Homeless Issues #61

Homeless Issues #61

 NAMI report(Nat.All.On Mental Illness)

 Homelessness is a tragedy that to defeat takes many hands. One such is Maureen Focht, president of NAMI, who wrote: On July 24, there was a meeting for public input on future mental health funding for our county. A BIG Thank You to Laurie, Becky, Ken, James, Liz, and Art Edwards for attending this meeting along with myself. Everyone had an opportunity to comment on many new proposed programs, including a licensed mental health clinician who would provide outreach to those in the homeless community who have mental health issues. We all made it very clear it was a necessity for this type of help from the mental health department. The presence of those mentioned above and their input is very important to the mental health department, because they are required to gather this public input. And, usually, very few people attend these meetings.

There will be additional opportunities in the near future for more public input, and we must try to take advantage of those. It’s the old adage “the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Starting Aug.5, 1:30pm, I will be facilitating a new Support group for women at Hangtown Haven. Rebecca (Becky) Nylander informed me that this would be very helpful, so I am happy to try to help. I hope the women in the camp will come out to help each other, find the strength and courage for each of them to make their future what they would like it to be. It will take place every two weeks. After visiting the camp the other day, I was amazed how organized everything is, and am happy it is a clean and sober place.


Hangtown Haven Connection with NAMI

Another partner in combating homelessness is Rebecca Nylander who speaking of her work with Maureen and NAMI in Hangtown Haven said, Hangtown Haven has partnered, through Rebecca (Becky) Nylander, with Maureen Focht the President of the El Dorado County Chapter of NAMI. We started this partnership by teaming up at the MHSA (Mental Health Services Act) budget meeting in Julywhere we both made a very strong argument for the need of a qualified outreach team with a specific emphasis on the homeless community. We have gotten some positive response and movement from Mental Health in that direction. Our next endeavor was to start a bi-monthly support group with the women at HTHI. The result of our first session being an 80% attendance. The ladies were very excited and look forward to our next sessions. HTHI has also been working on creating a bridge to both Mental Health and Social Services which is a key component necessary to facilitate access to these resources by the homeless community.


Support The Move to Hangtown Haven West


Diana Rake, one of our homelessness advocates, asked that all “be supportive of the homeless population in EI Dorado County by voting yes on the proposal to move Hangtown Haven to Perks Court. The approximately 40 men and women at Hangtown Haven follow strict rules in a safe environment. If the proposal is not approved, I’m very concerned that these 40 people may have no choice other than to live on the streets of EI Dorado County.” The La Force family, longtime supporters of the homeless, responded, “The La Force family requests you, our lawmakers, to support the proposal to move Hangtown Haven to Perks Court. Homelessness is a complex issue and Hangtown Haven has proven to be a safe, dignified and reasonable part of the solution.”

It’s Your Turn: Please send your response to each of the County Supervisors:  bosone@edcgov.us; bostwo@edcgov.usbosthree@edcgov.usbosfour@edcgov.us; bosfive@edcgov.us; Also, please visit the Hangtown Haven website, www.hangtownhaven.org


Job’s Shelters of the Sierra Info.


We have had good results from our new adventure into this form of a Newsletter. We have found that some of you open this newsletter, or the letter is viewed many times again and again. 12, 10, 8, 8, 7—– times from one mailing to one address. This is great, and we want you to spread it around. Thank you for spreading the word. The JSS family of volunteers has grown and their services have also grown. JSS is working with Mercy Way Rescue that allows JSS to use their building for tent and bag distribution, along with socks and toilet paper on Mondays. Staffed by JSS volunteers, Kenney, Becky, and James. Tony Ruiz and his wife visit the encampments on Wednesdays and John Dutton comes along on Fridays, all attempting to do what JSS does. Provide the necessities of life among the homeless in our community. And importantly ………….. KINDNESS.


Please visit the JSS web site …..www.jobsshelters.org.Donations can be made by clicking here.


The Winter Nomadic Shelter program is now forming in or around your church. Get involved. Contact CyndySalmon@Yahoo.com

How are you going to feel when on those cold, raining nights arrive, and you know there are people who need shelter, and you are not helping in any way. How are you going to feel?

Homeless Issues #60


HangTown Haven Info.

Remember the date on the Board of Supervisor’s agenda.  As the saying goes, we have been agendized. The date is set for Tuesday, July 23. On that day, Hangtown Haven’s proposal to lease the property on Perks Court for a homeless shelter will come before the Board for a vote. I am not sure what item on the agenda that will be;  call the BOS around 7/18 to find out, but it will be worth the effort to spend the day if necessary to support and prayerfully speak up for Hangtown Haven, and what it does for the citizens of El Dorado County.

Visit the web site at www.hangtownhaven.org and catch up with all that is going on there. Click on the spot that says “send a letter of support to the Board of Supervisors,” you will find a suggested letter to send.  Frank Matous, a guest at Hangtown Haven, is doing a great job as the “Web Master” for Hangtown Haven Inc. You might want to hire Frank to do one for you. Contact him fmatous@gmail.com.

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra Info.

With your financial support and encouragement we have given the homeless in El Dorado County a tent, a sleeping bag, and a tarp. For the winter season of 2012-13 we distributed about 214 bags and/or tents. JSS is also known for, and very much appreciated by, our homeless population for our distribution of clean socks, the very much needed toilet paper, hygiene supplies for both the female and the male homeless population, and clothing. You can visit the website at www.jobsshelters.org. Want to donate now? Click here.

Thank you for helping provide these basic necessities. Through our partnership with Mercy Way and by driving to the gathering places of our homeless population, every week JSS volunteers distribute tents, bags, tarps and other necessities to those in need.


Winter Nomadic Shelter CDs and tri-fold information brochures are available from Green Valley CC office, for your use in recruiting volunteers in your church and/or organization to help out this winter. Remember, your church does not have to host a night, but there is a great need for help at the host churches. These are well-done productions.

As a personal update, I have been heavily involved with the formation of Hangtown Haven, our community’s successful answer to homelessness. My work at Hangtown Haven, as Vice President and Head of Operations, requires that I split my time between HTHI and JSS. However, JSS’s principal work of supplying basic necessities to homeless people continues each week as Tony Ruiz and John Dutton join me in delivering necessities and kindness.

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Homeless Issues #59

The Jeep van is going great. Thanks to Jeff Wilson, a highly certified
automobile technician at Main Street Auto Repair on Main St. in
Placerville. All we are responsible for will be for the cost of parts. Thank you, Jeff and Main Street Auto!!!!!!!!! We love ya!

We now have a date on the Board of Supervisor’s agenda.
As the saying goes, we have been agendized. The date is Tuesday, July
. On that
day, our proposal to lease the property on Perks Court for a homeless
shelter will come before them for a vote. We need all our friends there
to support and hopefully speak for us.

Hope to see you there.              Check the web site at:        www.hangtownhaven.org

JSS is returning to it’s roots.
JSS associates, John Dutton and Tony Ruiz, are visiting our homeless
population twice a week. Wednesday and Friday, going to the Hangtown
Motel, the Hangtown Haven, and other facilities that serve the homeless
population and “those who have the least.” Also JSS is distributing our
tents, sleeping bags,tarps, socks, toilet paper on Monday, 10:00 AM
until 12:00 Noon at Mercy Way Rescue on upper Broadway.

Ron Sachs 😉

Homeless Issues #58

Crisis Time, two issues.
Moving HangTown Haven to a new location by November 14th. We
have been asked by a County Supervisor to engage, and get local
especially in District 3, to endorse, get behind and support erecting
the new HangTown Haven project at Perks Court. (The Supervisor has to
know that he will be blessed and not cursed if he backs this move) This
property is located in District 3, thus a strong endorsement by churches
and organizations in that District is vital to having a sober, safe,
place for persons who will follow rules and cooperate in managing a
living area for homeless individuals.

are asking Churches and Organizations to write a letter of
endorsement/support by your church congregations, organizational
membership, and individuals to Supervisor
Brian Veerkamp, District 3 El Dorado County, 330 Fair Lane,
Placerville, CA. 95667 OR to your Supervisor of your District at the
same address. OR send an E-Mail to …….. BOSTHREE@edcgov.us
or if you are in another district, send it to BOSone@edcgov.us ;
BOStwo@edcgov.us; BOSfour@edcgov.us; BOSfive@edcgov.us.
need their approval to set up the encampment, their endorsement for
special use permits; and since the property is zoned commercial, no
zoning issues should arise, but just might arise. We need this in
addition to the 300 signatures we have on the petitions you already sent
in. We are asking for a 5-year lease. Please send a copy of what you
send to; HangTown Haven, PO Box 89, Placerville, CA. 95667, or back to
this e-mail address.

This is a “BIGGIE” for Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)
distributes, delivers, to the homeless encampments in El Dorado County
and to churches in the South County that serve the homeless population
in their area, and has done so for 6 years. Distribute and deliver are
the key words we have to address. The 2005
Jeep Liberty that is used to make the pick-ups and deliveries has
90,327 miles on it and now  has major medical problems. The body is in pristine condition. Without that Jeep, we are out of business.

The diagnoses: By The Auto Analyst located on MotherLoad.

Checked for the #5 cylinder misfires, which the vehicles #5 cylinder is
constantly counting misfires from that cylinder. We performed a
cylinder leak down test=40% going past the intake valve, indicating
there is a valve seating problem. Suspect there is a problem with the
valve being burnt, worn valve seal or seat, causing carbon to build up
on the valve.This will require removing the cylinder head to further
inspect what needs to be done.”
COST: $2700.00 to  $3400.00

JSS does not have that kind of money. Can you help? Or your group help? If you can, please send checks to; JSS, P.O. Box 1839, Shingle Springs, Ca. 95682-9998 OR
leave it off at Foothills UMC, 3301 Green Valley Dr. Rescue/Cameron
Park. JSS has a box there. WE can also accept credit card donations
through PayPal via our web site below. OR
you can pay The Auto Analyst directly after it is done, if they will
accept that condition. I very much dislike to beg; we are a very giving
organization. But we have to.

Ron Sachs 😉
Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)

Homeless Issues #57

Yes, we are back.Homeless Issues was
knocked out completely
; lost everything in the way of contacts. If you know of anyone who is not getting this latest issue of Homeless Issues, please pass on their e-mail address to me.

HangTown Haven has initiated their own recovery support program/system and now holds regular meetings on Mondays. Those persons who are required to attend a recovery program as a condition of staying at HangTown Haven, still have to attend those required meetings held by others. This “home grown” support system is run by those staying at HangTown Haven themselves. We all support their desire to recover from whatever addiction they are now struggling with. Your support is also welcomed.

We can be proud of the people who have stayed at HangTown Haven who have progressed into a state of stability, found jobs, volunteer with service providers such as the CRC, Mercy Way Rescue, Green Valley CC, JSS and
others. They are contributors to our community. Not takers! 66 persons, plus the 27 guests we have now, a total of 93 persons, have stayed at HangTown Haven since it opened.

Rumors and negativity abound in the homeless population. HangTown Haven, as in all places where people stay, hotels, motels, aunt Lucy’s, etc., cannot control what people do within their enclosed space; and they cannot be monitored. HangTown Haven does not allow any drug or alcohol usage on site. When someone is caught breaking the rules, they are witnessed by more than one CC member, written up, and are discharged from HangTown Haven. What they do off the HangTown Haven property is out of HTHI control and becomes a city police matter. Is it possible that someone staying at HTHI is selling something illegal off the property? Yes, very possible, the same as staying in a hotel, motel or aunt Lucy’s house. We are not naive; sure some might have gotten past us, but they will be discovered and “kicked out”. 27 persons have been ask to leave because of not following the
rules set down. As of 4/12/13, there are 26 guests
staying at HangTown Haven and following the rules.

All of the non-profit organizations are in need of financial support. Please do what you can.
The Community Resource Center  just submitted a
business wish to Intuit’s Small Business Growing Strong campaign.
granting wishes worth up to $5,000 this spring, and the CRC could be one of
How can you help? If you’d like to support the Community Resource Center
in Placerville, vote for our wish to
come true and spread the word at: http://bit.ly/16zmtGu.You can vote every day for as long as this opportunity is available.

JSS has provided 127 sleeping bags, 146 tents, 56 tarps, in one year between April 2012 and April 2013 to our homeless population. And  April is not over yet! And thousands of socks and rolls of toilet paper.

Homeless Issues are a collection of observation and opinions of Ron Sachs.

Ron Sachs 😉
Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)

Homeless Issue Hacked

Friends; Yep, Homeless Issues was Hacked last Wednesday. All has been reported to Yahoo security. All 630 address were wiped out.

SOOOOOoooooo, You are the first 357 to receive this notification,
out of the 630 address’, that
I have been able put back in. I only have 300 more
to go.
NO! I am not in the Philippians, correctly, JSS could use the $1,600.00, but not to “set me free.” I pray that no-one
sent any

Issues will be sending out this letter to the remaining 300 people.
Then I pray that a regular issue of Homeless Issues will be forth coming
with great news about

HangTown Haven, CRC, Nomadic Shelter, Mercy Way Rescue, JSS, and the
other providers of services to the homeless population of El Dorado

Homeless Petition



Whereas: HangTown Haven has
proven over an extended period of time to be

a clean, sanitary, safe, well operated and unobtrusive facility in which

responsible homeless people can live;

Whereas: HangTown Haven has
proven to require no cost and minimal effort

by the City of Placerville;

Whereas: There are many
responsible homeless people in Placerville
and in EI

Dorado County living with minimal shelter and inhumane, unsafe and u


Whereas: However, some
homeless people living outside of HangTown Haven

often create a nuisance in the community and dangerous public
health and wild

fire conditions;

Therefore: The undersigned
or e-mail residents of the area petition the Board of

Supervisors of EI Dorado County and the City Council of the City of Placerville to

take the following actions:

Allow HangTown Haven to continue to operate at 1688 Broadway until an
alternative location can be found in the city or county and


work with representatives of the non-profit organizations working

with the homeless community to evaluate sites that might provide a

permanent facility or facilities for responsible homeless people living in

the greater Placerville area.

3)    Develop a permanent facility or
facilities modeled after
HangTown Haven

for all homeless people living in the greater Placerville

Sponsored by a coalition of
homeless advocates
Ron Sachs 😉

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)

Homeless Issues #55

“Homeless Issues” is the Newsletter of the Homeless advocates in El Dorado County.

I was reminded that HangTown Haven is only approved by the City of Placerville, to be in existence only until November of this year. What then?????

One estimate of providing services to the homeless population is that the
savings our community would see (over the eighteen months because of
Hangtown Haven being in operation and for the average thirty people we will
have during that period) is:  $27,504X 30X 1.5(years) = $1,237,680. Wow!
Could that be true?
Many will say that it applies only to LA and not to
here. Maybe. It would be interesting to see how they arrived at their

our numbers,
I would estimate that the total cost for Hangtown Haven
for the eighteen months beginning last July would be approximately
$40,000. This makes the average cost per person per month:
$40,000/30/18 = $ 74, far less than  the “supportive housing” figure
shown in the LA report. Financially, our “tent city” is the way to go. We
have no idea what our community’s  corresponding costs are for a
homeless person living on the street.
way to look at this is that our community would save:
$27504X30=$825,120 a year for the thirty people living at the haven if
we had a shelter.
Consequently, we could build one spending $825,120 a
year for it and still break even.

Some have asked about staying in a tent in 20 degree weather. Well, warm up the tent! ;>)
The safest method is to get a metal coffee cans, attach a handle, and
put large rocks into them. Then place them by the fire that is going
during the day. The fire heats up the rocks and the can. When you turn
in for the night, put the heated can and rocks in your tent. Cuddle up
in your combination of sleeping bag and blankets.  The can of rocks, warms up the tent,
and in the morning the rocks and can will still be a little warm. Yes,
it does work. And thank you, to those who have donated wood to keep that
fire going. We can always use more as that fire goes from 6:00 AM until
10:00 PM every day. You are not only warming the hearts of others; you
are warming the whole body. Metal coffee cans would be appricated. Metal
not plastic ;>)

HangTown Haven is accenting the need to wash ones hands often to decrease the spread of germs
that could cause health problems for The Haven as well as those who go
to the Nomadic Shelter at night. HangTown Haven is a safe, organized,
and responsible Haven for those in our community who have the least. I want to congratulate the greater community volunteers
who give up three hours a week to assist the HangTown Haven Community
Council in the effort of keeping it safe and organized. If you want to
volunteer, contact Don Rake at … don.rake@yahoo.com ….

I was given a Petition to review and would like to pass it onto you. This
Petition addresses where and what will happen in November when the City
of Placerville says we can no longer have HangTown Haven at our present
location. I will send out the Petition soon after you receive this
newsletter. I pray you will return the Petition by e-mail  to me with  a statement saying that you concur and support the Petition. This newsletter goes out to 600 persons and I would love to end up with at least 500 responses.

those who might be receiving this newsletter for the first time, you
can go to the web site below and read all the other 54+ newsletters
going back five years, and see the progression and regression of the
Homeless Issues in El Dorado County.

This is only from observations of, and opinion of;

Ron Sachs 😉

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)

Homeless Issues #54

I have to clear up a misconception.
“Homeless Issues” is not a spokesperson or newsletter of HangTown Haven
Inc.. “Homeless Issues” is purely a newsletter reporting on issues
affecting the homeless population.
“Homeless Issues” has been
running for over eight years now. HangTown
Haven is a “new entity” in the homeless community of El Dorado County.
“Homeless Issues” has brought up unpopular, to some organizations,
revelations, regarding the people who want to help those in our
community that have the least.as well as those who don’t.  I heard that I
“should be fired” from
something that I was never hired for, because of my reporting the facts
that homeless, mentally challenged, and just plain lost people, need
help from our County and municipal governments.

Case in point:
My story regarding a person I called “Jordon,” 62, mentally challenged,
and in need of help. What was available through county, city, and
non-profits for the mentally challenged person was zero. A private
citizen, Laurie Marchant and a homeless guest living in a tent, Larry
Alluman, worked hard to place “Jordon” in an assisted living facility
where he is now doing great–interacting and smiling. This is in-spite
of the inaction of the groups within ED County who are charged to
protect and assist those citizens with mental issues and within their
spheres of influence.

The city of Placerville, with a very big
shove and persistence of Wendy Mattson and Cleve Morris, pulled off a
monumental and historical achievement in bringing
HangTown Haven to life. I have found that they took on a very big controversial subject and prevailed in accomplishing “the right thing to do.” God bless you guys.

The homeless have “weathered” the storms this winter well. The folks that help out in the Winter Shelter Program should all be congratulated for the work that they do.
Those who are homeless and do not want to go by the rules that apply
while they are in the churches, still find a place to curl up.

The official reply from Mercy Way Rescue is as followes;
“Mercy Way Rescue –
Mission, Church & Sanctuary would like
to thank the Placerville City Council for approving our Conditional Use
Permit.  We are excited to be able to move forward with our
leadership team to implement the city requirements and to begin making the
building improvements.  We also look forward to continuing to be able
to participate in the Winter Nomadic Shelter.

Way Rescue-Mission’s part in the Nomadic Shelter and other services is
not only grand but so necessary that the Shelter program would come to a
stop. Again the city council of the city of Placerville prevailed in accomplishing “the right thing to do.” We thank you.

The CRC is doing their part in staying open on Saturday during the winter months. Good job guys!

old business, I would ask if any progress has been made in getting the
County Government involved in helping to finance HangTown Haven, or
establishing a County funded “Haven” for our county cousins who are not
allowed to stay at HangTown Haven because they have never been
citizens of the city of Placerville? I know that
HangTown Haven has more space for those who are from EL Dorado County
but not from Placerville city. Come on County and get the backbone that is prevalent in Placerville City. And city, open your door to others from our County.

The $34,123.93 donated to start-up and maintain HangTown Haven in 2012
came from 56 individuals and/or organizations, Of those 56, only16 came
from persons who live within the city of Placerville. 0 donations came from either Placerville City or
El Dorado County governments.
WE do have to thank the city for the Special Use permits though.

really unsung hero in service to those who have the least in the areas
of our county that we seldom hear about, should be congratulated and
“Held on High.” I submit for this honor: Pioneer Bible Church, out in Somerset/Mt Aukum in the south county. They have twice a week gatherings distributing clothing and food. Thank you and God bless all of you there.

This is only from the observations of, and opinions of;

Ron Sachs 😉

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)

Homeless Issues #53

The Volunteer

We do not for fame or fortune,

The exhilarating feeling of success, the accomplishment felt
No one knows the feeling, how can you begin to explain?
The roads not paved, the jungle uncharted,
We welcome the challenge open hearted.
The worries, the stress, even the second guess
Sometimes, even the bite in the ass!
We do because we care.
The hours go by, time does pass
But we will not stop just because they are “bottom class”
We will argue, we will fight, all for what’s right,
To help those so they will not sleep on the street tonight
The hours are long, the people are rough,
But we will never say “that’s enough”
For those we help are grateful, the others are just hateful
Maybe one day soon they will change their tune
For those who hate it is never too late
Walk through the door as if an open gate
You will never be told you must wait
There may be a lot on your plate, But it’s never too late!
We just need you to walk through that GATE.


By Larry Allum, Hangtown Haven  guest/resident and volunteer
HangTown Haven Inc. and the guests that live there are grateful for all of the donations that are being made. F.A.I.T.H., the ministry that
provides lunch every day and The Upper Room that provides meals in the evening, pretty much fill the needs for food at HangTown Haven
. We are sorry to say that much of the food that is brought to HangTown Haven as a donation is given away when we can find someone to take it.
The Upper Room has asked us not to send any more food donated to HangTown Haven, to them
. We suggest, if you want to donate food to help feed the homeless population and under-served of ED County, that you contact Dee Hook of F.A.I.T.H. at — 916-201-4619 or 916-941-9541— or donate to SHARE
through most churches.
Our homeless population is well fed if
they follow the schedules and cooperate with those who prepare and
provide the food for them. Again, we want to thank you for your efforts and concerns.
During these winter months, the community fire is going all day and all night as HangTown Haven is open all day and does not close in the afternoon, providing a warm safe place for those who cooperate with our rules and regulations. SOOOoooo we are always in need of fire wood to burn in our protected common area. If you can donate fire wood, that would be greatly appreciated..
Ron Sachs 😉

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)