Homeless Issues #28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Homeless Issues #27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you or your organization want to get involved??

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

Foothills UMC Mike Parr @ 530-333-5787

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

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

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

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

Nomatic Winter Shelter

In Seven Days, Just Seven days.

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

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

The first night is November 17th.

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

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

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

The more volunteers we have the better.

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

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

Michael Parr is coordinating Saturday nights.

The first Saturday night is on November 20th.

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

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

Wednesday, November 24th, night before Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 27th of Thanksgiving weekend

Saturday, December 25th, Christmas night

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

Wednesday, March 9, 2011, Ash Wednesday

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

Shelter Opportunities

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

Opportunities Abound.

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

I can help monitor. GREAT!

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

I can even volunteer to stay overnight. GREAT!

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

We can provide music for an evening. GREAT!

Meeting & ‘Training’


The Foothills United Methodist Church

Participation in the 2010/2011 Nomadic Winter Shelter

Wednesday November 3rd

7:00 P.M.

Foothills United Methodist Church

3301 Green Valley Rd

Rescue, CA

Room #3 Education Building

Homeless Issues #25

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

JSS Homeless #24

Homeless in ED County, some things you want to know.

Here are a few of the organizations that JSS is working with and actively participating with to care of those of God’s children who are disadvantaged or at a loss in our culture.

Community Resource Center (CRC)

CRC’s primary functional goal is to be a resource center, a physical point of light, to assist the local at-risk/homeless population in locating and utilizing El Dorado County’s existing and developing social assistance organizations.

The CRC exists  to assist the at-risk population in any area needed as a day resource center, including personal hygiene, counseling, transportation, clear direction to resources, inter-net usage, a mailing address, secure storage and a message phone, to discern which organizations are appropriate to help the individual, and, when passable, assist in getting the at-risk population connected into the daunting system of available assistance.

Rene Evans Director; 530-344-1864

Nomadic Winter Shelter

The initial organizational team consists of Ms. Rene Evans, of Green Vally Community Church and Director of the Community Resource Center, Pastor Frank Gates of Cold Springs Community Church and LOI 58 coordinator, and Mike Parr of Foothills United Methodist Church and coordinator of F.A.I.T.H.

They now have 4 nights of the week covered with nights 5 and 6 being considered by other churches. Your church or organization can join in by participating in one or more of these opportunities: Set-up; Check-in; Light meal or snack; Interaction; Overnights; Breakfast/Food to go; Clean up; Blanket Laundry; Mat Sanitization; Donations for gas, insurance, and maintenance.

Rene Evans CRC 530-344-1864

Pastor Frank Gates Cell 530-306-9192

Michael Parr Cell 530-333-5787

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

They go out every day of the week to feed the homeless and disadvantaged in our community. They need more volunteers to make the food and persons to deliver the food or do both. It is a great way for your church to get involved and have direct contact with our citizens who are at-risk, homeless, and the “least of these our brethren” who are mentioned in Matthew 25:40 & 45.

Michael Parr Cell 530-333-5787

We are JSS: Working with all who wish to help care for Gods children who are in need. We go to the gathering places of the disadvantaged, at-risk, homeless citizens of ED County and distribute all that is needed to survive the trauma of homelessness. Your contributions of sox, toilet paper, female sanitary pads, tents, sleeping bags, clothing, and the other necessities of homeless living are distributed at least 3 days a week in the summer and 5 days a week in the winter. Check out our web site below.

In His Name

JSS Homeless #23

GOOD PEOPLE!! OK, OK, and a few of you others 🙂

You/We are about to begin the project. Without YOU it could not happen! We have started to lay out the location and position of the “SUPPLY CLOSET”

The guys!

Yes, we are working together with our disadvantaged friends who will benefit in many ways. Here we are plotting the location. The drawings are going to the city to be approved, then the construction with the help of the volunteers.

Art Edwards the Architect; Ed Larson of Pacific Coast building supply; John D’Agostini and his pals the builders; Fred Arth, Bill Tolbert & Keven Gifford the “Do it all’s; Dana LaForce, Janis Carney & Rene Edwards as well as others are the cheering section. And importantly the homeless people who want to help, want something to be proud of, and take great pride in their accomplishments. We pray that the city of Placerville will approve the project quickly so we can have this facility finished by November before the winter months.

You can make donations right from our web-site with your credit card. Just click on our web-site below ……. click on donations ….. click on the credit card you want to use ….. fill in the blanks. Yep …. Please really fill in those blanks 🙂

Please keep us rolling and give us an opportunity to serve those who are really in need.

JSS Homeless #22

:-), :-), :-), 🙂 !

UP-Date from Job’s Shelters of the Sierra

We are on our way, for sure, we pray. The Supply Closet looks like it will be constructed and prayerfully before the winter month set in. Hoop #1, architect drawing will be done by Art Edwards. We have worked together in the past. Hoop #2, approval from the city of Placerville. We have high expectation that it can be pulled off. Hoop #3 Materials list. Hoop #4 Pacific Coast Building Material, Keven Gifford, and others are providing the building materials, Michael Picco will do the electric, and if additional materials are needed, we can get “a good price.” Hoop #5 John D’Agostini and his crew, with others who expressed wanting to help, will start construction. Then a GRAND OPENING!!!!!!!

Dr. “Deb” suggested  borrowing this idea from www.noahswish.com who does the 10-10-4 Animals fund raiser each year where they ask only $10 from 10 people to raise money 4 the Supply Closet.

“So if everyone who receives this email tossed in $10.00 we would have the building! “

Yep! only $10.00 from each of you, except those who have already sent in $100.00 to $500.00, we will have the money to build, furnish, and purchase the un-donated items that we need. Yes, Yes, we will accept more than $10.00.

PLEASE, Send a check!!!!!!!

EASY! And for a great group of people in need, our homeless citizens.


P.O.Box 1839

Shingle Springs, Ca. 95682-9998

JSS Homeless #21

Good People, Good People, Good Day

Jobs Shelters of the Sierra (JSS) is as busy as ever each week providing for our homeless population with provisions, support, love, and understanding. Ron Sachs can’t do it alone, his old body just ain’t what it used to be, and resources are thinning out. In any case we have great news.

JSS has been given an opportunity to build the JSS Supply Closet at the new Community Resource Center to replace the one we were locked out of at Perks Court. Yes, an 8 foot by 14 foot building being built by John D’Agostini, a member of our advisory board, and a bunch of his pals. With this collection and distribution Supply Closet, close to the center of the homeless population in Placerville, we can serve, our citizens who are in need with sox, toilet paper, clothing, hygiene supplies, etc. as we have always done and also be at a location that the homeless citizens can receive counseling, access to job opportunities, physical and mental problems addressed, and we pray, assist them to elevate themselves out of homelessness.

But we need the lumber, nails, and roofing materials to do this. $1,220.63. That is what Home Depot said we need to build this unit. Yes, I asked Home Depot for a donation, but that went nowhere. Now I am asking you to help us get this building built.

Your donation will be tax deductible and you will receive a letter to that effect when your donation is received. I pray you will follow through and help us build this unit. We need this unit up and going by mid August. We will need volunteers to help supervise its operation after we get open. Step up, step in, and participate.

Send the donation to:


P.O.Box 1839

Shingle Springs, CA. 95682-9998

Visit our new web site and say HI!

Homeless in July

Good Day Good people:
It has been a while since you heard from JSS, Job’s Shelters of the Sierra. NO, the homeless persons in our community have not all been removed to a palace with all services provided by a benevolent stranger. They are still with us, and many of us are still trying to provided needed services. As the weather changed, so did SOME of the needs. However, socks, toilet paper, “wipes,” are still in great need. And yes, money to purchase what is not donated.

New things are happening:
1. JSS, Job’s Shelters of the Sierra, has a new web site. Check it out!
……………..  www.JobsShelters.com ………….. Give it a LOOK! See where the tents you donated went. Over 60 tents last winter. We will have continuning articles relative to homelessness; i.e, reasons and backgrounds of the homeless population.

2. Rene Evans has picked up the fall’n ball from Perks Court and is heading up a Resource Center for the homeless that will incorporate what was planned for Perks Court: laundry service, computer access, showers, resources available to the homeless, and yes, a supply closet managed by JSS as we had at Perks Court. (We, JSS, will need your help in building a shed 9’X10′ to house the clothes and necessities of homeless life.) This will be located next to “The Upper Room.”
Contact me, Ron, at ..Ronald.Sachs@yahoo.com and say, “I’ll help.”

3. Our supply of toilet paper, socks, “wipes,” as well as “summer” pants and shirts is getting low. We are asking you to again collect socks, toilet paper, “wipes,” and “T” shirts and take them for pick-up to: Foothills UMC, 3301 Green Valley Rd. Cameron Park/Rescue, or to the new Resource Center next to the “Upper Room” on upper Broadway, Placerville. BE sure to put “For JSS” on the supplies that you leave off for distribution to the homeless of our community.

4. Many are putting much effort into preparation for the winter months. You will hear more about those efforts in the future as dreams and desire, efforts, and struggles continue as we strive to serve our homeless citizens.

The homeless citizens of our communities, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Placerville, Pollock Pines, the rual expance of El Dorado County still need our help. Who’s fault is it? ?????????. Most importantly, our moral convections, our religious convictions, and our civic duties all tell us to take care of the citizens of our communities and the “Least of these our brethren.”