Homeless Issues 111 pt2

UP-SIDE

Only Kindness, Inc. fka the Community Resource Center has a new home!  We have been 100% mobile operations for the past couple of years and the Placerville Police Department generously offered us some shared office space at no cost so we jumped on it!  We can be found Thursday and Fridays at the Police Substation located at 1488 A Broadway right next to the Dollar Tree Store. Our service hours are from 11-3. 
 
We still offer whatever services we can to our homeless population including housing assistance when funds are available, ID’s, free phones for those who qualify and advocacy services in general.  Now, thanks to JSS, we have tents and bags, too.  We encourage those in need to call us at
530.344.1864 and make an appointment.  Walk Ins welcome on Fridays from 12-3.
 
Rene Evans
 

If I might importantly add, the Placerville Police are not involved in any way with the operation of Only Kindness at this location. No cops around!

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DOWN SIDE

Good Afternoon,
The president (Trump) has released his budget for 2018.  Included in the budget process are agencies and grants that El Dorado County has used to support community in multiple ways.  
 Below is a partial list of programs that the administration is seeking to remove all funding that causes us great concern:
Health and Human Services
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Community Services Block Grant 
        Health Professions and Nursing Training Programs 
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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program 
Housing and Urban Development
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Community Development Block
        HOME Investment Partnerships Program 
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Development Assistance Earmarked Appropriations for Non-Profit Organizations Other
        National Endowment for the Arts 
       
National Endowment for the Humanities 
 
William Roby
El Dorado Foundation

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UP-SIDE

Thank you, THANK YOU! County of El Dorado:
Yep, the Nomadic Shelter received the check of $10,500.00, and change that was promised in November of 2016. WE got it!!!!!!!! It will be put to use in the up-coming winter months.

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JSS and Ron Sachs questioned
I have been hit with “What makes you some kind of an expert on the homeless?” I will allow the California State Assembly to speak for me.
                                
“ In Recognition of Your service, dedication and hard work as one of the founding Members of the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless. Your work has touched thousands of individuals throughout the San Gabriel Valley and you will truly be missed..”

That went on for 25 years. First 18 years as president. I picked up some things in that time. 😉

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El Dorado County now has hired a person who has graduate education in Homelessness.
Welcome Daniel Del Monte
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Homeless Outreach Team.
The El Dorado County Sheriff Dept now is “HOT”
 

This is law enforcement helping ALL citizens, even our citizens who have the very least. Yes the Sheriff Dept. is reaching out to the homeless population with advice, resources available, and most importantly, understanding. God bless you guys! (“Guys” as in male and female deputies 😉

Thanks Sheriff D’Agostini!

                 

Homeless Issues 111

Only in El Dorado County??

 
8 men who are right now homeless, but want to be out of the drug/alcohol homeless crowd, have gathered together and set up tents in a National Forest camp ground for the legal number of days, with the supervision of Christ Like Services personal. During the day, they travel into Placerville to find work or attend recovery programs. While they were gone, someone or persons shot up their tents with shotguns. Some of the upstanding citizenry of El Dorado County left their mark on persons working hard to overcome homelessness.
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JSS Book “Homeless in the Gold Country”

 
To all of those who have participated in some way in helping the homeless in our communities, your name or your churches or organizations name, will be found in this publication.
 

Introduction

 
This book is a chronological progression/regression of homelessness in one California County. We speak about the fabled “Gold Country” of 49er fame where Gold and Homelessness runs hand in hand in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of El Dorado County, California.
 
We have reprinted the newsletters that Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS) has sent to their subscribers since 2009. We also gave a small introduction to homelessness and a brief profile of who are “those people.” We concentrate on the single homeless person. Those persons, who are seen by some as the dredges of the earth, and subhuman, are our subjects.
 
We introduce you to the different “categories” of homelessness and who they are. At the completion, we suggest what you can do relative to the homeless population.
And more importantly, we depict the struggles that one has to endure to help and bring a semblance of understanding to the City/County governments and their responsibility is to their citizens who have the very least..
 
The book will retail for $22.50 from Amazon as well as Barnes and Noble.

I plan to offer a signed by the author copy to anyone who donates $35.00 or more to JSS.
For the signed copy, one would send a check made out to JSS, with “Donation” in the Memo line, and send it to JSS/Sachs, 108 Candlelight Ct. Somerset, Ca. 95684. I will send them a signed copy.
 
 
JSS book can be shipped on June 1st. We are accepting orders now.

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How many homeless persons in El Dorado County?

 
Glad you asked!
 
Persons: 82 in So. Lake Tahoe and 316 in the rest of
ED County.
Total 443
Female: 29 %
Male:     71%
 
Families:
60
Total persons: 156
Veterans: 5
 
Total homeless persons in all categories is 598
 
10% of the un-sheltered homeless are over 60 years old.
30% of the un-sheltered homeless are over 50 years old.
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Homeless Issues 110

On Saturday, April 23, 2017 a memorial service was held for Elliot Cohen. Our homeless, mentally challenged brother. His brother and sister-in-law flew from New York to take part. The church was packed; chairs were put in the aisles, the choir loft was full, others sat on the floor around the altar, and still people stood. The outpouring of love and compassion for “one who has the least” was awesome and mind-blowing. His brother had said he was going to title his talk, “Elliot’s War,” but after seeing the crowd he decided to call it “Elliot’s Grace.” Truly a deserving tribute to our brother.
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I suspect that many if not most of you were at the memorial service for Elliot Cohen Saturday.  This was truly a deeply moving and most significant event.  I agree with Frank Gates, we must not let the Spirit of that event fade.  If we had on-going shelter for homeless people, Elliot might still be with us.  We need to surge forward.  I hope we flood our elected leaders with letters, phone calls and presentations.  We need to let the world know that something must be done to relieve the fate of our homeless friends.
 
We know that the County has the Opportunity Knocks group working on long term solutions funded by Federal money. The project is basically good, but the reality is that it will be many years before anything is actually in place to shelter and care for homeless people.  We need an interim solution while the longer term one is being developed.
 
There is a Placerville City Council meeting at 6:00 PM this Tuesday the 25th.  The Council usually allows public comment on matters not on the agenda, but limits them to a short time, I believe up to 3 minutes.  I plan to speak and mention Elliot’s passing and memorial, report on the Nomadic Shelter program that just concluded  and ask the Council to help us develop a facility to shelter homeless people in all inclement weather and ultimately around the clock. 
 
I encourage others to attend and be recognized as supporters of developing shelter for our sisters and brothers.  If you are moved to do so, speak as well.
 
Regarding the County, there is some work underway.  We had three members of the BOS visit the New Hope Nomadic Shelter a few weeks ago.  There were staff members there also.  There have been meetings with key staff members.  There is an effort to define and contact all agencies providing some form of service to homeless people,  The goal is to get caring people and agencies working together.  We will be asking county staff how best to proceed and how best to work with the BOS.
 
Please consider letters to the editor and personal contacts with public officials via phone, internet and letter. 
 
Blessings,
Don 

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I, Ron Sachs (JSS), here now petition the City Government of Placerville City, to replace the bench that was taken away because of Elliot, from the front of “Off Broadway” store located on Broadway and attach a easily readable plaque with this inscription.

“Elliot’s Bench”

 
 

Homeless Issues 109

The Nomadic Shelter has completed the sheltering of the homeless persons of El Dorado County for this season.
             
The shelter operates from November 15, 2016 until April 1, 2017. A total of 253 persons have signed the “Shelter Guest Guidelines.”  The That is the number who took refuge in the shelter out of the approximately 404 homeless persons who live in El Dorado County. Some only 2-3 nights; some every night the Shelter was open. That comes to a total of 6,103 person/nights that the Shelter housed the homeless for the County that has, at least a moral obligation to make sure their citizens are at the least , sheltered and fed.
The County said in November, 2016 that they would contribute $10,000.00 to the Nomadic Shelter to help the Nomadic Shelter cover expenses incurred while sheltering the homeless citizens in El Dorado County. As of April 4, 2017 no money has arrived at the Nomadic Shelter from the County. If we take the $10,000.00 promised, divide by the 6,103 person/nights, we come up with the County promising to pay the Nomadic Shelter group just $1.64 to shelter and feed those in our community who have the very least. And the County has not even come up with what they promised.
Thank you Super. Hidahl; Super. Frentzen; Super.VeerKamp; Super. Novasel; Super Ranalli: for promises made but not met. You are not taking the even minuscule/ basic effort to care for those who have the least.
I understand that the dirt, sand, gravel, rocks and asphalt that the county infrastructure is in need of due to the weather is important. But our homeless persons aren’t even worth $1.64 a night?
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To those who took on the responsibility of caring for our citizens who have the very least ……………………………….. Words can’t say it all. God Bless each and every one of you; Each host church, each church’s volunteers, the food prepare-rs and servers, the overnight volunteers, the check-in crews, the van drivers, the clean-up crews, the dreamers and the doers. God looks down and smiles on you. As a teacher/scholar of the bible may I say, “Yes you do read it!” “Yes, you follow its message.”
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We especially want to say a fond farewell to a very loving “faithful servant,” who has been a great supporter and volunteer for our Nomadic Shelter.  Rev. Dr. Mary Maaga has been called to serve in another capacity in Northern California.  Her compassion and love with /for the dignity of all of “those who have the very least” has been greatly appreciated. Known as “Pastor Mary” to all who knew her and experienced her loving care–we going to miss you GAL!
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A new Mentoring ministry is being started up by Loyd Inglis. Befriending/mentoring a homeless person is designed to help those in need both with their physical needs and to enhance their spirit. That is a major challenge for a homeless person, and you are encouraged to work with one or more partners to do it with a person in need. Sharing the burden makes it far more manageable. If you are interested, contact Loyd at 530-903-0262 or OutRch@Yahoo.com
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A special thanks to New Hope Fellowship in Shingle Springs for opening their facility on Tuesday nights closing that gap we had to fulfill to have a shelter seven nights a week. New Hope offered the space and volunteers from other churches “manned” the shelter. Actually, it was “womanned,”  lead by Liza Reed and her team. Others joined in and they had a very successful shelter season. God bless the New Hope Fellowship and their gift of grace.
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With very heavy hearts we have to announce the passing of one of our most beloved homeless person on April 5-6, 2017. Elliot Cohen has been with us for many years. Elliot lived in his own fantasy world far away from our realities. He suffered from aggressive police harassment, and he was loved and cared for by the small business community surrounding his little place in this world, known by so many who knew of him and loved him. Elliot slept in what we might call a “ditch,” or at least an earth depression; moving when harassment by local authorities took away some semblance of peace for him. In this last Nomadic Shelter season, Elliot did come to the shelter at night.
Elliot symbolized homelessness in El Dorado County and how they treat its single homeless population.
Elliot’s Memorial Service will be held April 22 at 11:00 AM at Federated Church.

 

Homeless Issues 108

The County Grant:
 
Regarding the grant, the County finally decided that a formal agreement with Community Haven (HTH), those  handling the financial operations for the Nomadic Shelter, was necessary.  The County developed the agreement and Art Edwards, Treasurer and Don Vandekar, President of HTH, have signed it.  Don mailed it back to the County on March 8.  Don believes this is the “last hurdle” and that the County can now send us the form that we are to fill out and submit for payment.  It is a good thing that we had the successful fund raiser and received funds from various churches, the Presbytery and individuals.  If the Nomadic Shelter had to rely on the County money this past year, the Nomadic Shelter would have had major problems.  You may recall, the Board of Supervisors approved the grant back in November The grant is for $10,500.
 

The Nomadic Shelter suspends its operation on March 31. JSS will distribute tents and sleeping bags to those who have used the Nomadic Shelter and had not received a tent and sleeping bag in the last 12 months. Keep in mind that the Nomadic Shelter was in operation for 5 months.
 
As of  3/20, we have had 253 different persons using the Nomadic Shelter.
 
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Where do the homeless go, what do they do and who can help them out?
 
JSS has a bright yellow tri-fold called “STREET SMART” What you need to know! FINDING–FOOD—CLOTHING–SHELTERS—HEALTH–DRUG/ALCOHOL TREATMENT–DOMESTIC AND VIOLENCE FREE RESOURCES.
 
These tri-folds are made available to each homeless person when they pick up their tent and sleeping bag….. Courtesy of
Graphix Ink printing company.
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JSS will continue to drive our vans and delivering clothing and hygiene necessities to the places where homeless people congregate. They must gather on private property where we are protected from Placerville police harassment. It would be great for our brother and sister citizens who have the very least, if the city of Placerville and their police department would allow JSS to give what we have to the homeless at the old location on the fringe of the parking lot on upper Broadway.  The complaining landlord still does not attract business at that location, and with a police sub-station there, all should not be disruptive to the surrounding area for just the two times a week our vans appear. And more importantly, our homeless population would have the benefits of clothing and hygienic necessities. What a thought for a city. Caring for all of their citizens.
 
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Homelessness
 
“We need fewer mysteries in our lives through and holding up any subject, no matter how trivial or how profound, to the strong light of day, takes the mystery out of it.” — Andy Rooney
 
Through tattered clothes small vices do appear;  robes and furred gowns hide all.– Shakespeare
 

 

Homeless Issues 107

El Dorado County’s privately run winter shelters, run and managed by local community non-profits, have recorded a total of 286 homeless persons so far this winter. On the west slope we have about 40% women and on the east slope about 30% women. There are about 7 more weeks for the Nomadic Shelter to go.
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What happens after that? Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS) gives to the homeless population, on the morning following the last night of the Nomadic Shelter, a sleeping bag to each person who had not received a sleeping bag in the last 12 months. (Since last April 1st.) In the past JSS gave out a tent and a sleeping bag. However this year JSS does not have the funds to purchase new tents. Used sleeping bags can still keep persons warm when needed and the supply is supplemented by new bags when necessary. However, used tents are useless because they are missing necessary elements necessary to set the tent up or to stop rain from entering the holes. We also required the precipitant to sign a document that stated they would set up the tent only in legal locations. Thus, only new tents will work. It cost JSS little over $5,000.00 per year to supply a bag and a tent to each person. And JSS just does not have that money this year. That service of tent and bag to the homeless population had gone on for over 6-7 years. JSS is sad that it is not able to continue that service to those who have the very least, this year. They will just have to do!

                                           

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JSS has had the honor to address a couple of young persons groups: Holy Trinity Catholic Church Youth group as well as Cub Pack #117 Den 3 recently, and the Hands4Hope group in the past.  We spoke about who are these “Homeless persons,” and more importantly, what these groups can do to help elevate the suffering of those who have the very least.

                                      

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Regarding Foster Care.
 
Up-Date: Just to let you know, in California, we have what’s called Extended Foster Care (signed into law effective January 1, 2012). Any youth who was in foster care on their 18th birthday can come back into the system until they are 21 years old, provided they turned 18 after the law went into effect. They can contact their previous social worker (or probation officer if they were placed in out of home care through probation) to find out more.
However some do not want to continue at the foster home and those persons end up on the street.
 
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Homeless Issues 106

Who are these “Homeless” people?
 
Homeless “Pigeon Holes.”
So many “Pigeon Holes” that society will never be able to plug them up. 

A. The mentally challenged who fight demons daily, large and small, real and perceived, who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
 

B. The addicted to alcohol and legal and illegal drugs who are escaping from reality because they can’t deal with the realities of living in the general society. This starts at a very young age as they are not taught accountability, cause and effect, responsibility, and a good work ethic. A good indication of this is to learn what jobs they held before age 16.  And who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
 

“A” & “B” are what we see as “the homeless.”
And those are the minority.

C. Those just out of prison with one or more “sub-pigeon holes” attached. And who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat.. 

D. Those unskilled individuals who do not have the opportunity or ability to learn wage-earning skills. And who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
 

E. The older persons who are viewed as too old to learn a new trade, a possible burden to one’s business and might be “set in their ways.” And who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
 

F. The 54+year old who lost everything and was deemed “too knowledgeable” in his field to be trained for a younger, growing company and was perhaps a past competitor. (in my case) And who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
 

G. The transient, wandering explorer, “Hobo” of past years, who is an adventurer in their mind. They’re always looking over the next hill.
 

H. 18 year olds who have aged out of Foster Care. They will fit in many of these Pigeon Holes. And who do not have anyone willing or able to take care of their basic needs, such as shelter and food to eat..
 

I. Victims of domestic violence. Special facilities and treatment are needed. El Dorado County does have places where these victims can go for help.
 

CAN WE HELP?
 
A & B will always be with us.
Hospitalization, compassionate incarceration, continued tailored professional mentoring and care would be the only solution, and would need to be formatted to suit each individual’s needs without enabling them or their bad behavior…. This is not about to happen.
 

C, D, E,F, & H are there for us to uplift spiritually and materially. Giving them a job for long/short term with minimal or above wage that gives dignity and allows some sense of independence, is “Christ Like Services” (530) 622-1267. CLS has a “Free of Liability” form available. Many have used their services and changed their view of the homeless persons.
                   
            
 

THE COUNT:
 
January 26 overnight to January 27,
Only Kindness Inc., and others, under the direction of Jennifer LaForce will take a count of the homeless population in El Dorado County. This has been done in the past. However this time is to be so much more thorough and complete. We applaud Jennifer’s efforts.

 

Homeless Issues #105

The following are the “Host Churches” or Churches who are actively working with a host church in the
Nomadic Shelter:
Bayside Community Church- Placerville
Cold Springs Community Church
Faith Episcopal Church
Federated Church
Foothills United Methodist Church
Green Valley Community Church
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Rolling Hills Community Church
Solid Rock Faith Center
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Others, such as Light of the Hills Lutheran Church,  Rolling Hills CC , and Foothills UMC regularly donate clothing throughout the year.

“To my knowledge we have 68 formally recognized church communities in El Dorado County.  Surely we can do better in our efforts to live out the biblical mandate to offer spiritual, emotional, and material support and care to the most vulnerable members of our larger community.  If you are member of a church community not currently involved in the Nomadic Winter Shelter, we need your support and help!  We are currently without a host site on Tuesday nights.  As we move into the coldest part of the season, that gap becomes dire for our homeless brothers and sisters.  There is a wide variety of facility configurations and capacities amongst our current host churches.  Whatever the limitations and challenges of our buildings we make it work because the call to provide sanctuary is integral to our tradition.  Will you join us?”
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“Report of Methodology for Housing Inventory Count and Point in Time data collection for El Dorado County Continuum of Care”

Is that a NAME or what? We might call it, a census of the homeless street people in our community. Anyway it is very important. Very important! A volunteer will go out to the places that the homeless street persons “reside” and interview them with the help of a pre-printed form.

If you can help out, contact Jennifer LaForce of  “Only Kindness” at ..Jenniferlaforce@gmail.com…. A training session will be necessary.
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Another set of questioning of our homeless population will also be conducted in the near future. This one is HMIS: Homeless Management Information System. This has been around for quite sometime. It is based on a computer generated questionnaire needing a person to be in the presences of a computer. This was the idea of persons who process forms daily and view forms as routine. This is not compatible with our homeless street people who do not frequent offices with computers. And our street people do not recognize 9 to 5 office hours. The HMIS group is going to try something different this go round. I hope this is successful.

Those of us who where around when the CRC (Community Resource Center) was in operation remember this process and thought it wonderful. The CRC was a place that homeless persons could go for assistance, companionship, and yes, be registered with HMIS. It was located on their “home turf.” Only Kindness, the non-profit that ran the place had the right ideas but without money to continue, it had to close down. WE SURE NEED A CRC NOW that could also double as a Tuesday night shelter.
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JSS needs for our homeless population distribution, women’s underwear, men’s loose boxer shorts (medium), toilet paper,  pillowcases to put blankets in for use in the Nomadic Shelter and prayers for our citizens who have the very least. I will come pick them up if you gather them up.  😉
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HAVE A BLESSED & HAPPY

NEW YEAR

 
 

Homeless Issue #104

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, County of El Dorado Board of Supervisors. This move to help finance a shelter is an answer to many of my prayers. It initiates a need to officially organize the Nomadic Shelter under one organization. And will require accurate record keeping of those in the shelters. In the past, I found that the “official” homeless count by the County did not match with what I saw while on the streets and working in the shelters.  The registration of a homeless person requirements are a bit lengithly and involved, and are difficult for some of the homeless population to answer because of their short attention span. I had difficulty when conducting the U. S. Census, and past count census of the homeless population in El Dorado county. I pray the county requirements takes into account the population they will be addressing, and that populations abilities and their attention span to answer questions.

Officially:

HangTown Haven serves as the fiduciary agent for Nomadic Shelter Program .  The Shelter, as you know is a informal entity.  When concern about the fact that the NS had no legal status was raised perhaps a couple of years ago, the NS asked if HTH would serve as its fiduciary agent and HTH agreed.  
 
Don

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We are sure into winter and I want to thank those BIG TIME clothing donors who came through BIG TIME with “Giving Trees,” at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, “Special Jeans Collections” (they collected over 65 jeans in the sizes we are in need of), at Light of the Hills Lutheran Church, and in the case of  Rolling Hills CC, an every two- week donation throughout the year, for JSS to distributes to our homeless population. MAN did they fill the bins in our storage unit! Our storage unit is a joint collaboration with Community Haven (HangTown Haven Inc.), Only Kindness Inc., and Job’s Shelters of the Sierra, which is in a house, housing homeless women.
Many others of you donate throughout the year, and you also are thanked and blessed.

Foothill UMC is the central collecting site for all donations. I pick up from them on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Also every Sunday morning after our church service.
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Tuesday nights are now covered. A group from Faith Episcopal Church headed up by Liza Reed will be hosting the shelter at Cold Springs CC on Tuesday nights. This is a great example of all of us working together. Some might call it ecumenical, partnership, but it boils down to all of us doing what our God asks of us together.
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On the East Slope of El Dorado County, in South Lake Tahoe, the “Warm Room” is now open at 2179 Lake Tahoe Blvd., 7:00 PM, first come, first served.
More info. at …  www.tahoehomeless.org ….phone after
7 PM … 530-600-2822.
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Placerville is replacing the chief of police who, it had been reported, was harassing the homeless population of the City of Placerville. I pray they choose a new chief that has some empathy for those of our citizens who have the very least.
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            Have a Very Merry Christmas
        Keep those who have the very least in your mind
                              And in your heart!

 

 

Homeless Issue # 103

The County steps UP!

The County recognizes the efforts of the primarily volunteer-run temporary shelters in the South Lake Tahoe basin and on the Western Slope of the County.  The County, through the Health and Human Services Agency, is the recipient of Community Services Block Grant one-time funds.  On November 15, 2016, the County Board of Supervisors approved use of that funding to provide support to the winter shelters that assist community members who do not have a warm place to sleep during the cold winter months.

Thank you.

Patrica Charles-Heathers
El Dorado County  Government
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I am humbled by the current County Board of Supervisors. Their approved use of these funds will provide financial aid to the hundreds of persons in our county who have devoted time, energy, compassion, and their personal money to careing for our citizens in the county who have the very least, our homeless population. Some of our churches and individual volunteers have struggled to provide that service out of their compassion and concern for their fellow men and women.

I thank you County Government.
Ron Sachs
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Hello shelter group.
 
After much prayer and consideration my wife Nicki and I have decided to accept a position at East Parkway Church in Granite Bay.  It is with sorrow, trepidation and excitement that, effective immediately; I have resigned from my role as Community Impact Pastor at Cold Springs Church.  Over the past year God has continued to open doors for Nicki and I in Placer County.  At the same time the difficulty in meeting my commitments in El Dorado County has became more and more evident.  I am so grateful for each and every one of you.  It is my prayer that God will continue to bless all of you and the El Dorado County Nomadic Shelter.  I love you all and pray peace and blessings for each of you.
 
Peace and Grace to you,
 
Frank Gates

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Frank and I met about 10 years ago. Frank with his sandwiches and I with my socks and toilet paper went behind the K-Mart shopping center passing out what we had to offer to the homeless persons camping there.

 We traveled the path together, each in his own way, doing what God, through His Spirit, has set out for us in His name and His Glory. Why me, why you? Only He knows. We are both blessed to have been chosen.

In the name of God and Jesus/Y’shua and that Spirit that speaks to us..

I was blessed to be a friend.
Ron
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These are very big changes that we will survive through. We pray that these changes benefit those who need our service, love and compassion.