Ron made a grave mistake in stating that one has to have a symptom of the virus to be tested at the Placerville Fairgrounds.


The reason I was turned down the first time was because the site was not open as yet when I attempted to sign up.


Covid-19 Testing

Testing sites for the west slope of El Dorado County have opened up. Allow me to introduce you to locations on the west slope.

Keep in mind that you can get tested
only if you are showing some systems of the virus. All are by appointment only. Plan ahead! I pray you do not plan to contract the virus ahead of time.
You have to go on your computer to:



And another one is at the CVS Pharmacy in El Dorado Hills:

4330 Latrobe Rd. Town Center Shopping Center.
You must contact through your computer for an appointment:                 


The South Lake Tahoe has had a testing site for some time.
Lake Tahoe Community College (Tuesdays-Saturdays) 
1 College Drive
S. Lake Tahoe, Ca. 96150
Tuesday – Saturday
Hours 7:00 AM-12:00 PM & 1:00PM-7:00 PM


it is common sense.  This is not political;
Wear a mask. Avoid crowds, Use sanitizer,
and Wash your hands.




Do You Care?

Do you care? Do you want to stay informed or do you just want to drop the whole “Homeless mess” in the County?

Did you open the last “Homeless Issues”?



  You, have a good day. And pray that you don’t join this group. Or prepare to join this group.


Homeless Issues #164

Project RoomKey is the program run by the county that places vulnerable homeless people in hotels and addressing that their particular problems while they are in the hotel. They are given instructions and encouragement in anticipation that they become able to go out into our community safely and productively.

Those in the hotels now run about 25 or so. And RoomKey personnel are focusing on helping the homeless in their care to move forward as they are able to address the barriers preventing stable, sheltered living. Those homeless persons chosen have to follow guidelines. The two or three who could not go along with this program were removed from the program.

NOW, when the RoomKey project ends, possibly at the end of July, where do these people go?? Put them back out on the street, back to despair and nothingness?

#1 FACT for a homeless person. If you want “it,” you HAVE to keep “it” with you at all times. If not “it” will be stolen. Now, giving those who have been in the “RoomKey” program a tent and a sleeping bag when they leave, and having them carry a tent and a bag around every day is
LUDICROUS. Tent and bag are gone in two days.

SUGGESTION: Ask the County to give a parcel of land for these persons to legally set up their tent, experience “Community,” and receive assistances from volunteers with various specialties. Having the Hangtown Haven Organization oversee the operation. JSS would provide the 30 tents and bags. Both of these organizations successfully operated such an encampment in the past. The same routine that they now work under could be continued. The same persons now working with these persons would continue to work with them to prepare them for self-sufficiency. Get your County Supervisor and County Health and Services  involved.

Covid-16: As of 07/02, it looks like we have 4 persons in the ICU attempting to recover from the virus. 60% of the cases in our county involves persons ages 18-49. 101 persons have or had tested positive in South Lake Tahoe and 44 in El Dorado Hills. Our two epicenters.

Do I assume that those who do not want to wear a mask, because it infringes on their personal freedoms, also do not buckle up their seatbelts when they drive? Or do they not put their child in a seat restraint because it infringes on their right to be safe? Or go around with open sores infecting others because it infringes on their rights? I wrongly assumed that the educated were educated. Should those spreaders of diseases be educated or incarcerated? This Covid-19 is not a hoax. Go visit an ICU unit. Unfortunately, the spreaders of diseases don’t know or don’t care.


May your “freedoms” not jeopardize the health of others.

Take care good people, and may your God protect and guide you from others who would
               jeopardize your health                   


Ron Sachs       

Homeless w/no shelter this winter

20 homeless persons who were deemed as “at risk” have been housed in a hotel under direction and supervision of the El Dorado County Covid-19 task force. 2 persons could not bring themselves to follow the rules and directions and had to be removed. As the Covid-19 Task force had been staying in touch with the homeless community and assisting them to help prevent the spreading the virus; we have not seen any spread of the virus among the homeless population. THAT IS GREAT NEWS! Nice warm weather and being “out and about” has been wonderful.


What has to change: A. One non-profit entity needs to take on the responsibility and liability to take on the task of providing and supervising a shelter location. B. A Privately-or County-owned building. A location to house the shelter with proper “Use Permits.” C. County financing is possible. D. State and Federal financing available.

A project needs Funding, Facilities and an Agency to run it.



In November of 2009 the Nomadic Shelter was conceived and activated by the faith community. JSS was there. The Nomadic Shelter has never had 7 churches hosting the shelter. (one for each night) For 10 years 5 churches of the Faith Community have tried to handle it, some churches doubling up. Now the Volunteers are worn out! Now the churches are worn out after 10 winters.

If the homeless
citizens of our county are out in the cold weather, who cares? Humans of the same species? Dog of the gutter? Who/What cares?

JSS persons, Brian, Collene and John are out every Monday and Thursday providing the necessary hygiene items to our homeless population in an attempt to keep them healthy and to show them that they are thought of as humans as ourselves. Do you have an answer to the Homeless problem?

Do you know who our Homeless are and the percentage of them who can’t be helped by just providing a building? Let us look at the numbers.

We have 613 persons counted as homeless in El Dorado County; 63% are Male; 35% are Female; 2% Non-conforming; —— 42% have Mental Health Disabilities (257 persons); 36% have Chronic Health Conditions (220 persons); 30% admitted to Substance Abuse (183 persons); 24% have Physical Disabilities (147 persons); 7% have Developmental Disabilities (42 persons); Or combinations of the above. The figure of 30% substance abuse is way below the figure that I have experienced in the field as well as in the winter shelters. Some, as myself, have estimated a many as 50-60% are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Are there homeless just like you and me, but without income and a sheltered place to live???? Yes, I was one. And I know 10 who were homeless but now work and pay taxes and some now own homes.

Ever think of who the “homeless” really are?
Now you know.



Community Outreach

It happened in “God’s” county, the South County of El Dorado County. Little of bricks, concrete and streets galore. This is the “Beauty of The Earth.” Independent people who work hard, expect nothing from anyone, and are truly loving their neighbors who are not crammed up beside them. But many are living below the “Poverty Line.” Yes, OK, I’m partial to “Nature” and the animals and people who inhabit this area. This is my home territory.

A beacon of Hope in this area is the Pioneer Bible Church. And Pastor Jim Eggert.


Our community outreach team went to south county today, enjoying the beautiful weather and lovely landscape of Somerset.  We were able to educate 63 people on Covid-19, wearing masks, social distancing, etc!  Everyone was so kind and asked great questions about all that is going on.  A huge thank you to Ron from Job’s Shelter, Peg and Don Vanderkar, for organizing today, and the super cool team of Pat, Ed, Madeline and Allison from the Public Health Department! 

Shaunda Crane, RN, MS, CWCN, PHN
Director of Care Coordination for Vulnerable Populations 

De De’s church volunteers were giving out food to those in need, while across the street the El Dorado county outreach team was connecting with the citizens of the south county while they awaited their turn in receiving the food packages.

As the cars lined up each of the trained volunteers spoke with the driver and any passengers involved, taking their temperature, answering any of many questions, giving out masks, and detailed instructions on were to go to be tested if necessary. Importantly, reassuring as well as informing the people the hazards and cautions involved with Covid-19. Many did not have access to masks, and thought that this virus was just like a cold and had not take any precautions. Many believed that this Covid-19 Virus was a hoax.

I would suggest many more of these “Outreach” programs be extended to other parts of our County.
To our General citizenry       


Homeless Issue #162

Colleen and I were at The Upper Room on Thursday to interduce Colleen to those homeless individuals congregating at The Upper Room on Thursdays. She will be distributing the “Necessities” on Thursdays. Charlie was giving out bags of food to our homeless population as we gave out “The Necessities,” underwear, feminine hygiene necessities, toiletpaper, socks, razors, toothpaste and toothbrushes, washcloths, and a little “comfy” doll  that was given to us to give to anyone who felt they were in need of such. Colleen is a committed contributor to the JSS organization. Brian, he also goes to The Upper Room on Mondays to distribute the necessities. He also has been elected to the JSS Board of Directors.


I understand that the Covid-19 Ops Team is going out to three different locations during the week to provide for our homeless population that are out on the streets in order to try to keep them all in one area. They distribute the masks and hand hygiene kits. They also have a public health nurse who will be taking temperatures and getting basic diagnostic data.

I also understand that five persons as well as the three west slope homeless persons who are “high” risk in South Lake Tahoe, have been moved into a Motel for observation and confinement for a period of time. The plan, as I have been told, is that housing the variable homeless in a motel will grow as space and effectiveness of the plan presents itself. In light of that, those persons would like books to read such as uplifting fiction and western based books. You may take any books you want to offer, up to The Upper Room for distribution. John and Ron of JSS will be supplying that group at the Motel with the necessities for a hygienic stay while in the hotel environment.



Through the efforts of the County Board of Supervisors the “Restoration/Navigation” facility is being formed to Restore and Navigate our homeless population to becoming productive members of our community. This is all new, not a rehash of old ideas. More will come as this idea matures. It is based on two other city/county projects in other states that has shown to be productive.



2,450 persons tested— 2,419 Negative 

53 Confirmed — 0 Death — 43 Recoveries — 25 Male
28 Female — 47 The median age.


If you don’t want to protect yourself,
protect others.


Hopeless Issue #161

For the Beauty of the Earth

   The Golden Poppies of the Golden State.

Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life. As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn’t stop for directions.

 I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to play.

 The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I’ve never played before for this homeless man. And as I played “Amazing Grace”, the workers began to weep They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.

 As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, “I never seen anything like that before, and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”



For the Lunacy of those who control the
Money and make the Decisions.


The population of homeless persons is mostly concentrated on the west slope, in the Placerville area.

This from the Top!

Our homeless persons are expected to phone, at their expanse, into South Lake Tahoe to be interviewed. A homeless person’s Cell Phone is used only for Text Messages that cost them nothing. Decision makers don’t know that. 

They are to phone in to be interviewed, without being seen. And to be evaluated as to their wellbeing. Are they relatively clean? Are they completely sober? Are they competent to follow any directions given to them as to accessing services? Did they write down instructions?

This interview is collected just to fill in a space in a Government document. Not at all to be beneficial to a homeless person!

 These should be the decision makers!

“What Fools These Bureaucrats Be!”


Homeless Bulletin #1

El Dorado Counties COVID-19 task-force regarding our Homeless population is led by Marshall Medical Center’s Dr. Martin Entwistle.

Team leads to date: Communication with the unhoused: Karen (overall) – UR & Maureen/Gayle- Senior Services (Daily calls: motel) Food: Charlie & Karen- Upper Room Transportation: Peg, Don, Bruce – Nomadic Shelter Health: Shaunda- MMC & public health nurses. Safety: Jason- Homeless Outreach Team (HOT). Supplies: Ron – Job’s Shelter (JSS) & Shaunda- Marshall Medical Center (MMC). Social services coordination(mail, banking, etc): Maureen Resources: Megan/Madeline- MMC Environmental impact oversight: Madeline- MMC Overall oversight: Martin– MMC (all of OPS Team processes are approved by Martin & Jason) Notice they are all standing at least 6ft apart! And with masks on!

After packing up food (for 2-3 days) they deliver to three locations where the homeless congregate and pass out the food bags. They do this 3 times a week.
That is
Phase #1

Phase #2 is to get the most venerable homeless into motel rooms. We are planning on having 10 into hotel room to start with and then to expand on up to 20 or more. These homeless persons will get food every day and receive what their hygienic needs are from a “Necessities Menu” prepared by JSS for them and delivered by JSS to each hotel room, thanks to Will. JSS will continue to go to the Upper Room each week to serve the needs of the homeless in our community thanks to Brian. With John filling the orders.

BTW these are the items that we must purchase to give out to our homeless population.

Thank you for your donations to date.


    Happy Easter 


Pandemic Update

As of 4/2/20 – 19 cases in the County. El Dorado Hill – 4; “North” County-2; Greater Placerville-3; Single Springs/ Latrobe – 3; South Lake Tahoe-7. 10 are Male and 9 are Female; 9 are “travel” related. Ages of those involved: 52% ages 18-49; 31% are 50-64; 15.8% are 65+ years old. Most were travel related.

What are we doing about it? With guidance from Marshall Hospital and staff and our “Homeless Providers” we are deeply involved. The overall plan is to keep the homeless population in concentrated areas to reduce spreading the virus. The Upper Room, Nomadic Shelter, H.O.T. team, and JSS with all their volunteer helpers are on the front-lines of this battle. Each needs MONEY to facilitate THEIR PART IN THIS COOPERATIVE EFFORT. The County and State has made money available through different channels. Our first step is to isolate 10, then up to 20 or more, of the most vulnerable homeless persons in hotel rooms. Also, for those in the streets, we will go out Monday, Wednesday, and Friday taking food to them at three locations. Feeding them and providing for their needs will be a joint effort.

Why is this taking sooooo very long? Political bureaucracy. A Great Idea hatched from first group goes through their bureaucracy. Needing assistance from another group, the second group has to go through their bureaucracy. Then if both of those need assistance from another group, they have to go through their bureaucracy. Then to the Board of Supervisors. Then action can be taken or all is rejected. In the meantime, our Homeless Citizens are getting wet and are very cold. In this process, humans are reduced to a number or just a percentage.

Those of us who have spent most of our time attempting to care for those who have the very least have to live with this fact.

Holy Trinity Parish has been generous to The Upper Room, Nomadic Shelter, and JSS.
This group I am aware of. Others are encouraged to step up. We need YOU/ME to send a donation of money so these providers can serve.