Homeless Issues #65

Homeless Issues #65                                      11/25/2013

The following are statements from the major players regarding the demise of Hangtown Haven.

Hello Ron,

You can print the following: From Art Edwards. President of HTHI

The homeless folks who were living at Hangtown Haven, the most successful legal homeless encampment in the west, were dealt a serious blow by the Placerville city government when they voted to close down the camp. During the discussion, it was made clear by the two lawyers present that the city had a choice and the council chose to close it, scattering over thirty homeless residents into unknown shelters and illegal encampments around the community. Many are using the rotating overnight shelters at the various churches, and a very few, if any, are using the day time shelter at Christ Like Services.  However, both the daytime and nighttime shelters will close on April 1st and then where will they go?

It is interesting to note that the addition of the thirty or so residents of HTHI has already overloaded some of the rotating shelters and has exceeded the capacity of the bus that drives them there. HTHI has stepped up with its seven person van and is carrying overflow homeless to the various churches each night.

Hangtown Haven, Inc. is staying active with the homeless by providing transportation services driving overflow homeless to the nighttime shelters as mentioned and providing transportation for them to doctor’s appointments that gives them access to needed mental and physical support. Our now scattered residents are hard to locate because many are living in individual camps in the woods around the city. HTHI is also negotiating with Health Connections to see if we can support them someway in the health community.

We will continue to support the homeless in any way possible through this cold and wet winter, a task made extremely difficult by the actions of the city council.


Thank you for the opportunity…here goes: From Wendy Thomas, Mayor

The closing of Hangtown Haven was incredibly difficult; I can only imagine how hard it was for the residents and volunteers who have poured their heart into this effort.  I firmly believe that this ending will pave the way for a new beginning, for we are committed to building on what was good and beautiful about the Haven model while being wise about the challenges within our community.  As we find common ground, we can build on it, and the City and the County look forward to continuing to collaborate with you to make meaningful progress in supporting transitional living.

Thanks Ron,


Ron: From Mike Applegarth. Spokesperson for the Board of Supervisors.

The Board didn’t direct us to find a location for another Hangtown Haven.  The motion on September 10 was to report back on homeless sheltering locations.  On November 5 the Board directed us to report back with an assessment of current services, community needs and possible financing options for transitional housing.  Neither motion excludes a camp format like Hangtown Haven, but our investigation won’t be restricted to that concept.  We hope to report back in January.


I was saddened and upset by the implication that Hang Town Haven was an attractive nuisance. In fact, AB109 has introduced 93% more felons to El Dorado County since the Realignment started. And guess what? They are directed to the CRC and the Upper Room. So much for blaming the Haven for the increased crime incidence of homeless offenders along upper Broadway. But that was the excuse that was used. As Counsel for HTH pointed out, the City Council acted on behalf of a then non-existent Community Planning Director(?), in granting the Special Temporary Use Permit to HTH. And with respect to this, the City Council could act independently by extending the TUP, or even issuing a new TUP on their own authority. I understand the neighbors angst and hope the police can do a better job of cleaning up this rats nest. I sincerely believe that you “threw out the baby with the bath water”.


John J Werner

Placerville resident

for 27 years

Again, back to square one


Posted;  June 12, 2009 ….  From Homeless Issue #3

It is the ultimate goal of the JSS, working with a coalition of caring groups, to acquire property to  build adequate housing for homeless citizens in El  Dorado County who want to better themselves, whereby programs can be offered to integrate its residents back into society with dignity and purpose.

Please visit the JSS web site …..www.jobsshelters.org.

Donations can be made by clicking here.

Homeless Issues #64

Homeless Issues #64

Homeless placement at Perks Court is not on Nov. 5 BOS agenda. 30+ persons are not that important. Realigning maps, roads etc; # 13-0866 & #13-1133, #13-1044 etc. are.

There is fear of not knowing where one is going to sleep. They might know the building, but not even know where they will sleep in that building. Few have had to experience that; and after one does, you can understand why one escapes into the bottle or takes a hit so they do not have to remember that fear. The “Bushmen” of the savannahs of Africa make an indentation in the rocky ground to accommodate their hips and buttocks while they sleep. With just that indentation, they at least have their “home.”

I live in a trailer park, and just don’t have any property that a tent can be put up on. I can vouch for some homeless persons who can be a help on your property. If you have a little spot of land to allow a tent to be set up, please contact me. I have at least 4 persons, in their 40s, who are responsible and doing volunteer work in our community with no pay. They need to be encouraged. Can we find them a place to lay their heads; a little indentation in this rocky time? My e-mail address is below.

This is what I have been told by the El Dorado County Government:  A note from Mike Applegarth.

For Haven clients in particular, we have convened a team a Health and Human Services Agency staff that is preparing to meet personally with residents of the Haven at Town Hall on November 5 to ensure that they are connected to all services for which they are eligible. (All of us had that information, but relayed information to the County that the county did not have a handle on.)

We also have a team of County staff evaluating potential shelter locations as requested by Hangtown Haven and the City of Placerville, and directed by the Board of Supervisors on September 10. We have been working with the City to identify possible day shelter locations.  We are also trying to understand the potential costs for a day shelter and are working on funding options.  Hearing from the Haven representatives that transportation and storage are significant concerns, I have met with transit officials for options in acquiring and distributing transportation assistance, and am looking at locations near potential day shelter sites where we could place some type of storage unit.

Recognizing that many of the actions mentioned above are short term, the transitional housing discussion will hopefully provide direction on solutions we should be considering for the long term. (They had only months to work on the problem.) Does any of this alleviate a particular person’s chronic homeless condition? Absolutely not.  Does it perhaps give them a warm dry place to be while we try to leverage resources toward a better solution?  I hope so.

Meet Pattie: A concerned and informed citizen. You will hear from her periodically.

Pattie’s Thoughts:

Let me start by applauding the people who work in the Mental Health field in El Dorado County.  Those fine people are in the trenches doing the best they can despite the brokenness of the system as a whole. Without these fine people, who are greatly underappreciated, there would be no program for those with little or no resources. However, there are serious issues regarding the mental services that are available in the County.  At the result, The Mental Health Advocacy Team has been developed at Hangtown Haven. This team is composed of Laurie Marchant and Rebecca Nylander. The thoughts I present here are based on experience at the Haven in which we help monitor the well being of the residents and keep track of their appointments and medications.

I seek to provide a bird’s eye view of EDC Mental Health and its effect on the homeless population. I am aware that EDC Mental Health has gone through six doctors in eight months. The problem appears to be related to salaries and stress due to workload. One of the problems with a high turnover among doctors and the heavy work load is that clients often are seen by different doctors.  These doctors often come with different perspectives. I have been aware of frequent changes of a patient’s medications by different doctors. There is a high probability that a patient will not even be seen by the same doctor again. Another problem caused by the high turnover and the downtime between doctors is rescheduling. If a patient  was prescribed a medication by a doctor and that medication did not accomplish the intended result, or the patient reacted poorly to the medication, the chance of being seen by that doctor again are minimal at best and more likely impossible. What is happening to many patients is that they are being continuously rescheduled. There have been patients that have been reschedule five and six times. Each time there is, on average, a month between appointments. This result is clients who have been without meds for as long as five months.

The Mental Health Advocacy Team frequently struggles with trying to find other means of help. Often this requires turning to a lesser qualified primary care provider. Hangtown Haven provides ongoing emotional support and a safe place for the residents to register their anxieties and stresses.  This is often exacerbated due to a lack of meds or incorrect meds. It usually takes four to six weeks before it is known whether a med will work or not, if the dosing needs to be adjusted or if the patient was even diagnosed correctly. If a homeless individual is not lucky enough to have an advocate or the stability to navigate the mental health maze they often end up in an ongoing crisis mode with symptoms worsening and perhaps permanent damage is being the result. The other almost certain byproduct of these situations is concomitant addiction issues. Self medicate is applied in an attempt to cope and even to survive. Thus the person involved desperately needs not only mental health services but drug and alcohol recovery services as well.  These services are also sorely lacking in availability or effectiveness.

We have also come up against resistance in obtaining any treatment for many mentally ill people in the homeless community. Individuals have been turned away at the door and told to go to their primary care physician for care. This precludes them from access to the Transitional Homes, Vocational Rehabilitation Referrals as well as countless other resources to which they should have access. With the closure of Hangtown Haven there will be even more people with mental health issues sent out to fend for themselves with no one to fight the barriers to care and no one to support them in their struggles.

From Ron:    

BOS agenda of Nov. 5th includes; Item# 20 and #21 dealing with invitations and contracts with other counties to use the El Dorado County psychiatric health facilities. After reading “Patties Thoughts” does that compute? Does that mean having to hold beds for those counties and having to outsource our own people? Now we have 12 beds for inpatients but 18 beds are possible.

Time to Refocus.

I have resigned from the board of directors of Hangtown Haven Inc. After some discussion I’ve decided to step away from my leadership role in Hangtown Haven but will continue to help. Of course, I will continue to advocate for permanent shelter for the homeless at all levels of government and JSS will continue its delivery of personal essentials and informing the public of the inequities afforded to the citizens of ED County who have the very least.

Please visit the JSS web site …..www.jobsshelters.org.

Donations can be made by clicking here.

Homeless Issues. Becky’s Story

Dear Reader of Homeless Issues:The following is a true story from a real person at Hangtown Haven. We thought it reflected the good of this work and wanted you to see it too.


Becky’s Story
“Reflections Beside the Campfire”


As I sit looking around the campfire I am reminded of all the amazing stories. I am reed of the triumphs and the defeats but mostly I am reminded of the hope that a simple community can create and the support that is offered and the grace received. The love that endures in a population that many wish would simply disappear. Let me share some of these stories.

M- a gentle spirit who is plagued with such severe arthritis some days he can barely move. I remember a few Saturdays ago we had an abundance of donations. Matt pulled me aside and mentioned a family living just up the street with two teenage boys. He said they were having a very hard time financially and had no food. About and hour later the father arrived and we were able to fill his trunk with food. The man went away in tears and all he said was imagine this from a homeless camp. I recently found out that M use his SS to pay that families back rent so they didn’t lose their home.

R- is a jolly soul who served our country in the U.S. Military. In the past year he has had two open heart surgeries the most recent about three months ago to have a stint put in his heart. When they went in he had a 99% blockage. As a family we watched and held our breath wait for him to return to us and he did. He always has a witty comment or an off color joke to offer. He’s also the first to say cut the crap. He struggles with alcoholism but has done better at HTH than he ever has.

C- is a young man who came to us fresh out of jail. He has been a frequent guest there. He was cocky and full of himself. We worried about him but before long he began to step outside of himself. He began to take great pride in having a neat and orderly well kept area. During the summer he signed up for college. He is amazing example of determination. He has also turned out to be quite the gentleman always willing to walk one of the girls to the store or make sure they get to the bus safely. He has humbled himself and always has a ready smile.

G- is an older gentleman that has experienced more tragedy in his life than anyone should have to endure. He lost his wife and child to a drunk driver some years ago. This was followed by four other tragic losses in his life. We often hear G screaming from the night terrors he still suffers from. G used to make a living as a taxi driver however do to the effects of diabetes he is unable to see well enough to do his own shopping. He is basically unable to leave camp without escort.

JW- is Bi-polar Schizo-effective. She requires constant stability. She also must be watched constantly as her mood can swing drastically from Giddiness to sobbing to aggressive behavior. She finds a great deal of support at HTH. There is always a persons willing listen to her or just hold her if she is upset and there is no shortage of comedians when a silly distraction is needed. We call her our Pillsbury dough baby. Just poke her belly and see hear her giggle.

T- is one of our strongest individuals both physically and mentally. He is always there to lend a hand. If there is work to be done that is where you will find him. He is also always there to remind me that the fastest way to have a good day is to start with putting a smile on my face. About a month ago T suffered a stroke while working for a gentleman that only pays fifty dollars a day for ten hours of hard labor. T was released from prison after serving fourteen years for a commercial burglary during the three strikes days for all crime. He came away from that experience on of the most grateful and thankful men I have ever known. He volunteers his time

S- is a nineteen year old young woman who despite growing up with a mother suffering from addiction issues and having a severe learning disability earned her certificate of completion from El Dorado High has chosen to go back to adult ed and try to continue her education. She loves working with the elderly and has been seeking employment in that field.

JA- came to HTH after spending three years in prison for an alcohol related offense. If you had asked him four years ago, he would tell you that he planned to die and alcoholic. Now he is a member of the leadership council of HTH. He is deeply involved in service at Green Valley Community Church. He has never missed a service and he is a strong advocate for a clean and sober lifestyle. He offers compassion when needed and tough love when necessary. He was baptized on April 25th with the rest of the Community Council for the Hangtown Haven.

H- was a hopeless drunk who suffered from major mental health issue stemming from physical abuse suffered as a child. He now has just over 100 day sober. He spends a lot of time helping a friend of his on his farm. His mental health issues have stabilized and he is now calm and always quick to tease and poke fun reminding us not to take ourselves too seriously. He is also quick to offer a reminder that this is our home and we must treat it as such.

L- came to us after being viciously raped. She came to us very fragile and lost. I will never forget the look on her face when she said “do you not want me” That is a question no human being should ever have to ask. She is young in her sobriety and yet reaches out to every lost soul she can find always with an offering of love and hope usually said at mach ten speed and always with a vibrant smile. She cannot go back out into the hills vulnerable and alone.  He was baptized on April 25th with others from Hangtown Haven.

K- will forever be apart of the heart and soul of HTH. They both came to be by Grace and determination. K who came to Placerville in search of his sister ended up find a much larger family. He had offered wisdom, support and leadership to HTH since its inception. K is a staunch protector of our family. He is also the first to remind us that we have rules and standards and that they must adhere to. He was baptized on April 25th with the rest of the Community Council for the Hangtown Haven.

LR- is currently in recovery he came from a tough background. He has had very little support in his life. He came to us like most with no family and therefore very little connection to the world around him. He found a family and therefore a connection. He is a gentle giant. I often marvel at the sight of his large form embracing the small form of JW offering comfort and love. He has worked in the field of caregiving and was devastated when his client and friend passed away.

F- a brilliant mind. A member of the Community Council. A regular attendee of Green Valley. He walks out of church every Sunday with a word for the week. He is the conscience and the boundary guard for the Community Council. He pours his heart and soul into the marketing of HTH and giving people a very strong visual representation of who we are and what we represent.

C- is a young man who suffers from severe learning disabilities and mental health issues. His father committed suicide when he was young and his mother turned to drugs and alcohol. He is another kind soul who unfortunately illustrates what hopelessness really looks like. He functions well in the acceptance. He has even begun to thrive. He is going to school to try and get his GED now.

B- is an alcoholic who is in recovery. He was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. He came to us with some reservation on both sides. He has turned out to be a great cook a great friend and great communicator. He relies on our support and friendship to alleviate his fears. He has truly made himself a part of our family. He was baptized on April 25th with others from Hantown Haven.

DM- is a great kid. Due to an unfortunate accident when he was 17, he has no short term memory. We often tease him that having him in camp is like the movie 50 First Dates. He is sweet and friendly. If you ask him when he was born if he remembers that he has an ID he will pull it out and check. He doesn’t leave camp without a buddy because he gets lost. He is always willing to accompany one of the girls on a day of errands so that she isn’t alone.

JD- is a paranoid schizophrenic who also suffers from severe sciatic pain. There are days that she is totally unable to walk. She relies on our family to check on her and give her food. She also needs to be watch to make sure she doesn’t become confused and if she does then there are people around to help keep her safe.

DA-  struggles with depression and addiction. He has found a family who does not judge and has been on track for stabilizing his mental health and staying clean and sober. He is helpful around camp and often quick to offer a grin or a poke in the side.

SR- is also Bi-Polar Schizo-effective. She came to us as a zombie. She had been over medicated and actually overdosed on her medication. We ended up calling an ambulance for her and she was hospitalized for two weeks. She is back now and very fearful about her future. He was baptized on April 25th with others from Hangtown Haven.

D- is diagnosed as Bi-Polar. She is separated from her family right now while she works on herself and her mental health. She is always quick to play a game of dice with anyone who needs company or a distraction. She has an infectious smile. She is a voice for those who need one and is always willing to fight for someone who needs it.

CH- is a mother struggling to start over. She is clean and sober. She has been the victim of domestic violence. She helps prepares meal regularly. She does shopping for those who can’t go themselves. She has immersed herself in volunteering at GVCC as well as participating in several of the Lifeskills classes offered there.

JC- is coming up on 180 days clean and sober. If you had asked anyone in Placerville 190 days ago to list the town drunks this gentleman’s name would have been high on the list. Now he is a volunteers at the CRC. He is our camp goofball always laughing and making those around him laugh. He is kind and funny.

SM- suffers from major depression. She came to us after being in a T-house for about six months. If you ask her now though she will tell you that she is happier than she ever has been. She will also tell you that we live in a place of miracles. A place where there is a home without walls, a family without strife and hope without bounds. She smiles more than she frowns, laughs more than she cries and gives more than she takes.

RN- is a member of the Community Council. I came here after the tragic loss of my mother. What I found was a family, a faith and a home. I have found a passion for what Hangtown Haven does. I have found purpose and a reward greater than I could imagine.

I look around and I think of those who have come and gone. I think of the miracle this place is and can continue to be. I wonder what the expectation is. If you take our home away you just expand the problem. How can you take a solution and turn it back into a problem. Why take one step forward and two back. The courageous men and women who have fought to come this far deserve better than to be cast aside and forgotten. They have fought so hard and appreciate every ounce of support along the way. We pray that everyone who has supported us or wanted to stand together and help us find an answer. Five weeks is a long time especially when you imagine what God did in seven days.

Becky is on the Community Council at Hangtown Haven.

Homeless Issues #63

Hangtown Haven News

Art Edwards of Hangtown Haven said, “It is with great pleasure that I tell you that we now have a Ford seven person van for use by Hangtown Haven. For this we are indebted to Ginger Jacob and CVCC for getting this for us. It came from Ron Wells of Wells Auto and he is obviously a Christian man who is dedicated to helping the homeless. It is in beautiful shape.”

SPECIAL NOTICE: The Mayor and City council members joined with the City Manager, announced to the guests and volunteers of Hangtown Haven that the guests at Hangtown Haven have to be out of that location by November 15th. The City is providing counseling to each and every member of Hangtown Haven, to ease their transition out of the securities of Hangtown Haven and the unknown of homelessness on the street. Even with this disappointment, we want to give credit to Wendy Thomas and the Placerville City Council for having the foresight and the “guts” to get this Hangtown Haven started in the first place.

On November 16th the El Dorado County government will take over the responsibilities that the city of Placerville had undertaken. What the County of El Dorado will do or not do is a very large question, and how long will it take for the County government to act is the great unknown?


The expanded Board of Directors of HTHI is presently creating a document of the proposed “Policies for Hangtown Haven West.” The new location for HTHI whether on county or privately owned property will be open to all citizens of El Dorado County. We are just in the middle of our quest for better treatment for our citizens who have the very least in our community. We need your urging, your churches, your organizations, urging your District Supervisor to quickly act on a plan to help those who have the least in our community.

Community Resource Center (CRC)

 The CRC is really organized, with regular training sessions for all of their volunteers who work at the site. They have set up a regimented procedure for the distribution of the tents, bags and tarps that JSS provides for distribution by them. They recognize that each combination of tent, sleeping bag and tarp cost JSS $60.00. With this in mind, they attach a dollar value to each distribution, knowing that the supporters of JSS are getting full value for their contribution.

The CRC is the starting point for any homeless person in El Dorado County. They do a complete interview and counseling of each person who enters their offices. They then guide these persons to the opportunities that are available to them.

Nomadic Shelter opens November 1st. Please help out at a church near you. They need all the help they can get. Contact Carole Smith at 530-306-9192.

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)

As you noticed in the CRC report it cost our supporters $60.00 per person for a tent, a sleeping bag, and a tarp. We distribute these items throughout the year, hence our need for funds is also year-round. We take seriously our role as stewards and document each distribution in an ongoing effort to eliminate misuse and theft.

We again ask you to collect, ask your organization to collect, socks, to be given out to the homeless community. Their feet are most important in that they are on the move all day long. I have submitted bids to sock manufactures, but have not received any response from any of them. WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP!

Did You Know?

At the beginning of Hangtown Haven that Job’s Shelters of the Sierra was one of its larger donors and that when a new location is found JSS will again provide financial support to the best of our ability. We advocate for a permanent location for Hangtown Haven West, especially in light of what it has achieved in proving that many in our homeless community have the ability to self govern themselves with a little help from experienced volunteers. You can contribute to JSS and ask that the money be designated to Hangtown Haven West.


Please visit the JSS web site …..www.jobsshelters.org.

Donations can be made by clicking here.


Homeless Issues-Correction

Oops, we goofed.

Dear Supporter of the Homeless:

In the Board of Supervisor’s Update that I sent you last week I misstated the mayor’s position. My mistake and to set the record straight what Placerville Mayor Wendy Thomas did say regarding keeping Hangtown Haven open was that the decision was up to the entire city council, that there were major reasons for moving the site but that she would do her best to have the City work with the County to find solutions.

Once again, thank you for your support of the homeless and your support of Job’s Shelters.



Please visit the JSS web site …..www.jobsshelters.org.

Donations can be made by clicking here.


Homeless Issues Special Update

Homeless Issues Special Update

September 11 Board Of Supervisors Hearing:

It was a great experience for all of us …………… because …………. All persons recognized that El Dorado County has a problem and Hangtown Haven is one solution to that problem. There was virtually no opposition to Hangtown Haven and its operation. The problem was its location at Perks Court.

The County staff will begin to search the county lands to find a better place to put Hangtown Haven. The County has taken an interest, and now an effort, in getting a little corner of our world to place Hangtown Haven.

We were assured by the Mayor of Placerville that we would not be kicked out of our present location until a suitable place to put Hangtown Haven is found. Praise Wendy!

One observation was that many of the people did not know, or understand, what Homelessness is, and that it consumed 24 hours a day every day of the week for a homeless person. Knowledge of what homelessness is, and who the homeless are, and the differences within the homeless community, is little understood by the overall community. That is the biggest job we all have. We have to educate others.

Hangtown Haven Inc. Is not going away!!!!

It is with great regret that Jobs Shelters of the Sierra has been asked to leave Mercy Way Rescue Church, where JSS has been doing their tent, sleeping bag, and tarp distribution. We pray that MWR will continue to prosper.

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?


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


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)