Homeless Issues #31

ARE WE ONLY HEARING HALF OF IT!

Only about half of the homeless persons in El Dorado County are surviving in and around Placerville and the upper Broadway locations. The Upper Room where feeding those who walk through the door, and had been fed for eight plus years, and the new CRC, Community Resource Center, providing other services are fixed locations like Green Valley Community Church. Homeless persons have to get to these locations on there own somehow.

The other half are served by organizations that are mobile and go to the locations where Homeless and at risk persons congregate which are much more accessible than the Upper Room and the CRC and upper Broadway. These organizations don’t get the press, County monies, or large foundation grants and have to rely on church, faith, and other organizations to donate clothing, wipes, toilet paper, socks, and the every-day needs of persons who find themselves homeless or at risk of being homeless. Those with public assistance of $900.00 per month and pay rent of $800.00 per month need our help for food and basics of life also. We still need your help!

Cup of Noodles in Georgetown; F.A.I.T.H, Cold Springs CC food outreach; Pioneer Bible Church & (JSS) Job’s Shelters of the Sierra in Pioneer area of Eastern ED County; are just a few of the organizations that go to the people, to provide services. They all need your support in money and donations.

The Winter Shelter has ended for this year. “Our citizens” of El Dorado County, who have cultural challenges, mental challenges, circumstance, and yes, just plain “hard luck,” find themselves completely without and need assistance to survive. None that I have ever met chose this in there lives. Some have been caught up in the life style, some become addictive to alcohol or drugs as self*medication for social and medical needs. We need to remember that they are people. A Christian person would say they are God’s children, others see a Spiritual connection to those who have the least in there lives. A “Higher Power” tells us that we all should act.

Donations to the organizations that “Go To The People” are needed: summer clothing, toilet paper, socks, wipes, jeans and work pants, are the highest priorities and can be left at Foothills UMC located at 3301 Green Valley Rd. Rescue/Cameron Park. Monday through Thursday 9-2:00 PM. The feeding programs of FAITH, Cold Springs CC, and Cup of Noodles, need dollars to continue their works.

JSS alone has provided 19 tents to our homeless population already this year who were, and are, in need of shelter. Thank you so very much for those donations that made these possible.

JSS had received allegations of sheriff deputies misconduct and investigated the incident. Ron has been working with the homeless population for 20+ years and has been “coned”, “hood winked”, and “taken advantage of” in the past. Well, I was conned again. When a deputy responses to a call by a citizen, all transactions are video and audio recorded. I was invited to view the transaction between the homeless couple and the two responding deputies involved in the allegation. The deputies who responded were courteous, respectful, friendly and professional in the way they handled the incident. Sargent  Mike Cook phoned me and set up an appointment, and we had a long conversation. After the review of everything, I apologized to him and the department for the time taken out to resolve the allegations. The Sheriff Dept. did a great job. Thank you guys! We count on you!

Please bring to the attention of your church organization the need to host one night a week, next winter, a sheltering of the homeless of your community.

JSS with the help of Rolling Hill CC hosted one night. We had 15-18 most nights and 24 one night. This was a very rewarding and a thankful contribution to our citizens who have the least. Don’t worry about the mats or sleeping bags, that is all taken care of. Pray about it, talk about it, act upon it.
Ron Sachs 😉

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

Homeless Issues #30

Good day as well as a good evening warm and safe.

I have some news regarding our homeless population;

Locations: Placerville vicinity=140 … South Lake Tahoe=66 … So. ED county Somerset/Mt. Aukum vicinity=25…  total 231 persons counted. JSS, and others estimate that there are at least 70 persons that were not found and are not in this count.

Out of the total 231 count about 28 were counted and the other 70 missing the count, are the homeless people we see and don’t see as we travel our county, are those who visit our Nomadic Winter Shelter program and are living in tents or in the open. The other 203 persons are in Emergency Shelters of some kind. They reside temporarily with family and friends, in a Domestic Violence shelter, Substance Abuse Rreatment programs, and other locations and programs.

I want to heap praises and thanksgiving on the people of our El Dorado County Community Health Center, located on Golden Center Dr. That organization receives no financial  funding from El Dorado County government.

They provide health care to our homeless population at little or no cost to those they serve. Many of our homeless population have mental issues and are, in some cases, very mentally impaired. The Community Health Center has a three months waiting period for a mental health doctor who can take time to attempt to address the mental conditions the person might be suffering from and help correct or counsel them. Our County government mental health program is for emergency situations only, where a person is going to harm themselves or others immediately; and only rudimentary treatment for a very short time is given.

I pray that you give your support to the Community Health Center; they are the only alternative to that self-medication that cures pain, depression, loneliness, and comes in a little bottle for only $5.00. Community Health Center web site … www.eldoradocounty.org … a tax deductible non-profit organization. I recently got news that an “at risk” friend died because he could not afford “health insurance.” And he was a wonderful, loving, and giving person. He could not purchase his life because he was poorly educated and had to live life doing “pick-up” work. He not only worked for himself but worked to help others who could not pay him. The Community Health Center is the only salvation for those “at risk” and homeless persons we have in El Dorado county.

The Nomadic Winter Shelter, as we know it now, will close down on March 31. Those 20+ persons will be “out and about” as before. They will need tents to have a little place to keep warm, and feel that they have at least some kind of home. I pray that our new law enforcement officials will use understanding and compassion when possible while enforcing our laws. In the past I don’t feel the humanity for our citizens who have the least, were ever considered. I know the new sheriff, and respect his humanity and understanding of the problems concerning our homeless population. I expect him to uphold the laws, with the love and kindness he has shown, while traveling with me to the encampments and gathering places of the “at risk” and homeless population of this county. El Dorado, you made a good choice. High praises and all the love in the world to the volunteers who gave of their time, money, and understanding to the homeless population in the Nomadic Winter Shelter program. Rest well, we will need you again next year.

Ron is “cutting out” for about a month. Dave Justice of Cup of Noodles, in his van will take my place on Tuesdays delivering the necessities of life as well as his cups of noodles, for our homeless population. Curtis Ludwick will cover Fridays in our red Jeep. Socks, toilet paper, deodorant, clean clothing, and the other necessities will continue to be given out. The items you have donated to our cause are necessities. Our cause is being human to our fellow humans who have the least.

F.A.I.T.H., our feeding program really needs help cooking and/or delivering.  if you can do either one or both just one day a week. Just one day a week for one and a half hours one day. or one or two days a month, Contact Dee Hook @ 916-201-4619 or 916-941-9541

The Community Resource Center is now only open from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM, five days a week. Their contact number is .. 530-344-1864 ..

Homeless Issues #29

We now have the numbers on the homeless population of El Dorado County. We have interviewed and received data from 231 persons living in our county. I estimate that 70+ persons were not found on the days that this count was taken. This is the best census taken by ED County on their homeless population since I have been involved with ED County and participating in the counting of this segment of our population.

Thank you, Dept. of Human Services, ED County, you did a great job!

JSS is in need of tents for when the winter shelter program ends. As always, socks, toilet paper, and now as the summer months approach, deodorant. If anything is dropped off at the Community Resource Center destined for JSS, please attach a tag saying it is for JSS. Also PLEASE join us at the following workshop.

Community Workshop

On

Alcoholism, Addiction & Co-Dependency

(First In A Series)

For Clergy, Churches, Homeless Providers, Advocates & Volunteers

(But Everyone is Always Welcome)

Friday March 4, 2011

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Foothills United Methodist Church

3301 Green Valley Road

Rescue, CA 95672

Featuring speakers from the

alcohol and drug counseling profession,

Celebrate Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous,

Narcotics Anonymous & Al-Anon

Check-In and Continental Breakfast @ 8:30AM

Program Begins @ 9:00AM

Lunch Provided

For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact:

Michael Parr @ 530-333-5787 or

Suzanne Parr @ 530-676-1468 or

Email mooncalf62@earthlink.net

Sponsored by

The El Dorado County Community Health Center &

F.A.I.T.H. (Feeding And Inspiring The Homeless)

Homeless Birthday Issue 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)

Yep folks, JSS was officially Incorporated Oct. 2007 and we got our IRS tax status of a 501(3)(C) non-profit in February 2008, that makes us about 3 years old legally. However, we were at work “illegally” years earlier 😉

Thank you to those who we grew up with us in caring for the homeless persons in our community.

We started out spending the nights at the United Outreach winter shelter facility at the Camino Church under the direction of Raz. Then we worked very close with Art Edwards when he took over when Raz left. Working with Art in the many facets and problems of homelessness in our County and attempting to fill those needs, we settled in our niche to the problem as being a suppler of the many needs of the homeless population. Socks  were the main beginning of our supplies to the homeless population. I passed out socks. I was proudly known as the socks guy. Remembering my own needs and desires when I was homeless, I found that socks provided dry feet, warm feet, and the elimination of a very, very, stinking part of clothing when removed 😉 Socks were a savior. Blankets, tents, toilet paper, and all sorts of clothing became staple in the van for distribution.

Food was another need that was being filled two days a week by Cold Springs CC under the direction of Frank Gates. We knew that the other five days of food were necessary, so we called a meeting at Foothills UMC of those I had made an acquaintance with. When I mentioned the need for providing food to the encampments and gathering places, Mike Parr said “I think I would like to do that.” F.A.I.T.H. is born. Mike took off running and has not stopped–adjusting the locations for providing food to our homeless population as they change with the seasons and political climate at the time. After 2 years morphing in with Frank Gates food distribution, that is 730 meals put together and delivered by un-paid, dedicated, volunteers who have food for the homeless in ED County. Cold Springs CC, who started first, then Foothills UMC joining in, still provides food around the lunch hour, and in some cases is the only meal a homeless person might have in a day. Every day. The “Upper Room” provides a meal every day at their fixed location in the evenings, and has been doing so for 8 years. Bless them all.

There are and were others doing many different things touching the other demographics of homelessness. Mothers with children for example, and at-risk elderly people. But nothing for the single homeless persons on the streets except for Dana LaForce and Rich Meacher and a very few others trying to provide for those in need. We found our niche as suppliers of necessities to that population.

Frank of Cold Springs CC, Mike, and I from Foothill UMC as well as other church groups, attempted to get a winter Shelter started 3 years ago but ran into opposition from County government and community. The seed was planted a ripple forms. We did get in two nights last year and I believe that started a wave that set the stage for the introduction of Bill Roby and the Community Resource Center to finally organize the CRC under the direction of Rene Evans and the foundation that Mr. Roby directs, beginning in the last half of 2010. WE welcome that inclusion. We now provide 7 nights at 4 hosting locations. Next year other host churches? Passably Rolling Hill CC who are working with JSS hosting at Foothills UMC on Wednesday nights will be an addition.

For JSS legally and “illegally” to be involved with the single homeless and at-risk citizens of our County for four and half years, as I was reminded by my wife, is a pleasure. To be the persons in the camps and meeting places where our homeless reside is as down-to-earth as one can get. Thank you Mike, Frank, Art and others for this ride though the story of life.

Each of you who read these issues of “Homeless Issues,” and get involved with donations, time and energy, love and prayer, we say HAPPY BIRTHDAY! YOU MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE!

Thank you for allowing me to reminisce on our beginning and how we got to where we are as I remember it.

JSS Merry Christ-mas

We all at Job’s Shelters of the Sierra are so very grateful for your support over the years. God Bless you all! Your continued support for our ministry and for your support for our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate then we are, is monumental.

Merry Christ-mas and God Bless you!

Their is now, thankfully, places that our citizens who are without, can go to spend a warm, dry night to sleep, every night of the week.

Again ……….. God Bless you all!

Homeless Issues #28

HELP! HELP! us out. PLEASE The “Homeless Issues” is used to transmit information, keeping you informed. The number associated with it signifies the number of issues sent. SOOoooooo…. if you have just joined us, YOU missed 27 issues.

This issue is a request by JSS for help. Please forgive us.

You all have been so generous with your donations of clothing for the homeless, at risk, and borderline citizens of El Dorado County that Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS) needs an ORGANIZER to step up and get a small group together to organize our temporary storage shed in Diamond Springs. That includes separation of donations that we can’t use, organizing the clothes that are hung up, placing “much needed” items up front and prioritizing the rest. …………. I am of the male gender– Un-Organized!

Our permanent “Supply Closet” that we thought we had has been held up; size of the unit was an issue. I asked what size is acceptable and have not gotten any answer. This “Supply Closet” is not a priority to the lessee or the owner of the property. It is a priority to those who are wet and cold and to those who serve them.

If you know of anyone who will allow a 12’X20′ foot building, built to code, to be placed on their property with a lease for 5 years, someplace near where the population we serve reside; i.e., Upper Broadway/New Town Rd., The unit is for storage only and will have a small work crew a couple of days a week. No one will be allowed to “hang around.” WE ARE A 501 (3) (C) NON-PROFIT Organization. This information might be helpfull at tax-time.

Please e-mail me at … Ronald.Sachs@Yahoo.com If you can help us with this project.

I again apologize for using this forum to ask for help.

Homeless Issues #27

Last, Lost, Least, and Left behind some of God’s Children.

You, Me, We, are our God’s instruments to serve.

First full week of the Nomadic Shelter is completed. Bless all! Bless all! WE CAN DO IT!

The host churches/organizations involved are numerous. ALL are working together to bring this Blessed occurrence to our friends/citizens/brothers & sisters who have the least.

Cold Springs CC; Foothills UMC;Green Valley CC and Kokopelli Ranch were the host locations. Host Coordinators Frank/ Mike/ Janis/ Michael /Rene & Ron

The volunteers from so many area churches who were involved in one way or another, are impossible for me to note without getting in trouble by forgetting or not knowing one or two.

This is not just a one-way give, give, our homeless have involved themselves, setting up, causing no problems, helping each other, cleaning up, and packing up the bus for the next location. All are under the supervision of Mrs.LIsa Whitaker the “Shelter Guest Coordinator.” Mrs. Whitaker and I go back a few years together. She was the “mother hen” to the large group that were camped behind K-Mart. I consider her a dear friend. Yes,,,, we do not always agree,,,, we respect each other,,,, And most importantly work together for the benefits of her colleagues in the street without a home to call their own.

Do you or your organization want to get involved??

Cold Springs CC …. Frank Gates @530-306-9191

Foothills UMC Mike Parr @ 530-333-5787

Foothills UMC ….. Ron Sachs  ..Ronald.Sachs@ yahoo.com

Green Valley CC …. Janis Carney @ 530-409-9219

Community Resource Center … Rene Evans @ 530-391-4112
“Let nothing disturb you, Nothing frighten you, All is passing, God does not change, Patience, Attains to all; One who holds to God, Lacks nothing: God alone is enough”………… Saint Theresa of Avila ……

BTW; Check out our web-site. Donations are always greatly appreciated and needed.

Nomatic Winter Shelter

In Seven Days, Just Seven days.

In seven days we begin the Nomadic Shelter to provide a warm and dry place for our brethren to sleep during the winter months.. I am reminded of what is said in the Christian Bible, Matthew 25:40 &45. “what you do/or don’t do for the least of these our brothers, you do to Me.” The following is a report from Michael Parr of F.A.I.T.H. a partner with JSS in providing for those who can’t provide for themselves.

Hi everyone,

It is time to sign up to volunteer at the 2010 – 2001 Nomadic Winter Homeless Shelter nights at Foothills United Methodist Church. ( FUMC).

FUMC will be providing space for the shelter on Wednesday and Saturday nights from mid-November 2010 through the end of March 2011.

(Other shelter nights provided by Cold Springs Community Church (CSCC) and Green Valley Community Church (GVCC) with Federated Church hosting a night at CSCC). We have 5 nights covered this year. A great improvement over last years 2 nights.

Ronald Sachs of FUMC and Jobs Shelters of the Sierra ( JSS) has stepped up and is coordinating Wednesday nights.

The first night is November 17th.

Rolling Hills Church volunteers will help and host this night at FUMC.

Ron has arranged for Wed night/Thursday morning food service.

However, others are invited to participate and work together with RHC volunteers to make this successful.

The more volunteers we have the better.

If you are interested in volunteering on Wednesday nights reply to all on this email and Ron and I will get it.

We really need you help. Kirk Ortiz @ 530-295-7486 from RHC and myself are coordinating this effort on Wednesday night. If we can get many volunteers, each volunteer only needs to serve one or two nights a month.

Michael Parr is coordinating Saturday nights.

The first Saturday night is on November 20th.

Times may change a little. His e-mail address is …………..MoonCalf62@earthlink.net

I am anticipating that we will have a special need on the following nights:

Wednesday, November 24th, night before Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 27th of Thanksgiving weekend

Saturday, December 25th, Christmas night

Saturday, January 1, 2011, New Year’s Day night

Wednesday, March 9, 2011, Ash Wednesday

If you are willing and able to help on these nights or provide any special events for Christmas, New Year’s Night or any other special occasion, please contact Ron or I.

Shelter Opportunities

This meeting is for anyone interested in volunteering at Foothills UMC for the shelter. Any interested person, non-profit, church, or organization is welcome to volunteer!!

Opportunities Abound.

You can only give 2 hours on Wednesday night? GREAT!

I can help monitor. GREAT!

Just one night a week to help shelter those in need? GREAT!

I can even volunteer to stay overnight. GREAT!

We have a bunch of games we can share. GREAT!

We can provide music for an evening. GREAT!

Meeting & ‘Training’

for

The Foothills United Methodist Church

Participation in the 2010/2011 Nomadic Winter Shelter

Wednesday November 3rd

7:00 P.M.

Foothills United Methodist Church

3301 Green Valley Rd

Rescue, CA

Room #3 Education Building

Homeless Issues #25

“We’re Singin’ in the Rain, Just Singin’ in the Rain, What a Glorious feelin’ we’re Happy Again ……… ”       BUT MANY AREN’T!!!!!!!!!
It is that time of year again when the marginal citizens of our county got and will be getting wet as well as cold.
Last year, a loving and benevolent couple went to the Internet and purchased a lot of ponchos and umbrellas  to be given out to our homeless and at-risk population. We need that “rain gear” again and are asking all of our groups to promote donating rain gear and tents for the less fortunate members of our societies. It is also that time of year for winter clothing. Please, no prom dresses and high heal shoes. Women and men dress in men’s work clothes.
We have available “Tri-Fold” information about Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS) that can be given to you for distribution to your groups, organizations, and ministries. We also have an “KNOCK-OUT” 8X10, stand up poster, to go with the “Tri-Folds” to call attention to what JSS does. All ya gotta do is ask us for the “KNOCK-OUT” poster and 50 to 100 of the “Tri-Folds.” We’ll get ’em to ya!
You collect and I’ll pick those donations up and distribute or guide your group to gathering places for distribution. You can tell me how you want to participate and I’ll assist.
JSS needs a couple to distribute supplies during the day time around 12:00 noon and or to distribute evenings to the winter shelter.
OR
Work helping in the “Nomadic Winter Shelter” on Wednesday evenings and nights in Cameron Park area, November, December, January & February then if weather is still bad …….. March.
Contact me by E-mail …. Ronald.Sachs@yahoo.com.
Check out our web site about us.