Homeless Issue #96

What has County, City, and Community of non-profits groups been doing  for our homeless population?
 
It’s no secret that community partners in El Dorado County have struggled with developing a real plan to address the challenges associated with homelessness.  This has resulted in a “crisis management” approach rather than long-term, sustainable solutions…until now.  A few years ago, El Dorado County funded the facilitation of a three-phase process called the Theory of Change to grow a solution from the ground up, and we’ve been hard at work ever since!
 
For the first time ever, people from a broad spectrum were called to the table…non-profits, the faith community, education, law enforcement, elected representatives, Health and Human Services and the CAO’s office… to think critically about what was required to bring about social change, to establish long-term goals and develop the actions and strategies necessary to implement them.  This was a grassroots, organic process that has taken time to evolve.  The result has been the development of OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS whose goals is to “resolve homelessness effectively for El Dorado County Residents and to 1) Transition those who can into self-sufficiency and 2) Manage chronic homeless effectively for their benefit and the community benefit in El Dorado County.

A strategic board will provide oversight and there will be a “single-point of entry” to homeless programs and services.  This is critically important for several reasons.  First, it will ensure that efforts aren’t being duplicated and will foster a collaborative rather than a competitive environment for non-profits and service providers.  Next, by officially forming a charter that has an entry-point system, we will be able to collect the data on who we are serving, making us much more competitive (and successful) in securing Federal and State funds for homeless prevention and assistance.  Best of all, this means our service providers will have a more robust means of financial support, something that has been critically lacking.

So where are we now?  Our strategic board is in place and we are engaged in the selection of an entity who will function as our single point of entry. We have completed an initial RFI (Request for Information) process, concluding in identification of some critical next steps including refining our requirements for an entry point agency, as well as necessary layers of development within the agency. We have included a chart in order for others to visualize our process.
Wendy Thomas for Opportunity Knocks
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Can we get our Organizations out to ALL the people?
I have heard that “We cover the whole County with our services.”
No not true.  You cover only those who know that you are where you are, who have access to transportation to get to where you are, and can read and apprehend the forms you present. These are the people we should get to. I invited all organization to go to the “South County” where many of our “at risk,” homeless, and lowest income persons live.  I was told by one organization that they could only go to places that they are “funded” (paid) to go to.  HMIS information is critical to receiving government funding and gain information on our homeless population.  This is not being done in the “South County.” As far as I know, only “funded” organizations have that ability. JSS is not a “funded” organization. JSS is an all volunteer, non paid, organization.

Veterans of America
and County Health and Human Services
came forward.

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Job’s Shelters of the Sierra,
in partnership with

Pioneer Bible Church
 in the “South County”
is bringing representatives of
 Volunteers of American and the
El Dorado County Health & Human Services
to inform South County
 Veterans and all citizens
 of the services available to them.

This effort is being made to be sure the needs of
Veterans and others in rural areas are not overlooked.

FRIDAY JUNE 24; 10:00-12:00 NOON
6851 MT. AUKUM RD. SOMERSET

Useful Links:
www.JobsShelter.org
voa-ncnn.org/veterans-services
www.edcgov.us/hhsa
www.PioneerBibleChurch.org


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Homeless Flash

Homeless Flash!

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra,
in partnership with

Pioneer Bible Church

 in the “South County”
is bringing representatives of
 Volunteers of American and the
El Dorado County Health & Human Services

to inform South County
 Veterans and all citizens
 of the services available to them.

This effort is being made to be sure the needs of
Veterans and others in rural areas are not overlooked.

FRIDAY JUNE 24; 10:00-12:00 NOON
6851 MT. AUKUM RD. SOMERSET

Useful Links:
www.JobsShelter.org
voa-ncnn.org/veterans-services
www.edcgov.us/hhsa
www.PioneerBibleChurch.org

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Donate clothing and/or money to JSS to be distributed to our homeless population. Contact me, Ron Sachs, at
….JobsShelterOrg@Gmail.com …… I’ll come pick what you have to offer up.
For God’s sake, for our sake, take care of the citizens of El Dorado county who have the very least. Our homeless!!!!!

Homeless Issues #95

What Ever Happened to the “HangTown Haven” Org.??

Community Haven continues to be very active after the closure of Hangtown  Haven.  The 501 C 3 organization works to find ways to aid people without houses in our community.  The Haven maintains a home for women who need shelter, provides the utilities and food and asks whose who have some resources to contribute to the rent.  The Haven supports the Nomadic Shelter program by serving as its fiduciary agent and helping with the shelters volunteer support and expenses.  Haven people also serve on the. County’s “Opportunity Knocks” team addressing issues of homelessness in the County.
Community Haven people remain active on the CoC (Continuum of Care) the County, State, and Federal organizations on homeless issues and partner with others like JSS on homeless issues.

Thank you for hanging in there!
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JSS is in dire need of clothing items for distribution to our homeless population.
Colored “T” shirts sizes Large and X-Large. (No white ones please).
Jeans or dark colored work pants sizes 32”-33”- and 34” waist size..
Men’s white cotton socks, 6-12 size packages. We have plenty for women now.
These items are in great demand as the warm weather descends upon us.
You may drop these items off at Foothills UMC @ 3301 Green Valley Rd. Rescue/Cameron Park. OR I’ll come pick them up if you conduct a “Clothing Drive for those who have the very least.”
WE are out of jeans and “T” shirts. This is critical for JSS..
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How about This!

“re Visions,” Vintage store and a home décor emporium establishment did the following: …….  “I had a sale last week at the store that if someone brought in a pair of jeans, they would receive 20% off of their entire purchase.  Well, we got jeans.  LOTS of jeans. “  ….. “ Happy to do it!  I’m proud of our community for stepping up like this”………………………… Hugs, Katie Chaney.”

You gotta go there. It is in the Cameron Park shopping center next to the Wells Fargo Bank, where Colonel Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken faces Cameron Park Dr., (my favored eating establishment.) or 3450 Palmer Dr., Cameron Park Dr.
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“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” …………..Sigmund Freud
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JSS is just a little group among the giant non-profits. We cannot be a part of the “big picture” of large non-profits like those involved with “A day of giving.” We do not have any paid employees. If you have $$$ left over to give,,,,,,,, please send them our way.
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Homeless Issues #94

Upper Room Dining Hall History

The Upper Room Dining Hall was started at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in 1993 when the Youth group received permission, to host a soup/bread Friday supper in the basement of the Youth hall for the homeless during Lent.
This soon expanded under Elly Kozlowski’s and Deanna Schrader’s direction., In 1998 the County applied for and received a $375,000 grant to purchase land and build a seven-day-a-week soup kitchen. St. Patrick’s and a private donor provided $56,200 to partner with the County.  The county provided an additional $110,000 from the general fund to make the project complete.
By 2002, construction of the Upper Room Dining Hall at 1868 Broadway, Placerville, was well underway.  Elly and Deanna recruited volunteers from St. Patrick’s and other local churches. Before the Upper Room opened, Elly arranged a partnership with Mike Sproull, founder of the El Dorado County Food Bank that had started operation in 2000. The Food Bank has continuously provided about 85 % of all of the food prepared and served at the Upper Room.
By opening day, June 4, 2002, there was volunteer coverage for Monday through Friday of each week. Sundays were not fully covered, but Foothills United Methodist Church and Federated Church took up the Sundays. Many different churches now participate in this most wonderful service to our homeless and at risk citizens.
The Upper Room Dining Hall is a true community effort that provides dinner and companionship every day to those in need.  We thank all of the volunteers and donors of money and food, upwards of half a million dinners and take out lunches have been prepared and served since 2002— an average of 113 meals every day for a
total of 537, 073 and counting as of the end of April 2015.
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                                NAMI
of El Dorado  County
                         National Alliance on Mental Illness
The mission of NAMI El Dorado County is to provide emotional support, education, and resources for families and individuals living with mental illness.  Through community collaboration and education, NAMI advocate for a life of purpose, quality, and dignity – one without discrimination – for all people affected by mental illness.  NAMI El Dorado County is an affiliate of NAMI, a national organization, and NAMI California, a state organization.  NAMI El Dorado’s non- profit status was begun in the 1990’s.  We utilize NAMI Standards in providing evidence based education programs without cost to the community and provide ongoing support groups for families.  We are active on both slopes of El Dorado County, reaching out to the community through on-line newsletters, speaking to social and business groups, participation in collaborative partnerships with law enforcement and the Health and Human Services Agency, and working with other organizations and non-profits for greater access and improved treatments for those suffering with mental illness.  We are an all-volunteer organization with a Board of Directors.  We welcome the public to our board meetings and support groups.  For more information about NAMI El Dorado or to receive our monthly newsletter, contact Jan Melnicoe at
jan@namieldorado.org .
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“Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.” Herman Melville
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April 1, 2016, We wrapped up the Nomadic Shelter again for another year. We had a total of 188 persons registered and staying during this season. We want to thank all of those who volunteered in some way to make this possible for the homeless population.
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The REWARD
I was at the gas station filling up when a pick-up truck stopped behind me to also fill up. A young man got out of the back seat of the pick-up and came to me, shook my hand and said “thank you, I have a job and a place to live now, I’m off the streets and just wanted to thank you for all you do.” WOW!! I did not recognize him or was not able to place him, but that was a very big lift to a day of giving out 44 some tents and bags and receiving maybe 7 or 8 “thank you.”
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Your contributions to JSS provided 44 tents and bags that were given out on April 1 at the Solid Rock Foundation shelter as well as Christ Like Services. Financial contributions in 2015 were sparse, making our distribution below what we anticipate for the rest of 2016. The combination of one tent and one sleeping bag that we give to our homeless population costs JSS about $50.00 for each set. Those we give to sign a statement agreeing to receive only one tent and one sleeping bag within one 12 month period, and that the tent is put in a legal location. JSS now has 98 tent and bags somewhere, someplace, in or around El Dorado County. We figure that we are about 20 tents short and 10 bags for 2016.
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“The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm. It’s dangerous because of those who watch and do nothing” …………….. Albert Einstein
Apply that to our homeless and dejected citizens.

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Donate clothing and/or money to JSS to be distributed to our homeless population. Contact me, Ron Sachs, at
….Ron@JobsShelters.Org ……

I’ll come pick what you have to offer up.

Homeless Issues #93

      Some of the “Goods” in our community:

The Nomadic Shelter is winding down and we want to thank all of the participants.

The hosting churches:
 Green Valley CC; Colds Springs CC; Federated Church; Solid Rock Foundation; and Foothills UMC.
The supporting churches and groups: Holy Trinity Catholic Church; Rolling Hills CC, especially their 2nd Tuesday group; Christ Like Services, Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS), Hands 4 Hope, and way too many other smaller groups too numerous to mention.
Individuals like
Dr. Deb Prock and the many unknown contributors who support the citizens of our community who have the very least. We have 171 persons who completed and signed our “Shelter Guest Guidelines” and stayed in at least one of the shelter locations. Without you it could not happen.

Our community youth are involved through Hands 4 Hope. Ponderosa High School’s Hands 4 Hope chapter and especially Herbert Green Middle School Hands 4 Hope chapter, who did a complex campaign involving contests between classrooms and awarding prizes to those who collected the most socks. It was very well thought out. Thanks again to the Hands 4 Hope chapter at Herbert Green Middle School. We need more youth participating and learning that there are other lives in our community that they are not familiar with.
Thanks to the El Dorado County Sheriff Dept. and their CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) program that trains deputies how to handle mentally challenged citizens in our community, and NAMI who is a big factor providing for the mentally challenged in our community.
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One of the “Bads” in our community:
This from loving persons regarding Elliot.

A couple of reliable sources just informed me that the police dept. is now actively
HARRASSING Elliot in order to get him to leave town.

Elliot is mentally ill, has not ever committed a crime, does not use alcohol or drugs, and is a very sweet person who is very ill. There are merchants on Broadway, where Elliot “hangs out,” as well as others, who look out for Elliot providing clothing and food for him as a KIND/CARING COMMUNITY would do.

Consensus is Police Chief Scott Heller is not a kind or compassionate person, and allegedly, a Sgt. Ron Cannon is doing much of the harassing of Elliot.  I pray that NAMI, and others, along with those who are committed to helping our most unfortunate, will help Elliot and others like him.
Scott Heller has not bought into the CIT, (Crisis Intervention Training) that our sheriffs have very successfully implemented.  Why?  Like it has been stated; he does not care to understand and deal compassionately with our most unfortunate citizens. He would rather just run them out of town.  Is this with the blessing or the cursing of the Placerville City Council? How very, very, COLD!
 
Elliot needs a lawyer! I have also been told that the police officers have been directed to actively harass Elliot. Fortunately most of the police officers are decent, ethical persons and have resisted the direction to harass a law abiding, mentally- challenged, member of our community, but they fear retaliation. Elliot needs a lawyer! We will provide leads to all that I’ve stated above to any benevolent lawyer who will take Elliot’s freedom to be Elliot, without being harassed, to court.
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Donate clothing and/or money to JSS to be distributed to our homeless population. Contact me, Ron Sachs, at
….JobsShelterOrg@Gmail.com ……

I’ll come pick what you have to offer up.

Homeless Issues #92

JSS Partners. JSS partners/works with other providers of service to the homeless population. To name a few: The Upper Room; Continuum of Care (program under HUD direction) ; Christ Like Services; The Nomadic Shelter Program; Community Haven Inc.; and many churches and groups that donate clothing to JSS for distribution; Please keep in mind that we wish only for clothing that one would take on a camping trip, leaving the blankets behind.
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Many ask what do you need? As a general rule we have boiled it down to “What you would take on a camping trip, leaving the blankets behind.” That includes boxer shorts underwear and women’s panties. Also needed is money to purchase hygienic supplies, that are one of the most requested items, and the tents and sleeping bags that are given to each homeless person who are in need of such, one time per 12 month period.
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JSS closet is open during Monday night’s shelter; JSS vans go to The Upper Room on Tuesday and Thursday. Also many homeless can get clothing etc. at Green Valley CC after the Friday night Shelter. St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Placerville also has a clothing closet. We attempt to provide what is essential to our single homeless population. JSS, in partnership with others, distribute information on where to go, who to see, what to fill out, for special assistance and opportunities..
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We continue to stress the need for you to convince your Supervisors to make available one of the empty county buildings for use as a Nomadic Shelter location on Tuesday nights.
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JSS has a NEW and IMPROVED,

MAGNIFICENT,    NEW WEB SITE!!!!!

Look it over! It tells our story! Learn who the      “Homeless” are!

www.JobsShelters.Org

 

Donate clothing and/or money to JSS to be distributed to our homeless population. Contact me, Ron Sachs, at ….JobsShelterOrg@Gmail.com ……
I’ll come pick what you have to offer up.

Homeless Issues #91

Millions of dollars for single homeless dogs, cats and other “critters” are expended for their care and welfare from our county coffers.  Single Homeless persons, “citizens,” not so much. ANY????  To illustrate; dogs and cats being walked or just meandering along our “walk ways,” stop and relieve themselves. A single homeless person, No Way! But no facility provided for a single homeless person to relieve themselves. A million dollar facility provided for the “wayward,” lost dog or cat in El Dorado County. But no facility provided for a single homeless person who is “wayward” and “lost.” Yes the dogs and cats can be a problem and also the single homeless person can be a problem. But millions for dogs and cats and nothing for single homeless persons. Does that compute? I suggest that issue be incorporated in the new Placerville City Police sub-station in the Dollar Tree parking lot. Have a public restroom open to all citizens of El Dorado County installed in this sub-station instead of closing down the one at the Mosquito Road bus station. Arrest and incarcerate those who vandalize the public restrooms and also those who are publicly intoxicated and bothering others. Instead of just “kicking” them down the road. Is that police department negligent in not doing that?
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The Government (HUD) wants a count of the “Homeless persons” in El Dorado County, who have shelter. And they will take credit for providing shelter for the homeless. Next year they count “all Homeless persons.” The Nomadic Shelter has 113 homeless persons who have signed in on shelter nights. They are homeless. However, we average around 45 persons a night. Where the others sleep, if they do, or go, is sometimes a mystery. However, we are only allowed to count those who are in our “beds” on that night of the “count.” We know the others are out there and homeless. So when you read that the number of homeless is only XX. Double that number! And the County is given credit and the Nomadic Shelter given nothing.
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Where are all the new faces in our shelter this year coming from? Parolees from Sacramento County being dropped off in El Dorado County is what I have heard. Does El Dorado County get compensated for accepting parolees from Sacramento County? Is it a transfer from Sacramento jail to El Dorado Jail then parole in El Dorado County? Again who gets the brunt of that influx? The Nomadic Shelter. And the county gets the money. Wasn’t Sacramento upset when Nevada sent people to be housed in Sacramento?
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               Great, golly, it can happen!!!

          The City Government of South Lake Tahoe,
             approved, supported and provided for;

“South Lake Tahoe Warm Room.”  7pm to 7am, daily, “A safe & Warm Place to Sleep.”  “Because Everybody Matters.” This is a government that provides for its citizens who have the very least.
          God bless you all in South Lake Tahoe!!!!
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Homeless Issue #90

Number 90 for this Newsletter advocating for the homeless in our community, those who have the very least. Once a month for 7-8 years and in the beginning I did not number them. That goes back to when just a very few of us where out serving the single homeless persons in our community. Winter nights, us volunteers slept on the floor overnight at the Seventh Day Adventist Church up in Camino. And then just a few of us where then going into the Manzanita behind K-Mart, city parks, parking lots and a few other “hide-outs” around the area providing the necessities for surviving homelessness..  We have made friends and held crying persons who were scared, angry, hopeless and helpless, then see them die lonely and afraid.
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I have a list of 68 churches in our area. Only 8 churches attempt to carry this burden of giving our homeless a place to lie down and sleep in a dry, safe, environment, and provide these single homeless citizens of our community during the winter months with a space inside a building. Five allow the space in their facilities to be used for overnight, and three others regularly send their volunteers to the hosting churches to provide extra help. 8 out of 68????? Yes, I have heard over and over again “we take care of our own.” “Our own?” … All homeless are our own!
                   The Samaritan story is forgotten
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JSS does pick up clothing from various churches and organizations for distribution to this population. Without these donations people would be freezing in the street, behind buildings, in the woods. We are grateful for these donations. Our fellow citizens who are homeless are grateful for that donation. However, we still have Tuesday nights where we have no church opening their facility to allow the homeless to sleep inside a building. Surely some church within those 60 churches has some space to allow 40 people to lie down and go to sleep. At Foothills UMC the homeless sleep in the back of the sanctuary, near the “coffee” kitchen. The same sanctuary where Sunday services are held. Very appropriate in fact.
If you have space to allow the Nomadic Shelter to use,         Please contact Rev. William Swift at….
wsswift@att.net. …
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We are now in a New Year and up for a New Adventure.

Shelter Correction

Shelter Correction!

The Nomadic Shelter is not open on Tuesday nights at Cold Springs CC!

It was just opened for last Tuesday night because of the weather report.

Homeless Issue #88

“Tis the Season”

At the big ballgame, Chris, Mose, and Mo are there in the stands. They don’t agree on many things and tolerate each other most of the time. And as many thousands of others in the stands, they each have the rule book of the game. Oh, some of them can quote verbatim the very words of the rule book. Some even know the precise day that the rule book was written and when, where, and how the hero/teacher originated. They can tell you precisely the date and time of action of the game. All say they read the rule book, but I doubt it. Yes, some really did read that rule book from cover to cover. But they are all in the stands shouting and jumping around, being seen and making noise, lot and lots of noise….

Down on the field, another Chris and friends are busy participating in so many little ways to follow the rule books. They run with the little bottles of “sport drink” and water to every place it is needed. They put a blanket or coat on the shoulders of the very cold sitting awaiting their turn. They run after the balls as the ball leaves the playing fields.  They know the rule book and follow it. They operate the little vehicle that transports those who were hurt or hurting.  All are very important to what is happening on the field of play. That group observes and is always looking to understand the players on the field, lending advice, pointing out advantages and signs of danger. This group is making a difference. They read the rule books and follow the books directions.

Are you, your neighbor, just in the stands making noise? Or are you down on the playing field making a difference?      Ron Sachs
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God bless Cold Springs Community Church. They are hosting three (3) nights at their facility. One night is being hosted by their congregation, one night with outside volunteers, and one night with a group of all homeless persons who are in the “Christ Like Services” program. All these persons are fully involved down on the playing field of life.
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We now have all 7 nights of the week covered, providing shelter, food, companionship, and much love to our brothers and sisters who have the very least. About 27-35 persons per night have been given what we have to offer so far this year. Rain, sleet, temperature, snow, and any mix thereof, make the numbers fluctuate.
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Please keep up your support with donations of warm clothing, socks and toilet paper and financial assistance, deduct them from your tax bill, and fill your heart with joy for providing help to our citizens who have the very least. For donations to JSS, “501 (C) (3)” tax receipt will be provided if you ask for one.
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Get on the playing field!
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Donate clothing and/or money to JSS to be distributed to our homeless population. Contact me, Ron Sachs, at ….JobsShelterOrg@Gmail.com …… I’ll come pick what you have to offer up.