Homeless Issue #138

Our mentally challenged citizens on our streets. Our loving faith communities and volunteers at our Shelter locations. What do we do?
 
The struggle is what can be done? Not what should be done as people of faith.
Consider the volunteers who give of their time and energy to go to a shelter location, face some challenges and emotions as they inter-act with the shelter guests and do this every week for five months. Their safety is paramount; they should be protected from insult and abuse. Also, the volunteers are not trained psycologists, or in any way professionally trained mental health practitioners.
Now when a person enters your facility and you accept that person, you accept the responsibility of taking care of that person in all reasonable ways. If you can’t provide for their safety and the safety of those around them, you are in trouble
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What should we do with those persons who enter our shelters with disruptive problems? Disruptive to the point of possibly hurting someone, guest or volunteer.

The County does not have the facilities to take care and treat these persons. The Nomadic Shelter does not have the training, facilities, or expertise to care for a disruptive person.
The Shelter does a wonderful job of loving and supporting those who are suffering from dementia, loneliness, and the frustrations associated with homelessness. But they are not equipped to benefit the challenged person who is disruptive.
I have the job of putting beside the name on the roster of those who enter a shelter location and were
very disruptive, the words “BANNED.” My Faith, my Spiritually, my Being, cries out “help this person.” Reality says, I am not equipped to care for them, and I must think of the other 50 persons who will be safely sheltered that night. Jesus could heal this person who is disruptive. Our volunteers in the shelters are not Jesus.

When you pray to your God. Pray for the volunteers who are working at the shelter locations along with the shelter guests.
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The County comes through!!!!
Yes, the County has approved to give the Nomadic Shelter a 12-passenger van that has run its days as a County vehicle but is in good serviceable condition for the Nomadic Shelter to transport our homeless from “pick-up points to the Shelter locations. Thank You, Thank you.
 

And along that line

Supervisor John Hidahl and his wife Eileen purchased 10 new sleeping bags to be distributed to our homeless who are now sleeping outside during the winter. JSS keeps a very accurate inventory on who has been given sleeping bags and when. We expect those who receive the sleeping bags to keep track of the ones we give them. They are not disposable, and they are expensive. Thanks to the Hidahls.

Also
 
Home Base, the San Francisco organization hired by the County to solve our homeless problems, will have an open discussion in the Supervisors Chambers on February 28th at 4-6 PM, in the El Dorado County offices. The County does have an active, good service for homeless families as well as women with children and children who are homeless in our schools. But the County has nothing for the single homeless persons and the mentally challenged persons who roam our streets. No place to stay dry, no place to stay warm, no place to go to the bathroom, no place to “clean up,” no place to just say, “I’m tired and weary.”
 
Please attend this gathering and stress the importance of caring for our SINGLE HOMELESS POPULATION. The forgotten ones.
                 
 

Homeless Issue #137

Wonder who the Nomadic Shelter is sheltering?
Nomadic Shelter Numbers Nov. 1, 2018 until Jan. 1. 2019
The Shelter has 79 total persons fully registered. The following numbers reflect the information regarding those persons. 2 persons under the age of 20; 1 age 21-25; 40 age 26-55; 22 age 56-64; 11 age 65 or older.

51 identify as Male; 27 identify as Female; 49 of these homeless have been in the Nomadic Shelter in past years; 17 in ED County for less that a few months; 5 for 1-5 years; 9 for 6-10 years; 48 for 11 to life time years; 32 get Food Stamps; 36 have some kind of income.

Over 33% of our guests are female. About 60% have lived in El Dorado County for over 11 years. 41% are over the age of 56.
 
Intake Forms were not completed or had confusing answers in a few cases, but that is expected with new volunteers and in some cases rushed questioning.

Understand that only two of the shelter locations agreed to collect information regarding who they are sheltering, to be use by the Nomadic Shelter for compiling information. With Cold Spring CC joining us now, and gathering information, we should get more accurate information; and most importantly, we add another night so that our homeless population is now sheltered for four (4) nights a week.

Be proud and be thankful to those who give of their time and energy to volunteer at one of the Nomadic Shelter locations. For a once a week sacrifice for the welfare for the children of God who just did not make it as well as we did. For those who had less opportunity than we had and/or are mentally challenged.

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JSS received this invitation and thought it first is an inspirational idea by one of our young persons in our community and as well as a great idea.

My name is Madison Mueller, and I am a 17-year-old parishioner at Holy Trinity Parish. I am currently working on a new program for the church: “The Giving Garden.” 
 
Every year during Christmas time, our church has “The Giving Tree” in which the “ornaments” name a local organization and an item or material they need. Parishioners then pick an ornament and bring that item or material to the church for donation to the organization. 

 
While a great program, I did notice that the amounts of donations decrease dramatically after the holidays and sought out to change that, which led to my creation of the “Giving Garden- a year-long Giving Tree”. 
 

May God shine down upon you Madison.

 
                            ‘’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’’
 

We lost two of our homeless persons this December. Annette was a long-time member of the homeless community, and we crossed paths with hugs and also with obvious oblivion at times. She was one of my “originals” along with her husband 8-10 years ago. She and he had their tent set up in the Lumsden park area. Yes, I’ll miss her. But she is now at peace. God bless her. We also lost Paula. I did not know Paula as well as Annette, but we both did cross paths from time to time. Her worries and challenges are now solved.
 
As sad as these lives were, they were children of God and members of our community.
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JSS will be out with tents, sleeping bags, and ponchos this weekend. JSS will be at Federated Church on Saturday night and then at Cold Springs CC on Sunday night giving out those items made possible by your donations to Job’s Shelters of the Sierra.
 

God bless all of you. And Thank You! 

 

Homeless Issue #136B

The good news:
Remember our “lost penny” from last newsletter? She is now in a care facility being taken care of. Thanks to the “First Responders” who do not get to ride in a big red truck or drive a neat fast car, but from their own home/office found this lady a sanctuary.

Yes, Yes, Cold Springs CC will open their doors to the homeless population beginning Sunday, January 6th and each Sunday after that. This will give our homeless population shelter on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. IF COLD SPRINGS CC CAN GET ENOUGH VOLENTEERS TO HELP ON SUNDAY NIGHTS AND EARLY MONDAY MORNINGS.

This is where you fit in. Contact Dave Sarmago at
DavidSarmago@ColdSpringsChurch.net

 

And say that you will help out in some capacity. Over night and early morning shifts are hardest to fill, and I know you will be blessed if you will volunteer your time during those hours.
                        

 

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Yep, I ruffled a few feathers in my last issue. One comment was “Don’t make it so personal.” Homeless and “thrown out” IS personal! I have been there! My parents taught me compassion, my church taught me compassion, but being homeless really taught me what homelessness is like. And what compassion really is. It is not theoretical. It is thirsty, hunger, shelter, keeping warm, being befriended.

I attended a CoC meeting that introduced the new County Homeless Coordinator, “HomeBase ,“ to the non-profits in El Dorado County. After an hour of listening to what they will do and for whom, I did not hear anything about assisting the single homeless persons on our streets. I made it a point to ask the director, face to face, to write a statement on what they have to offer the single homeless population of our community, and I would include it in this newsletter. Aint heard a thing. Yes, they do have some programs for those in transition. That is just a few.
The homeless don’t vote for Supervisors, or any government group. And those groups hold the money. What JSS does and gives out to the homeless population comes from some of the “Faith Community,” less than a quarter of them, individuals that have compassion, and by the way, persons who have had to experience homelessness themselves. JSS now has 114 tents and sleeping bags out on the street, attempting to keep our homeless warm and dry. BTW a tent and bag costs JSS about $50.00, $50.00, depending on market fluctuation. We expect to be giving out more as the winter hits and the homeless register into the Nomadic Shelters.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, make yours merry as well as someone else who is struggling to keep warm, dry, and loved. 

 

Homeless Issue #136A

Home Is Where You Live                  12/01/2018

When I met him, Michael Tinius was 46 years old and had been living outside for 18 years, much of that time along the banks of the American River, where it flows through an urban wilderness park just north of downtown Sacramento. Like most of the hard-core homeless, he looked much older than his age.
No one who saw Michael could ever forget him. He had a shock of fiery red hair that I always thought of as an Irish Afro. The bewhiskered skin on his face spoke of too much
sun and too much wind. If his hands ever held a bar of soap in the year that I knew him, I could not detect it. When he talked, the words tumbled from the side of his mouth like someone whose jaw had been broken but not properly reset. He was about 5 feet 4 inches but was not one to be pushed around. It was his hair and his short stature that produced his nickname, “Gremlin,” a term that only his closest friends were allowed to use.

Although I had seen Michael many times, I did not get to know him until one of the many occasions when he decided to stand up for his rights. In winter 2007 the Sacramento County parks department conducted one of its regular cleanup sweeps of homeless persons’ campsites in the American River Parkway. Following the sweep, anger among the homeless ran hot. When they appealed for help, a group of Sacramento attorneys filed a lawsuit on their behalf against Sacramento County and the city of Sacramento. Michael was one of the plaintiffs, and I was one of the lawyers.
When I interviewed Michael prior to the filing of the lawsuit, I made the mistake of characterizing him as “homeless. “I’m not homeless,” he stated. “Where is your home?” I asked him. “Along the American River,” he replied. To Michael, it was impossible to be homeless. Your home is where you live, he said. He lived on the parkway, and so that was his home. Moreover, Michael continued, he was not “unemployed,” as I had described him. He had a job, collecting aluminum and plastic and recycling it. Whether a person has a job, he said, is not dictated by how much one earns.

As we completed our interview, Michael pulled from his bag a well-worn copy of the U.S. Constitution. He turned the pages to the 14th Amendment, on which he had underlined the words, “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law.”

“I think you should be able to use this,” he said. “They took my property without due process of law.” “You have a very good point, Michael,” I replied. “We will use that.”
Michael was known among homeless people as one who would come to the aid of others. A friend of his once described how Michael had coaxed a “civilian” off the light-rail tracks just before a train came past. The man, who was not homeless, had chosen an unfortunate place to rest after coming out of a nearby tavern. “Come to my campsite,” Michael implored, “so we can talk and have a drink.”

In the end, it was Michael’s compassion for others that led to his death. On April 30, 2008, Michael was stabbed to death at age 47. Sacramento police said he had intervened on behalf of a friend who was being assaulted. It was Michael who took the fatal blows. The friend also was stabbed but recovered.

Ironically, 13 days after Michael died, his copy of the U.S. Constitution was destroyed without advance notice by a Sacramento County cleanup crew, swept up with all the belongings of one of Michael’s friends.
As reported by Northwestern. Edu

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For our Homeless: Due Process? Dignified acceptance? Just general acceptance? Yes, Yes, there are the mentally challenged, the addicted, and just “lost,” out there. We can avoid them and just pray for their souls. But those are the exceptions. From our information gathered last year, the “trouble makers” amounted to just 7%.

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The County Homeless Coordinator will be concentrating on getting money from the Federal to the County level. Sort of like “Mining the Homeless population for money.” (I will get flack for that statement) The homeless just want, a dry place to sleep. A place to go to the bathroom, the homeless want a shower now and again, the homeless do not want to be harassed. Ban the trouble makers if necessary.

As I give out ponchos, tents and sleeping bags during these winter months I pray again and again, “God! Give them a break!” Yes, I understand that many just say, “leave it up to God.” Sad!

                                                                                                                                    

Homeless Issue #135

 

Dumped on you! A Homeless Issue:

You are part of the community, a living, breathing entity that thrives or parishes by what you do or don’t do. What you allow or don’t allow. What is acceptable or not acceptable.

El Dorado County is a beautiful place to live. If you are blessed with what it takes to enjoy its amenities. But if you’re not? What do we/you do? How do we respond?

Case: “Just a Penny.”

71-year-old woman. Never been employed, has mental issues and is autistic. Difficulties with breathing and walking. Came from Tennessee 3 months ago from living with her family to family/friend in Placerville area. She arrives at a shelter site by family/friend? And family/friend said that if the shelter site would take her to McDonalds in the morning, they would pick her up and take her to the bus station for her to return to Tennessee. She was left at McDonalds as arranged. Two-days later on the 19th of Nov., the Placerville Police picked her up at McDonalds and had a taxi take her to another shelter site at 11:00 PM. That shelter called 911 and they transferred her to Marshall Hospital on the 20th. Marshall kept her for 3 days, then out on the street she went. Then again, she went back to a shelter site then back to her first shelter site. We are coming up to 7 days of rain, with only three nights covered by the Nomadic Shelter, where does she go? What would a JSS tent and sleeping bag do for this woman? She would not know what to do with it.

Is this “just a disposable old Penny?” to be forgotten and just allowed to rotten where she falls? What would your community do? County won’t take responsibility, Non-profits and churches are not equipped to handle her. Is this the test of who we are in El Dorado County????

Ron Sachs, Job’s Shelters of the Sierra.

7 days of rain is on the way

 

BTW JSS has 110 tent/bags checked out so far this season at a cost of about (depending on the vendor) $50.00 a set. We are in need of money to purchase more. We can’t use “used tents” because they arrive without poles, holes, and broken zippers. Used clean sleeping bags are acceptable. Will you help JSS out with an additional donation? You can leave sleeping bags or other donations at Foothills UMC in Cameron Park area Tuesdays through Friday from 9 AM until 4 PM. Or e-mail me for a pick-up. I pray for all those who are in need in California but have to admit I pray and provide for my community of fellow persons here in El Dorado County.. 

 

Homeless Issue #134

Here we go again. Another Nomadic Shelter winter is upon us. After the January 2010 opening, and 8 years of planning and housing our homeless population, it should be just a breeze. Well it aint! We begin with two or three nights covered, then went to seven night of the week covered, caring for many of the same homeless persons, year after year. Now we are down to one of the two original churches and two of the four anchor churches that had carried the burdens of our community of God’s children who have the least. Has our community of volunteers given up on their fellow persons that “just can’t make it on their own?” The “Good Book” says that “They” will always be with us. Well, where are the “Good Book” people?? Are “They” carrying out their end of the bargain????
Will we now need to pay people??? Foothills UMC and Federated are in need of volunteers for all shifts but especially for “Overnight” people.  Something like 9 PM-2 AM and 2 AM-6 AM.
                                   

   Who has the count of the homeless population in
El Dorado County anyway?
 

A & B. The County has a “Coordinated Entry” system with forms to be filled out. Then we also have “HMIS” system needed to be completed for entities applying for grant money from the U.S. Government through HUD.
C. Then, relative to the homeless that use the
Nomadic Shelter, we collect our own information needed to have on hand when an emergency arises in a Shelter location, this info is helpful for the first responders, next of kin, law enforcement, and when we need to match a name to a face, etc..
Shelter locations have
“C”, on the night that the guests have a problem, all the information on any guest at their shelter. At the moment of need!

SHARING INFORMATION?????
What a thought. Problem: The Nomadic Shelter is in operation at night. 5 PM to 7 AM. 
Another problem: Each entity, HMIS, Coordinated Entry, Nomadic Shelter, serves a different group of the homeless population. Many in the shelter never go to an office to get interviewed. The HMIS people have gone to one shelter location to collect information from time to time. 9 AM to 5 PM. people working “HMIS” and “Coordinated Entry” people, who interviewed only 151 persons last year, Just don’t all mix.
 

Of the 278 persons who used the Nomadic Shelter last year, I wonder how many of those persons were interviewed by the “HMIS” group or the “Coordinated Entry” group? 
What good is any information if it is not shared when/where needed?
                               

We pray that your faith group would open your doors for only one night a week. Will you help?

Homeless Issue #133

From the book “Homeless in the Gold Country”
 

Cold Springs Community Church opened their doors to the homeless on Wednesday night, and will open them every Wednesday night in the foreseeable future. Everything went well; everything fell into place; volunteers where there from 6 different organizations, and complete organization prevailed. Praise the Lord!!!!!!
PASTOR DAVE BUNJE IS WORKING TO CLARIFY WITH THE COUNTY THAT TEMPORARY SHELTERING OF HOMELESS PERSONS IS A NATURAL AND PERMITTED MINISTRY OF A CHURCH. He is getting evidence from churches who are currently involved in homeless ministry in Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Solano counties. This evidence will be used to persuade county officials that they need not block churches from doing what they are called to do.
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Foothills UMC opened for two nights a week after being assured by the County that they would not interfere. 
Before this time, The Seven Day Adventus church in Comino hosted a nightly shelter during the cold months.
Eventually this small beginning of The Nomadic Shelter grew to include Green Valley CC, Federated Church, Solid Rock Foundation, all joining in to provide overnight space. With volunteers from other churches helping at these locations, we provided seven night of sheltering our homeless population.

Sadly, we are now down to three churches providing only 3 nights sheltering.
 

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The Volunteer

We do not for fame or fortune,
The exhilarating feeling of success, the accomplishment felt
within.

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.            12/13/12
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If I may plead. My JSS laptop computer has had it. It is “out of date,” “out of speed,” just plain “OUT.”
We need a donated, laptop computer with at least an I-5 speed or greater, Windows 10, with a large screen to be used in presentations, and again donated. We do not want to take money used to purchase the necessities that we distribute to our homeless population to purchase a computer. Possible????  www.Ron@JobsShelters.Org

 
                       
Our work makes Him smile!  

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Homeless Issues #132

Homeless in El Dorado County  
                         
What I found out at the Continuum of Care (CoC) meeting. (County bureaucracy is supposed to handle homeless issues within a county and is a HUD requirement.) Big let-down. No County homeless coordinator! That dream died. The County Government is going to hire an outside the County group “www.HomeBaseCCC.Org” Law firm, for one year to …….  do what???
I arrived early to the meeting and heard the last part of the “Official/Executive” part of the scheduled meeting. The “decision makers.” The conversation was regarding the Nomadic Shelter or a Winter Shelter. But of the 20+ persons in that position, none were representing the Nomadic Shelter. After the meeting, “others,” like the Nomadic Shelter representatives, are allowed to participate. What was said after the “Official/Executive” portion is over is just “dressing” as I see it now. They meet only 4 times a year.  BTW; All members of that “Official/Executive” group are made up of non-profits that pay salary to employees with the money they receive for their work. Just might be that one or two are not in that category, but I don’t know them. I understand that. Where should most of the monies go? The financially strapped homeless persons? The poverty burdened 70+ year old? The emotionally disturbed elder? Or to county financed locations that provide bathrooms, showers, laundry facilities, counseling/training, warmth/cooling shelter? And to the 3% of our school’s population who have experienced homelessness in their school years. Also, another statistic: one in five homeless are veterans.  (As reported at this meeting.)?
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A tantalizing mention was made during the CoC meeting regarding “Perks Court,” a county owned property that Art Edwards and I worked hard to up-grade for use by the homeless community way back in 2009. That was taken away from us, used a couple of years and then abandoned. It has just set been idle for all these years. County used it to park some equipment on. Will that ever come to be?
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The Nomadic Shelter is an ALL Volunteer endeavor, carried out by all volunteer help and effort. Done by persons who have a passion for their fellow humans who, as the Bible says, are the “least of these our brother and sisters.” It is financed by donations with, one-year, financial help from the County.
Such a county wide offering can be done. It had been done. I was involved. I incorporated the East San Gabriel Valley for the Homeless. In L.A. County it continues now and has for over 25 years. A winter shelter as well as transitional housing for the homeless are provided.

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Placerville Police Dept. and JSS has not always gotten along. During the Police Administration of Chief George Nielsen, and the Hangtown Haven days 2012-2013, police, and homeless population got along well. The Chief was pro-active in homeless issues. Unfortunately, he retired in the fall of 2013. The city hired a new
Chief. The change, we saw was immediate. Police dropped by Hangtown Haven, the homeless encampment, only to arrest someone. The Police harassed those of us who distributed clothing and lunches in public parking lots. And I in my van was followed when I drove within the city limits. That is the way it’s been since 2013 and until the new Chief was installed..
The County Sheriff Dept has started a H.O.T. team; ie. Homeless Outreach Team, working with the homeless population.
Placerville has a new Police Chief and although they do not advertise their involvement with the homeless population, they also have started to interact with the homeless population. A BIG change. JSS has offered to assist them when they need clothing, hygiene, necessities etc. for a homeless individual or any other assistance we can provide.…………………………….  

Homeless Issue #131

Homelessness is a 12 month 24/7 ordeal. Some persons handle that one way, while others handle that time in other ways. Is there assistance in enduring that way of life? Is it to just lose it in the drug and alcohol world? Is it a learning experience that in fact make for one’s betterment? 
One program in our area makes homelessness of the single homeless person a learning experience. That is “Christ Like Services.” “Christ” from the Greek “Christos” from the Aramaic, “Messiah.” And it follows that school of thought and action.
CLS takes in the homeless person who wants out of homelessness, or if need be, away from the Drug/Alcohol life. The person is placed in an environment that does not allow drugs/alcohol, and that person is paired with a partner. This “duo” supports each other. Encourages each other. All in the program go to work. They work for homeowners who have requested laborers for home improvements, “yard work,” “house sitting,” auto repair, welding, etc. All are covered by a statement of liability that each party involved has signed. And at a very reasonable price. This is supported by a very understanding of what might be termed as a Judeo/Christian work ethic. After a length of time necessary for the candidate to maintain and adjust to working reliably, is drug/alcohol free, and then has found a paying job as well as acquiring a car, that person “Graduates.” That person can fall back on CLS if there is a need. Sounds great? Well it is working and has worked. 100 persons have been baptized, “going to the water,” while in their program.
There are now 14 in the program. They “camp” out away from the towns and temptations. All go to “work” programs each morning. There is
a “Men’s” house where the 6 beds are alternated between the 14 participants. (Only 6 beds can be occupied in each house per county law.) 6 women reside in the “woman’s” house with the same work ethics used at the men’s house.
Moral and ethical issues are discussed and enforced at all locations.

Close to 100 persons have participated in this regiment over the last few years.
Bob Deruelle put this all together, and it is done with private donations and volunteer help. No cost to the taxpayer.

Christ Like Services needs space to increase their service to the community, taking care of those who have the very least. CLS needs a work place away from the temptations of our cities. They need a “Farm,” a place to house their transitional homeless charges. A place to have a garden to feed their homeless charges. A place for teaching a moral and ethical life style. Christ Like Services wants to lease a farm or at least property to continue and expand their service to our community and for those who have the very least.

Contact Christ Like Services at:
LifeAbundant1010@Yahoo.com

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Nomadic Shelter:  Important!!!
This year all the Shelter Locations will be working in sync; all will be doing the same thing and enforcing all the same rules in every Shelter location.

All Nomadic Shelter volunteers working in any of the churches, are asked to please attend the Shelter Volunteer introductory workshop that will be held on Saturday, Oct 6, 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon, at Federated Church in Price Hall.

Nomadic Shelter dates:
Begins Nov. 1, 2018 ……………… Ends March 31, 2019

Homeless Issue #130

Due to the lack of available resources and budget restraints, the County Sheriff Dept. Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) was going to be dropped. However, the County Supervisors came to the rescue in order to continue their work. The Sheriff Dept. is swamped with backlogged paper work regarding special permits, and other administration issues. The Sheriff Dept. needed additional funding to complete its obligations to the citizens of ED County. Thank you, Supervisors, thank you Sheriff Dept. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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In preparation for the up-coming Nomadic Shelter season, the governing body has proposed a uniform code of conduct for both guests as well as volunteers. This added continuity between sites will make it less complicated for our guests and also the host locations will know what is ahead as well as what was it like at the last location. This revision is instituted for the safety of our volunteers as well as our guests. There will be training sessions for all lead church representatives and the training sessions for all volunteers. Please contact your host church Nomadic Shelter coordinator. This winter we will attempt to have all host locations fallow the same procedures so that we have consistency throughout the Nomadic Shelter program.
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Sad, Sad, Sad, Christ Like Services has had to move and re-group. They lost their lease when the benevolent Lady owner died, and her son took over the property. Christ Like Services was all set to move to a new location, but phone calls with new location owners and others in the community cancelled the move. Christ Like Services will still maintain the Women’s House and the Men’s House as well as a small office to continue their varied business doing light construction, field clearing, auto repair, etc… They just must stop their out-reach to the homeless population. Sad, Sad, Sad.
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JSS has started a new location for the homeless in Cameron Park area to get the necessities of living on the streets at Foothills UMC on Tuesday afternoon around 4:45 PM. The homeless in that area are scattered, and I have not been able to make any connections so far in that area. If you encounter homeless in the Cameron Park area, please tell them that clothing, socks, toilet paper, underwear etc. available at Foothills UMC on Tuesday evenings around 4:45 PM in the parking lot.
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Ron is ready to “EAT CROW.”
I have been really laying it on the City of Placerville because I perceived that after the city budget meeting the city was not going to fund the new position of County Homeless Coordinator. I said what I felt in that newsletter. RON WAS WRONG! …………. I now understand that the City of Placerville is going to fund their part of that project. Thank you Mayor Wendy Thomas and City Manager Cleve Morris and the rest of the city council for your support. HOORAY FOR THE CITY OF PLACERVILLE.