups and government agencies; provided grant assistance for direct funding to the community totaling over $20,000 in funds for car repairs, identification, bus passes, school supplies, interview clothing, sleeping bags, tents, rope and band aids, etc. We have been at the core of finding over 35 people permanent housing, 42 people jobs through our resume services and over 122 people onto medical insurance in the past 20 months. We have provided over 400 loads of laundry and 1800 showers to folks in need. We have been this community’s safety net and we have not asked for much. Our average cost to keep our doors open is around $20,000 per year. We have one person on staff, our Executive Director, who earns less than that annually and $14, 000 of that was donated by one amazingly generous person, but it could only last for so long. Now, there is no money for a salary and little else to do much with, either. We are definitely hanging on by a thread right now…
Here’s some general service info for you. See throughout (closer to the bottom) for specific numbers. You’re right, it is time for the community to step up and be responsible, too. We have PayPal for those who do not trust that we will get our mail and we DO send out thank you’ s to those who donate unrestricted funds to the CRC. Ron, we have been doing almost all of this since the first day we opened. Our overhead is approximately $1500/month or an average of $50 a day to keep all of these services available to our community. I am sure I am forgetting something. Here’s our donation receipt and some Success Stories, too. We are at a point of do or die. Do we continue or let it go? Rene


What about the “HangTown Haven” …………………..
The legal encampment area, being provided by the city of Placerville? It is in the formation mode. Yep! It is going to happen. Total cost will come in at $87,000.00 to $97,000.00 completed–all from donated monies. We plan to build in stages as money is made available. To start the project we will need $4,000.00 for the fence. There will be an area and improvements to allow the homeless population to move in before the project is completed. After $9,000.00 and donations of material and labor, we should be able to start allowing persons to move from the illegal encampments to a legal encampment. Did you get that? Legal encampment!!!!!

Yes, we need YOU. Donations are to be sent to:
(In the “memo” line, put “For CRC” or “For HangTown Haven.”)
Community Resource Center
1864 Broadway
Placerville, CA. 95667
The CRC web site will accept PayPal credit card donations for the CRC. …… WWW.edcrc.org ….

Ron Sachs 😉
Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)
www.JobsShelters.Org

Important Bulletin

Please get your church involved in this.

Mark Your Calendars.
There will be a nomadic shelter planning meeting to begin the discussion of what the shelter might look like for next season and which churches will be involved.
It would be great to get all of your thoughts, ideas, suggestions as we start to plan for next November. If you cannot attend ask someone from your group that will represent your church or group.
If you know someone from another group or church that might want to learn more about being involved in some level with the nomadic winter homeless shelter please invite them to this preliminary meeting.
Please forward this email to others that might be interested. Let me know if you are planning to attend
We are asking each group/church to provide a pizza for us all to share. GVCC will provide paper products, beverages and cookies.
If you have questions call Janis 409-9219. Hope to see you all there, we need your help and input.
Green Valley Community Church, Tuesday, June 26th, 6:00 in Children’s Building Room 304.
Ron Sachs 😉
Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)
www.JobsShelters.Org

Homeless Issues #42

Feel beautiful time.
After the hard winter of wet times, the sun always comes out. It reminds me of the song from Annie, “The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, ther’ll be sun, tomorrow, tomorrow,…………………”    We have a lot of groups, and churches, that do not forget those who have the least and continually share what they have so that others can have a little. And I do want to lift up those who have the least; find something they can do to assist others.

“Hi Ron – We (CRC) are bringing a team of 8 volunteers and Guest Partners to Santa Cruz for training on the 100K Homes campaign.  This is a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the vulnerability of homeless persons and how being homeless relates to health overall.  The CRC has partnered with the leaders of this nationwide campaign and will be holding its registry week this summer in El Dorado County.  Our teams will be assisting the teams in Santa Cruz for their Registry Week and learning hands-on how to do ours successfully, too…..Stay tuned!” (Rene Edwards)
I am impressed by the participation of the “Guest Partners” in this project and of their work at the CRC and in assisting the new homeless persons that arrive on the street every week. You guys are an example of what community is all about. You share with others everything you have. You care for others!

Placerville Seventh Day Adventist church held a “Ministry Fair” that highlighted all of the ministries that they are involved with, including table displays, banners, and “the whole works.” This Fair  exhibited ministries that are outside of their individual church. We should remember that Placerville Seventh Day Adventist Church sort of “started it all” with their Camino Church in partnership with United Outreach under the direction of Roz, the then president, and then Art Edwards, hosting the overnight winter shelter 5-6 years ago..

Foothill UMC is involved in reaching out to those who have the least with a variety of projects. The first  is called “SOCK IT TO ME!” – a collection of socks and toilet paper for the homeless of El Dorado County.  The IMPACT leadership group at Lakeview Elementary school in El Dorado Hills was also inspired to have their own collection and it is going strong!!  The youth of Foothills UMC will be delivering socks, toilet paper, hygiene kits and other needed items to the homeless population in El Dorado County on Saturday May 19. Everything left over from the “Great Give-away”  will then be distributed by JSS in the following weeks.

The goal is to get people in our communities to see what good the churches can do for others and to support all peoples who are in need of help. .

The groups like Hands4Hope, CN ministry, and individuals to numerous to name that make, and deliver food to the homeless encampments under the direction of Dee Hook and her group of willing volunteers at FAITH are all part of the fabric of El Dorado County.

You ask how is it coming with the city and a micro-shelter development. Welllllllllll, remember it is a city project, involving a city government, and the citizens of that city. I will say step #1, #2, #3 have been taken. Remember city/county governments, four steps forward, and three steps back. etc, etc, When we arrive at the “get together active labor ” part, I’ll let you know. And ask for your help………………… This project with the City of Placerville does not replace the need for a “Sober Re-Entry Facility” in the County.

That “Higher Power” has heard our cry, and things are falling into place. Unfortunately, our time frame does not jive with His time frame 😉 But our cries and prayers have been heard.

I have heard of other groups/ministries starting projects, but I do not have any particular information  to report at this time.

Ron Sachs 😉
Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)
www.JobsShelters.Org

Homeless Issues #41

YES, YES, YES.
“Do you want a Homeless Shelter in this city”? That was the question put forth by a County Supervisor. “No, we don’t, but we have the problem in our city, and we have to deal with it.”  The reply by the city……….. (Actually, none of us want to have homeless persons at all who are in need of sheltering, but we do have them.)
Dealing with it. The City of Placerville recognized a problem, faced that problem, and decided to do something about that problem.  They didn’t refuse to acknowledge a glaring situation that effects the very citizens of El Dorado County as the BOS has done..
Our hats are off to the City Council of Placerville who recognized a problem and stepped up and addressed the problem, and for the endorsement of the Chief of Police. . That is what a government is supposed to do.
The city now has a city representative who will join organization meetings to keep the City Council and City Manager up to date on homeless issues. Art Edwards is the person chosen.
The city has received a parcel of land to erect modular shelters for our homeless population. I helped to “pace it” off today. It is in a great location.
The city is responsible to all of the citizens of their city.
Thank You City Council! …………………. I’ll keep all of you informed as the clearing, building, organizing, and volunteering progresses.
I just had to get this out! 6 years of heartbreaks, 6 years of praying, 6 years of prodding. Can we all work together to pull it off? WE CAN!
Ron Sachs 😉
Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)
www.JobsShelters.Org

Homeless Issues #40

“Clearing the park”

I have had many people ask me how the “clearing of Lumsden Park” went. From the standpoint of some who lived there, it was done compassionately by the Placerville Police Department. The CRC, assisted in the clean up, and the Police Dept. were helpful to the community as well as treated those homeless persons who lived in the park with dignity. Notice of the clean-up wqw given to the residents and their tent site. Those persons who heeded the notice, took down their tents and moved to another place. Those persons who stayed at their tent site had their tent taken down, packed up and given to them so they could move on. And yes I heard of the ravaging of personal property etc. coming from those who feel entitled to, be catered to, or “just complain.”.

I want to give congratulations to the Placerville Police Dept. and to the CRC for their participation in this “clean-up,” and how they conducted it.

This did not end homelessness in El Dorado County! All of those persons had to move someplace. Some went to another location; some went to the Winter Shelter programs, which will come to an end, held by the four churches; some just went to the “streets.” The problem is not solved. It just has been temporarily moved.

I have heard people say, “Why don’t they just move to Sacramento? Our homeless population is from El Dorado County, born here, went to school here, worked here, lost their jobs here, became addicted here, and are just like many of us who have supportive friends, loved ones, families,and/or familiarity with “home ground” here in El Darodo County. There is none of that in Sacramento or any other place. This is their home!. And yet we still have cold hearts to contend with. And, of course, the “I’m privileged and those people are not” group stays hidden but is much alive.


Shelter at the churches will end March 30, 2012. What then?????
Well, JSS has handled the distribution of tents, sleeping bags, rope and tarps, working through the CRC and other providers of services to the homeless, for the last few years. JSS expected to get some financial help to provide tents etc. from a private entity. That has not happened. Big disappointment. JSS, with the help of churches, individuals, and just plain people who care, will come to their rescue. SOOOOOOOOooo,,,, step up churches, organizations, and just us plain, caring people. I was told today, within one hour of receiving the, end of shelter information, reported above, that the Placerville 7th Day Adventist church has collected 27 tents and/or money to supply 27 tents and 27 sleeping bags. Not only that,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, but they have pledges for even more. And leading by example, Pastors Ron Mellor and Pastor Roy Hager and the Youth Pastor slept out in the open, overnight, on a cold wet night, with other members of their church family, to accent the need. OK! Any other group want to take on this very worthwhile challenge, of giving a person a place to go to when it rains, when they need to be alone, when they want to cry, rest, read a book, pray for a better life, or think about tomorrow??????? Will you get a drive going at your church????? Please Do! Dome tents should be no smaller than 7’X7′; Sleeping bags should be rated to 25 or 30 degrees. Light indoor bags just don’t make it. Think $25.00 each tent and each bag. Send checks to: JSS, P.O. Box 1839, Shingle Springs, Ca. 95682-9998, designate checks for “tents & bags,” or “open for special needs” JSS is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. You will get a letter acknowledging your contribution. Tents/bags can be left at Foothills UMC at 3301 Green valley Rd. Rescue/Cameron Park, Ca. 95672. OR I will come pick them up from your church or organizations location.

SRF Sober Re-Entry Facility info. 2/13/12, we had the Continuum of Care committee meeting today. A Long, long discussion was held on who should be in charge the CoC: County or a Lead Non-Profit organization. The CoC is hiring a consulting firm to coordinate the ED County CoC and the federal government. Thanks to the EDCF for the funding for this……………. Regarding the SRF Sober Re-Entry Facility. The CoC agreed to go forward with our plans to start the process of organizing those who stepped up and said they would be involved in the operation and maintenance of a Sober Re-Entry Facility. We will e-mail those who are on board with this project for a meeting in the very near future.

Those who are new to this newsletter might want to go to our web site below and read the 39 past issues of “Homeless Issues” and get to know us.

Homeless Issues #39

What about that SUPER meeting on Jan. 9th?

The one about a facility for sober, homeless citizens of El Dorado County.

Well, 44 people showed up. Not the 100 I was praying for. We had a good cross-section of those who had various commitments to investing time and energy in helping the sober, homeless population of El Dorado county re-enter “the main stream.”  9 people marked the sign-in roster with an big asterisk, indicating that they wanted to participate in making a facility for sober, homeless citizens of ED County work.

It was pointed out that Progress House and Vitality Lake Tahoe/Sierra Recovery Center had empty beds for homeless persons and were very under-used. Something like 20 some beds were available. We thought we should check this out. Progress House: I know homeless persons and others, who are/were under their care for recovery of addiction. They are a premier rehabilitation center serving all who are addicted, at a fee, that fee is not always affordable to persons who are homeless.

I am familiar with Progress House, I needed to check the possibility that persons who are sober/non-addicted would be welcome. I got their info. that is current on their web site. Then I phoned the number that was posted on their web site. A young lady answered the phone, and I said I was inquiring about the services provided by Progress House. My questioning was as if I was interested in applying to Progress House. I did not get far and was told that they are a recovery facility and if I was not addicted they could not help. (This is all paraphrased, not word for word.)  I did the same with Vitality Lake Tahoe/Sierra Recovery Center. I am really jacked up with knowing that they will accept sober persons who are homeless. I know Progress House charges for “Out Patient” as well as “In Patient” services…………..  I ask, that if one finds out that they do accept sober persons, the question arises, is what happens when they need the beds for substance abuse treatment or transitional services for that population; and my other concern is the issue of the appropriateness of services available or influence of the addicted at those facilities, in meeting the needs of sober homeless persons.

Tuesday’s meeting of the Nomadic Shelter Providers committee reveled that 4-5 out of 10 persons who use the CRC are sober persons. That is 40% to 50%. Thus, as sober, they are not able to enter a recovery center. A transitional/re-entry facility is very much needed so that those who are not addicted, are sober, can move on in their lives to becoming productive members of our community

Almost 25%, attending the meeting, that included some who are opposed to the idea of this facility, indicated that they would put time and efforts into this project. What would happen if 25% of all of you who have some interest in our homeless population stepped up and said, “Include Me! That would give us over 100+ people on this project for a facility for sober, homeless citizens of El Dorado County..

The Nomadic Shelter is going very well. The shelters are having some of the sober, motivated, helpful, “guests” assist in the operation of the shelters. These persons are doing a great job as the volunteerism within some of the churches wanes and “burn-out” sets in. You are encouraged to step up and give 2-3 hours a week helping at one of the shelter sites..

Homeless Issues #35

Yep, It’s COLD outside!

The Winter Shelter programs are starting up in the various churches. Your volunteer help is needed at many levels; moral support, prayers, time and money are in great demand. Please help us out!

We are starting to put into place a Transitional/Re-enter Housing facility for those single homeless persons who want to re-enter our community as productive and self-sustaining members. Allow me to take you through the steps and ask for your support in the county project.

#1. Propose the project to the Community Action Council. I represent Supervisor Nutting on the council. Set up a sub-committee, I am the Chair, to refine the proposal before it is sent to Continuum of Care, Housing, Community and Economic Development Programs…………. Done!

#2. Go before the Continuum of Care Stakeholders to find out if there is enough interest in the community to proceed with the proposal as put forth.

#3. Another group/committee is formed to sort out the particulars of where is an available location (we have one in mind), sorting out what organizations will be doing what, who/how/what the building would be constructed, where the money will come from, and at least ten other things that I have not thought of yet.
#4. Not sure where we go from here.
#5. Goes to the Board of Supervisors. Hearings, deliberations, etc. Prayerfully receive the BOS blessings.
#6 Get started on the project. (Maybe!)

And you want to go into public service???????? 😉

Here is the outline. Keep in mind that some homeless persons will not to go into any kind of a housing program, for whatever reasons. We need a  projection on how many persons we can give quality help to in a facility. We note that El Dorado County has facilities for women with children in place now. The plan is to include all Non-profit, Homeless providers, that are now in operation in this county: Interviewing, self-help programs, feeding, spiritual counseling and support, facility infrastructure, churches, and persons who have the heart and want to get involved. Your organization will be a part of this project.

The three main points to be included are:

  1. Housing for men and women without children,
  2. Transitional/re-entry in nature,
  3. To provide services for a maximum of 25 persons wishing to follow a planned itinerary. These services would include the ability to expand to larger numbers if warranted by the influx of persons on parole.

1. Introduction:

a. Developing a transitional/re-entry system that works.

b. Targeting the homeless persons without children, who want to follow a program fitted to their special needs.

c. Some homeless want out of homelessness, and need a transition option; some want to stay in homelessness.

d. Limit the number to 25 at one time so that quality of services can be maintained. With the ability to expand to larger numbers if warranted by the influx of persons on parole into our county.

Now, what I can do with a few strokes of the key board NOW.

E-Mail To: Beverly.Savage@edcgov.us ...CC: Ronald.Sachs@yahoo.comSubject: Re-entry facility ….. Message: I support this effort of the county, and will do what I can to assist. Send:

Then: Get all the people in El Dorado County that you know to also send in this message.

Homeless Issues #34

Fall is Falling into place. Getting prepared!

 

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS) is gearing up for the fall and winter months. From April 11, until September 11 of this year, JSS, working with the CRC, has given out 56 tents, 64 sleeping bags, plus blankets, to 76 persons who had no place to go except in a tent, or when available, a car to sleep. The major expense that JSS incurs is purchasing tents and sleeping bags. Plus the deodorant, tooth past, tooth brushes, mouth wash, “wipes,” razors, lady hygiene supplies, as well as special needed items for persons who have special needs. Such as adult diapers for those who have need for them. The donations collected by various groups of toilet paper and socks, the items that are most needed, keeps us being able to provide for those who have the very least in our community.

 

 

JSS is exhibiting “WE’R DO’N IT” (street talk) for what we do, at the Fall Festival, at FUMC 3301 Green valley Rd. Rescue/Cameron Park on September 16 from 11:30 until 5:00 PM. Come on out and have some family fun. It will be a GREAT TIME! JSS shirts will be on sale. The front of the shirt is inspirational. Come get one, for a small donation. …………. BTW the JSS table Exhibit is available for any organization that wants to volunteer to collect the toilet paper, socks, and/or repackage “wipes.” It’s really neat looking. And powerful. Get your youth groups involved by hosting a ““WE’R DO’N IT” event. Your group gathers and we have a packaging of the “Wipes event,” that includes a talk on the plight and understanding the homeless population, then conduct a collection drive for the persons in our community who have the least, ending, when we go out into the community to the places that homeless persons and at risk persons congregate and deliver our labors. Fun and educational.

 

 

The winter shelter is gearing up. It looks like all 7 nights will be covered this winter but with individual churches responsible for pick-up and returning those who were sheltered back to where they were picked up the nighty before. Church contacts are; Green Valley CC, Thursday & Friday, 530-409-9219; Cold Springs CC, Sunday & Wednesday, 530-306-9192; Foothills UMC, Tuesday & Saturday, 530-333-5787; and Solid Rock Foundation, Monday, 530-422-2038; will be the host churches this winter. We have to give many thanks to Mike Parr and Frank Gates in getting togeather a large group of churches to partisapate in helping the host churches pull this off. Contact the individual churches or the Community Resource Center for times and pick-up locations. The shelter will start Nov. 1 and go until March 31, or possability April 31 depending on weather………………

 

 

2011 Wine and Olive Oil Tasting Event, Oct. 8 @ 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Benefiting the Community Resource Center. Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane, El Dorado Hills, Ca.

 

 

The BIG news; After the full board, and the board advisers, of JSS met on Sept. 19, it was decided to undertake the dream of building a facility, as a transitional unit for the single persons who find themselves without a place to stay safe as they re-enter the work force. Working with others, we plan to build this facility. We have transitional housing for women with children in the county now. This would be the only safe, and protected, place for the single person to go as they re-enter the work force and again become contributors to our community. We will be asking for your help and prayers in achieving that goal. This would be one place to collect themselves and “get on with their lives.” They would benefit from the resources that the others provides, have a warm bed during the winter months, a shower, and a place to hang their clothing as they work to re-enter the work force.

 

This is a huge undertaking and is going to require everyone’s participation and help. It won’t “happen over night,” but we need to begin now. If all goes well, we could see results within a few years.

 

 

We need your help in convincing the County Board of Supervisors and others in our community that this facility is a must. El Dorado County is the only county in Californians that does not have, or pay for, some facility for single persons who are out of work and need re-entry assistance..

 

 

 

Homeless Issues #33

The Sun Shines, our Hearts follow. Good Day;
We hear a lot about our homeless community in and around Placerville but do not know much about those who survive in the out-lying areas of our county and the groups who attempt to care for their needs. Allow me to tell you about one group.

For more than a decade the Pioneer Bible Church has been serving those in need in the communities of Mt. Aukum, Somerset, Fairplay and River Pines. Sometimes their service reaches as far as Pleasant Valley, Grizzly Flat and Omo Ranch. Handing out food and clothing is their normal practice. The homeless often have no transportation. The Pioneer Bible Church volunteers have driven them to all sorts of appointments–often to the hospital when the need arises. The Pioneer Bible Church provides internet service for them so that they can search for employment, file for unemployment, etc. They provide all sorts of counsel that is within their scope of expertise. They try to become friends and celebrate their joys with them. Birthday celebrations, meeting their children and grandchildren are times of encouragement. The pastor has taken care of their funeral needs when it seemed like few people cared.  Every Wednesday bags of food are given out. On the fourth Friday of every month the “Mt Aukum Angles” partnering with Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS), with  Beverly Matson at the helm of JSS, give out food and the necessities of homeless life that JSS is known for. You will find the Red Jeep of JSS at Pioneer Bible Church every fourth Friday of the month.

Homelessness begins at birth in many cases. An unwanted child. A child that was never hugged, nurtured, or sung to by its mother because the mother herself was never hugged, nurtured, or sung to. The progression goes on–reproducing the same results. Can we stop this progression? Can we teach a new mother to hold her child, sing to her child, nurture her child? Many of us take that nurturing for granted. We just think that all mothers know how to nurture a baby. “That was the way I was brought up.” Many never had that beginning, so now we are challenged to take care of these of God’s children who are culturally, emotionally, challenged in this world. Contact WIC Program, ED County Dept. of Human Services, (530)621-6176

JSS has struck up a partnership with Snowline Hospice to provide the pants, T-shirts, shorts, etc. from their overstock as well as the socks, toilet paper, and other necessities that JSS has traditionally provided to our homeless population in this county. John Dutton is out every Friday with shirts and pants as well as other necessities that the homeless need to survive. CN Ministries from Georgetown UMC in the Georgetown area also partners with JSS in the northern part of the county and the Community Resource Center.

One person or one organization can not do everything alone. We can all work together to achieve the same goals, show the same commitments, the same compassion, the same for our brothers and sisters who have the very least in life. Not one of us has the full knowledge to come to grips with all the problems of homelessness. We need to understand that those who have no future, no incentive, no will to change, will always be with us. So we must ask, “Does the stray, lost, starving dog deserve more then the stray, lost, starving person?” We have the county supported SPCA for the dog. What do we have for the person? With no outlay of money by the County government we can provide shelter for the stray, lost, starving person. All we need is support, excess county land or unused buildings so that the community can come together and provide for those who have the least in our community.

“There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not tender and compassionate.”-South.

We want to thank those who donate to our cause through our web site PayPal. You are a great blessing. Thanks SOoooo very much.

Homeless Issues #32

UPs and DOWNS, Pot Holes and Mountains to climb and Mountains to coast down in our journeys on the roads of life.

An UPSusie (Zoz), Maureen, Carl, Janis, Tom, Pauline, Dana, Gail, Lisa, Lynn, Dorothy, the “In-take” coordinators at the Community Resource Center, who sit down and interview the homeless persons who come to the CRC for help. These people assess the needs of the clients that pass through the door. Are there– Mental challenges? Cultural challenges? Physical Challenges? Do they need assistance navigating the Social Welfare system? What about where to worship, get food, get clothing, get connected to the life as a homeless person? All this falls on the shoulders of these persons from their faith-based mission, to help the ones who have the least in our society. Also they go the extra mile by taking cliants to appointments and attending to the special needs of this group of people.

The CRC is an alcohol-free island in a sea of frustration, chemical abuse, fear, depression, and perceived disaster by those leaving foster care, jail, court hearings, and all the other disasters that can befall people in life. They hold a line of hope. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR GIVING AND YOUR HEARTS.

Mountains to climb …. “Community Block Grant 2012/2013 Program Year Community Action Plan” Public Hearing.

I found this document quite good. However, I would ask where in this plan are provisions for affordable housing for the homeless, singles/couples, who do not have any means to pay any rent in the foreseeable future, or for the homeless, singles/couples, who are not capable of taking care of themselves due to mental challenges, physical challenges, and culture challenges? These are sometimes referred to as “the forgotten” the “unwanted” the “no future story” group of citizens found in our County. This group is left out when you hear the term “Affordable Housing” for our people.These are also the people that the city of Placerville as well as the County authorities want to keep moving around from place to place.

THEY WILL NOT DISAPPEAR!!!!!!!! This group of people are our citizens; they do not have any place to go!

Mountains to coast down …. After years of JSS and others, attempting to get the very first line to well-being in health, and attitude, having started and failing again and again, the CRC is about to pull it off. A place for our homeless population to take showers. Many don’t realize that the most expensive medical care, is using the Emergency Room at a hospital financed by us in one way or another. Showers help prevent diseases and the spreading of disease to others. Showers prevent infection in wounds, Etc, Etc. Etc. .We thank the 20+ volunteers assembled at the CRC for pulling this off.

Pot Holes …… Many to overcome. The ED Commmunity Foundation is looking to help overcome those pot holes with a grant of $60,000.00 details to be worked out by the principal of the different homeless provider groups and the ED Community Foundation.

Congratulations to Lisa Whitaker. Lisa has been the “face” of homeless in our community for many years. I am honored to have her as a friend for four and more years. WELL ………. Ms. Whitaker has completed her first semester at college with A in three subjects and a B in the other. Her major is in Humanities. She is studying to be a Social Worker. GREAT JOB LISA!!!!!!

BTW …… We have high lighted Foothills UMC, Cold Springs CC, Rolling Hills CC, and I have not mentioned much appricated efforts made by the Green Valley CC. You Guys are doing a great job! THANKS!!!!!!!!

Personal Mortality …….. I suffered a small stroke and my mortality has made itself known. Here is where YOU pray-fully fit in. As you know JSS is the provider of toilet paper, socks, hygiene items, clothing, tents, sleeping bags, etc. etc. to our homeless population wherever they congregate. Lumsden Park, Hangtown motel, CRC, etc. I have been doing this for the last four years, going 3-4 days a week and sometimes more as needs arise.

JSS needs assistance in providing that service on Saturdays and/or during the week. JSS will provide most, if not all, supplies to be given out from its storage unit in Diamond Springs. Also needed are donations you and/or your group can collect. That storage unit is available every day except Monday, to pick up supplies. On Tuesdays, “Cup of Soup” provides the minimum supplies, toilet paper, socks, and hygiene items like deodorant and toothpaste etc. We want you to fill in on Saturday or Thursday. Reply to: Ronald.Sachs@Yahoo.com

What we ask is that You and/or your group would make it part of your service to the homeless of ED County, to go to the places of congregation, and pass out the necessities of surviving in homelessness. I will continue to “make my rounds” during the week on the days that will not be covered.

There is room for all groups that want to partisapate in providing the necessaties of life to the homeless population of El Darodo County, to those who have the least. No one enitiy should dominate. Cooperation amoung all of the providers, pray-fully shared, respecfully, honoring each other, will prevail.

Ron Sachs 😉

Jobs Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)
www.JobsShelters.Org