Homeless Issues #51

Your opportunity to help out at HangTown Haven

As winter
approaches, it is apparent that the operation of the Haven needs additional support
from the volunteer community. There are times during the middle of the day when
extra help is needed to coordinate and supervise the lives of the homeless
people living there. Responsible and experienced homeless residents are often
gone during the daytime aiding at CRC, searching for jobs or running errands in
downtown. As a result, there have been periods when no responsible person is
available to coordinate activities at the site.
we are putting out a call to all churches, supportive non-profits and other
individuals to provide volunteers to help us keep Hangtown Haven running
smoothly. The volunteer could be a man or a woman, or both working together on
a shift. These volunteers would do the following:
1)      Be on site three hours a day, either from 9:30
AM to 12:30 PM, or 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM.
2)    The shifts would be five days a week, and not on
the week ends.
Hopefully, if we can get ten volunteers, it
would mean one three-hour shift per week. If we can get ten volunteers,
would mean one three-hour shift every other week.
A tent and a propane heater will be provided to
supplement the fire pit for warmth.
5)    Most of the shift would be taken up with reading
or talking with the homeless on-site, whichever he or she prefers.
6)     The responsibilities of the volunteers while on-site would include the following:
a. Check in new residents from CRC and help them
fill out their transfer slip, liability release and list of rules.
     They would
then insure that these documents were properly stored in each person’s file.
b.   Maintain the site census based on new arrivals
and departures.
c.   Maintain the site cell phone to use for
emergencies and local communication.
Coordinate with on site council members on
general issues on site.
Insure that the parking lot is clear when toilet
cleaning, delivery or refuse removal trucks are due.
f.      Coordinate with law enforcement, mental health
or parole officers when they arrive.
Call the police, ambulances or other emergency
vehicles when needed.
h.   Contact Hangtown Haven board member when appropriate.
contact Ron Sachs, Shirley Edwards or Janis Carney if you are interested in
helping the homeless at Hangtown Haven.
Thank You.
Edwards, President
Maggard has a ministry building disability ramps for persons who need a
ramp to replace steps. If you know of someone who is in need of a ramp
but can’t afford one, contact Don at   … donnymagg@hotmail.com …..
or ..530-306-0703.

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

Homeless Issues #50

Mentally challenged and homeless in El Dorado County: What don’t we do? The wide chasms between help and a cold, wet, tent.

at HangTown Haven became frustrated due to what we found to be going
around and around in circles when we attempted to address the mentally
challenged guests we encountered at the Haven.
needed, on the ground, protocols to address what we can do to be of
help to those at the Haven who had mental challenges, and lack the
ability to function. Now.Today..

The major players are:
Placerville City Police. They involve themselves in criminal activity only. Being mentally challenged is not a against the law. El Dorado County
Dept.: They are
in only Civil law within the city limits of
Marshall Hospital: A privately-owned medical facility that can chose to admit or discharge persons regardless of what county, city, community mental health professionals recommend. Then there are County, community non-profits, and “mental health” advocates. Among that group is the “Crisis Team-Mental Health.” And finally,there is HangTown Haven Inc. with Laurie Marchant
as liaison/coordinator on mental issues at HangTown Haven. She will be
asking for volunteers to help her in transporting mentally challenged
person to their appointments. Contact her at ……….. 
lauriemerchant@att.net …….. if you want to help out.
have a subject; we will
use the name “Jordon,” a real person, mentally and medically/physically
age 61, and how he has fallen “through the cracks” of the care of the
challenged persons with little to no income in El Dorado
County.Jordon’s mother is in an assisted living facility unable to take
care of herself, leaving a son of 61 years of age who can’t take
care of himself, in a tent at HangTown Haven Inc.

The following is a summarized timeline of one incident with Jordon. Those
involved are Larry, Chair of HangTown Haven Community Council, Kenny of HTHCC, and
Laurie of HTH.
And City/County authorities.

10-21-12 (Sun)
PPD called by Larry at HTHI for unsanitary health/incontinence.  Ambulance transported Gordon to Marshall
ER.  Released within a few hours.

10-24-12 (Wed)
Laurie Marchant called APS @ 1:45.  Spoke to Ben briefly that we needed help for
a 61-year-old man living at HTHI with mental illness, medical challenges of
chronic incontinence, and concern for possible contagiousness for all residents
at camp and the Upper Room.   No help by
Laurie drove to APS office @ 3:30, met with Jayle Goucher
(and Ben).  Meeting eyeball to eyeball to
convey our concerns was imperative. 
Jayle was compassionate, concerned and helpful. Case opened.
Drove to Rite Aid to get prescriptions for Gordon and order
refills @ 4:30.
PPD did a NAMI check that evening at HTHI.  Sgt. advised Larry Allum that PPD would do a
follow up check in the morning.
10-25-12 (Thurs)
Gregg DeLuca of APS at HTHI to meet with Jordon and Larry @
9:30 am
Laurie met with Gregg @ 10:00 at HTHI.  Advised to get medical evaluation. Due to intractable
incontinence, concern for contagiousness. 
Gregg very helpful.
Laurie called Community Health to get stand by appointment @ 12:00.
Laurie and Ken Greene drove Gordon to Community Health at
1:00.  Unable to get a stand by
appointment but scheduled for appointment. tomorrow at 5:00 pm (expedited).   Advised to take Gordon to Marshall ER to
test for C-Diff. and rule out contagious concerns.
ER 2:30 – 8:20. 
Rather than simply dropping Jordon off, Laurie and Ken stayed to
advocate and give history. 
Larry Allum arrived @3:00 to relieve Ken.  Social Worker Jennifer Dwight-Frost
compassionate but unable to help with housing placement.  Tests negative for C-Diff and other
potentially contagious health issues due to fecal incontinence. 
Gregg DeLuca (APS) called Laurie @4:30 and advised we get
two necessary documents for placement in Assisted Living or a Residential Care
Facility: Obtained copy of chest x-ray to rule our TB; however, physician on
call would not complete the “602” form required for placement in a Community
Care Facility.
Marshall ER discharged @ 8:20 pm with instructions to follow
up with personal physician.  Jordon does not have a personal physician, he is homeless.

Jordon picked up at Upper Room @4:40 by Laurie and Gene for
Community Health appointment. at 5:00 – 6:30. 
Appointment. scheduled for Mental Health on 10-31-12 with Dr. John Bachman and
full physical on 11-1-12 with Kate, FNP.

Laurie asked Larry and Gene to set up a used tent, sleeping bag and
blankets, as Jordon’s was nothing short of a health hazard to ALL residents
with fecal matter, urine, and filthy contents.  
Laurie asked Gordon if he would be willing to purchase a new tent and sleeping
bag when his SSDI money deposits on 11-3-12.  Jordon agreed.

10-28-12 (Sun)
Larry called Laurie @ 10:00 am to advise that Jordon was
covered in feces and urine while in common area at HTH.  Laurie suggested calling NAMI and CIT.
Larry called Cathy Hartrum (NAMI) and then CIT @ 11:00 am.
Sgt. Hammitt, PPD, responds at HTHI and placed Gordon on a 5150
hold.  Ambulance transported Gordon to
Marshall ER.  Sgt. Hammitt advised Larry
that Gordon would NOT be back to HTH.
Apparently no Social Worker available at Marshall. 
County Mental Health is contacted for
evaluation.  Robert Bloom and someone
from his staff (Eric?) determine the criteria for a 5150 hold is not met.   Marshall ER releases Gordon and sends him by
cab to HTH after 8:00 pm. 

Laurie met Larry, Ken and Gene at HTHI @ 11:00 to clean out Jordon’s filthy tent.  All bedding placed
in plastic bags for disposal.  Feces,
urine, loose tobacco, cigarette butts scattered amongst all contents. New Rx,
Depends and some clothing soiled. Tent flooring and mat cleaned.  Another sleeping bag provided.  Gordon was instructed afterwards that he is
NOT to smoke in tent.  He agreed.

That is just one person out of many.

Thank you Jordon for being the catalyst to bring all Mental Health operatives in El Dorado County together. Lt. Norlen of the ED County Sheriff Dept. and Cathy Hartman of NAMI, called a
on Monday of all the Mental
Health operatives in El Dorado County together, and working together,
we pray, will find all the cracks that homeless persons fall through in
El Dorado County, and improve their care..

in mind that HangTown Haven is a Tent Encampment of Homeless guests
staying in tents. HTHI is not a Mental Facility that has the expertise
or ability to manage Mental Health issues.

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

HangTown Haven OPEN

Friends and supporters;

The City of Placerville will extend our Special Use Permit on HTHI until November 15, 2013.
At that time they feel that with working with the County, they can move
HangTown Haven, the CRC and Upper Room to another location. That way all these services would be in one building. That will be the city’s goal. 
Private citizen Wendy Mattson will take up that endeavor. I urge all to support her efforts.

I will up-date you as we proceed through the

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

HangTown Haven Closure

Friends and Supporters of HangTown Haven;

City Manager is to make the following suggestion at the 7:00 p.m.,Tuesday, Oct. 23rd Town Hall meeting building (across the street from the Mexican restaurant just above the Placerville Court house); that HangTown Haven should be shut down for the winter, citing safety reasons.
Safety reason #1: There are to many people walking along upper Broadway from HangTown Haven and the Community Resource Center.
Response: Guests from HangTown Haven will not be walking along Upper Broadway to get to the CRC. The guests at HangTown Haven will use a “back route” that does not include walking on Upper Broadway.
Safety reason #2; It is cold in the winter, especially at that location.
The homeless persons of Placerville have been camping in tents during
the winter, including in that location, for the 8 years that I have been
involved with the homeless population of Placerville. Since the Nomadic
Shelter has been in operation and before that, when United Outreach
hosted the homeless, we experienced that some nights we would have 15
persons and on other nights we had 60+. Why the difference?
Some persons did not want to stay at the  Winter Shelter. The churches
try their very best to take care of those, the citizens of the City that
The City may care for but don’t provide for; but they can’t handle 60-80 persons every night for 4-5 months.
Every homeless person who has been found frozen to death during the winter was found in isolated, hidden places. Not in any community that takes care of one another such as HangTown Haven.
each of you who receive this message, send an e-mail to each of the
following and/or phone these city council members, asking for them to
listen to those who have experience with the homeless community, have a
knowledge of what homelessness challenges are. and have experienced being homeless during the winter months.
Mark Acuna Mayor … markacuna1@mindspring.com  ….
Wendy Mattson Vice Mayor …..  wmattson@sonic.net ……
Carl Hagan Council Member …. carlhagen.councilman@gmail.com
Patty Borelli Council Member …. prefers a phone call …. 530-622-5253
Cleve Morris City Manager ……. cmorris@cityofplacerville.org
Please, I pray, send an e-mail to the above address and if you can, attend the City Hall meeting on Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Ron Sachs 😉
Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)

HangTown Haven

Haven Inc (HTHI)

Board of Directors:
Edwards, President and Chairman
Ron Sachs, Vice Chairman, Operations
Jim Ellsworth, Secretary/Treasurer
I apologize for not responding to your generous gifts to HangTown
Haven before now, but
I have been waiting to include the latest site developments in my report. The
bottom line
is that the encampment has been successful beyond our wildest dreams. Since it
to Placerville
homeless on July
15th, HangTown Haven has taken in thirty-five men and
women who are living in thirty tents. The residents have created their own
that makes and enforces the rules they all live by. It is a thrill to see them
take charge of
their lives and do what is necessary to live together peacefully. “We are
all brothers and
sisters here,” is the words that we hear most often.
The property has been leveled and cleared of brush which has made
the fire chief
very happy. Since camping in the forest is illegal, the police chief now has a
place to
which he can encourage illegal campers to move. The property owner is very
happy with
the cleanliness and organization and enjoys dropping in to have a chat with the

inhabitants every week or so. Now, we are busy preparing for winter.
Since the rotating shelter program will be operational again this
winter, not all of
our homeless will remain at the Haven during the cold season. However, some
will, and
we must provide protection for them from the elements. The following
have been or are being implemented as I write.
1. Wood chips have been spread around all the tents to keep down the
dust and
2. Plastic tarps have been issued to all tent owners to cover their
tents since most
     tents are not waterproof.
Four portable toilets and a wash station are provided and emptied
4. A three cubic yard dumpster is emptied twice a week.
5. Floodlights now illuminate the toilet area and parking lot and
floodlights for
reading in the common area are now in service.
6. Twelve electrical outlets are now available for charging cell
phones and using
Small size gravel has been spread in the common area to reduce
      8. A fire pit has been installed in the
center of the common area for warmth and
comfort on cold nights.
      9. Four hundred square feet of overhead plastic cover the common
10. Four picnic tables and many chair have been provided.
11.  A fire
protection water hose is now connected and available.
12.  A potable
water filtration system has been installed.
13.  Showers are
available at the CRC a short distance away.
14.  The Faith
Program provides lunch every day.
      15. Dinner is available every evening at the Upper Room, a short
walk up
      16. A 24′ x 36′ concrete slab and permanent overhead structure
will be added
when the funds are available.

At 7 PM on Monday the 15th, the city held
a town hall style meeting in the
city hall building to provide a platform for everyone to share their opinions
of the
existence of HangTown Haven in our community. Vice Major Wendy Mattson and the

City Manager Cleve Morris, lead the discussion providing an
opportunity for all to
be heard.
Everyone connected with HangTown Haven agrees that it has been a
success. We have learned a lot and have made the area as winter-proof as
possible with

the funds available. It was interesting to hear the public’s reaction;
Our long-term. goal .is to build a more permanent structure over a
concrete slab with
additional electric service and heat in the common area building. While we are
accomplishing those goals, we will begin building individual mini-shelters for
people to
live. Tents are a temporary solution. Shelter designs are being developed as
you read this.
Our ninety-day trial period is up next week and we look forward to
negotiating a long-
term lease with the landowner. We continue to work with the city to verify that
we are
meeting all code requirements. All signs are “go”, as we aim toward
successful long-term
help for our community’s homeless. However, none of this would have been
without your gift. The homeless and HangTown Haven volunteers send you their
thanks for making a safe, clean, friendly place and new life available for
them. To this I
add my own appreciation.
Thank you very much.Your continued support and donations are welcome and vital.

Art Edwards, President
HangTown Haven, Inc.
non-profit corporation,
PO Box 89,

Homeless Issues #49

Progress,,,,,, Regress,,,,, 3 steps forward,,,, 1 step back……………………….

We now have a covered and graveled common area, a safe fire place, water testing has been completed, and safe and legal residents. We at HangTown Haven want very much to thank you for all your efforts and all the volunteer plumbers, electricians, and laborers, with the help of some of those living at HangTown Haven, for making it all possible..
Now we have to keep it going. It will cost about $2,000.00 per month to operate the facility. We do not get any financial support from the City of Placerville or from El Dorado County Governments. We of HangTown Haven Inc. would like to encourage both the City and the County to help us with the financial responsibilities we assume taking care of their citizens and our people. Keep in mind that without the cooperation and bending that the City of Placerville has already shown, we would still be
without any place for the single, homeless El Dorado County citizen to sleep. Rent for HTHI alone will be $500.00 per month.
What we need for the future:
Can we get a pledge, a true commitment, in writing, by e-mail, in some way, that you can be counted on to donate XXXX amount of dollars each month for the up-keep of HangTown
We need that so we can make out our projected budget.
Winterizing HangTown Haven Inc.:
Yep, we are going to be open during the winter months for our residents. Why?? So our residents have a place to go during the time they are not at a Nomadic Shelter.After
they eat at the Upper Room in the evening, they will go to Mercy Way Rescue to be picked up to go to a host church if they so desire. They will return to the pick-up location about 8:30 AM the next day. On nice days/nights they might wish to stay in their tent with their belongings.
This gives them a choice that we have experienced in past years. Some just do not want to go to the crowded shelters. And some might just want to enjoy the safety, community spirit, and legal status of where they are now staying. We pray that the future holds “Micro-shelters” to replace the tents. It all takes your donations. Please send those donations to:

HangTown Haven Inc.
P.O. Box 89
Placerville, Ca.  95667

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (for tents and bags)
P.O. Box 1839
Shingle Springs, Ca. 95682-9998

Ron Sachs 😉

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)

Homeless Issue #48 + HTHI

HangTownHaven Inc. is flourishing! Self-governed by its residents and recent past residents.

They said it couldn’t be done, and with your help it is being done. The
5 member board of Citizens in Transition, with advice when needed from
Marie Cook, Operations Manager at the CRC, is experiencing group
Yes they have had to deal with those who can’t
control their own lives, have cultural challenges, addictions, and just
can’t get along with others.  In addition, they have to deal with their
own feelings of accomplishment in what they are doing and where they
will go from here. Those
can’t control their own lives, have cultural challenges, addictions,
and just can’t get along with others, will, of course, have a different
view and prospective, and will attempt to bring down what has been
accomplished at HangTown Haven Inc. by

Placerville Police Dept. has stepped up and assisted HangTown Haven
Inc. in keeping order and civility in the community. They have come when
needed, and are welcome when they are not needed as law enforcement;
they come just as citizens wanting to help..
As of 09/01/12 There are 23 tents, with three tents that are double occupancy. All are enjoying clean, legal, and cooperative living
while they struggle at being homeless, and needing help.

We see what parents never see in their children when their child is
living on the street by choice. I’m afraid that I have had  a mother
shouting at me, while she proclaims how honest and saintly her daughter
is who had chosen to live on the streets and not under the supervision
of anyone. We saw and experienced a very different child then what was
presented by the mother.

Many  groups have come forward with expertise that we lack and have offered their support. WE welcome all support.
If a group of persons wish to tour HangTown Haven Inc., we would be
pleased to take them on a tour, after we inform the residents of when
the tour will take place. This protects the residents privacy.

Haven for the homeless population is primarily for those who can show
some connection to Placerville City. When the tents and sleeping bags
from Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS) are given out to the homeless,
they are offered to residency at HangTown Haven if they have some
connection to Placerville City. If they don’t, they are told not to set
up anyplace
within the Placerville City limits and are told to go onto El Dorado
County land.

would love the Supervisors of El Dorado County to acknowledge that the
County has a homeless population and would either set up there own site
or contribute to the operation of HangTown Haven and allow the County
homeless population to join in the advantages of HangTown Haven Inc.
There is space for more persons at HangTown Haven Inc. Tell your County Supervisor to step up and help ALL of their citizens, not just the revenue producers.
They are all God’s children and citizens of their County!

I was told that a new church, Mercy Way and Rescue is being created to provide worship and Bible study for the homeless
population who, I was told do not feel welcome or feel out of place in the churches in and around Placerville.

Ron Sachs 😉

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)

Homeless Issues #47 + HTHI

You are doing it! God bless you, and thank you, from those who have the least.

A few bumps in the road. You said. Who said. What said. How, Where, When, and what did you say? Growing pains, new cultural structures, responsibility; we are learning fast.

The HangTown Haven, Inc. site is going well as the “Citizens In Transition” go through the learning experience of being an organization, working as a group. There are 23 tents with about 30 persons living at HTHI, and this arrangement of “self-government” of the homeless population at HTHI, has a few growing pains. Water is a very tough problem. There just is not enough water at the HTHI to fulfill the needs of those living there. I ask that some group or organization help us out with providing water to the residents of HTH. There is a well, but the water has to be processed in such a way that the City can approve it for drinking. This cost about $3,000.00 to get going. Is there some person or group that knows what is needed, can do the work, but just needs some money for the parts? Or could we organize a “bucket brigade” of some sort to keep those at HTHI with water to drink?

FAITH, the feeding organization, provides food at lunch time, and “The Upper Room” provides food at their facility at 4:30 to 5:30 PM. every day as they have been doing for over 8 years.

I have heard that there is/was some speculation as to weather Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS),  HomeTown Haven, Inc. (HTHI), and the Community Resource Center (CRC) are recognized as tax-deductible, non-profits by State and Federal agencies. All three are 501 (3) (c) non-profit, tax-deductible organizations, recognized by State and Federal agencies. And those donating monies will receive the proper receipts, necessary as prescribed by law, for their yearly tax returns.

Dr. Deb Prock is hosting, with her group, a “Great Give Away” on Saturday Aug. 11. A big Bar-B-Que, clothing, medical advice, plus music, will be open to all of the homeless community, at the Community Resource Center. It will be a big break for our homeless community and up-lifting to those who participate.

There are other groups that I am not aware of, or do not ask me to their meetings, that do things “on the street,” for the homeless population, I can’t report on them or what they plan to do or what they are doing. The Nomadic Winter Shelter is organizing now for this upcoming winter, and I am sure they are looking for help. Each of these have their own newsletters, and I assume that you will be hearing from them and what their needs are.

We need your support and donations.

Don’t forget the T- shirts, socks, toilet paper, tents and sleeping bags that JSS gives out three days a week. JSS has given out, through the CRC, 145 tents and/or sleeping bags since Nov. 2011. They are still needed and can be dropped off at Foothills UMC @ 3301 Green Valley Rd. Rescue/Cameron Park, Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

You can donate to the “Water System” at HangTown Haven Inc. by writing “HTHI Water System” in the memo line on you check to HangTown Haven Inc.

HangTown Haven Inc.           Community Resource Center        Job’s Shelters of the Sierra
P.O. Box 89                            1864 Broadway                               P.O. Box 1839
Placerville, Ca. 95667            Placerville, Ca. 95667                    Shingle Springs, Ca. 95682-9998

Homeless Issues #45 & HTH

Up-Date on HangTown Haven Inc. Yes,Yes, Hangtown is one word. “HH” just doesn’t make it. 😉
It is now HTH, for HangTown Haven Inc. I pray  I did not offend anyone. It is still one word. 😉

God, The Maker, has heard, and said “Now is the time.” The Hangtown Haven site will not be ready for winter this year, and we need to rely on the Nomadic Winter Shelter to do its thing this winter. The HTH site is located next door (east, towards the CRC) of the Hangtown Motel about 100 yards or less. You will see a new driveway; and when you turn in, you will see two “Porta Potties.. A great welcome.

We have already heard and are aware of the “bad mouthing” by some of the homeless population; you can figure who they might be, but when 16 homeless persons showed up to do hard labor, clearing brush, in the heat, working 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM on a Saturday, supported by 6 interested persons, who had not, to my knowledge and by their questions, interacted with the homeless population.  I say that is success.
A late comer, ” You take donations” giving me two crumpled dollar bills, representing many cans and bottles dug out of the trash, “I’m nothing, just a drunk, old, Indian woman, I’m nothing.”

The “nay-Sayers” and those who are bad-mouthing this project, have issues beyond anyone’s help in my humble opinion. .

Thanks for your support, your prayers were the ones that encouraged God to say, “I’ll look into this.”

We have started the project that all receiving this have supported in some way. “Homeless Issues” is sent out only to those persons who somewhere, some place, showed an interest in what is happening to our citizens who have the least.

What day can the homeless population who want to abide by the rules of consensus and have some connection to El Dorado County, move in? We as yet have to be informed by the City of Placerville and its code enforcers, and its Police and Fire Dept.

Celebrate,  and stay tuned. Yes, we need funding. HTH will need $87,000.00 to complete the project. We will begin, and build as we receive operating and construction funds. See the address of the major organizations that are involved in this project below.

HangTown Haven Inc.           Community Resource Center        Job’s Shelters of the Sierra
P.O. Box 89                            1864 Broadway                               P.O. Box 1839
Placerville, Ca. 95667            Placerville, Ca. 95667                    Shingle Springs, Ca. 95682-9998

Ron Sachs 😉

Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS)

Homeless Issues #43

LET’S GET UP-TO-DATE about our homeless citizens in El Dorado County…..

What about the Community Resource Center (CRC) ………………….

After noting that there are 225 to 250 different individual visits each week at the CRC, and that the CRC has a 4 1/2-page “intake” procedure that gives them information to provide homeless persons with the services that might be available to them, since November, JSS provided 124 sleeping bags and/or tents that were distributed by the CRC. This helps make sure the tents are going to those who truly need them.  We are not just throwing away the tens/sleeping bags JSS provides, I asked Rene to give me a run-down.

Thanks, Ron. Please, prepare yourself, this is a long one! J

In July of 2010, we opened the Community Resource Center with the thought that we would serve primarily the homeless population and we have. We helped coordinate the county’s first seven- night-a-week winter shelter. We have become the place to send people when they have nowhere else to go. We have completed intakes and assessments on more than 600 individuals with over 9,000 visits through our doors, since we opened. We have documented 1,845 incoming referrals from 26 types of service groups and government agencies; provided grant assistance for direct funding to the community totaling over $20,000 in funds for car repairs, identification, bus passes, school supplies, interview clothing, sleeping bags, tents, rope and band aids, etc. We have been at the core of finding over 35 people permanent housing, 42 people jobs through our resume services and over 122 people onto medical insurance in the past 20 months. We have provided over 400 loads of laundry and 1800 showers to folks in need. We have been this community’s safety net and we have not asked for much. Our average cost to keep our doors open is around $20,000 per year. We have one person on staff, our Executive Director, who earns less than that annually and $14, 000 of that was donated by one amazingly generous person, but it could only last for so long. Now, there is no money for a salary and little else to do much with, either. We are definitely hanging on by a thread right now…
Here’s some general service info for you. See throughout (closer to the bottom) for specific numbers. You’re right, it is time for the community to step up and be responsible, too. We have PayPal for those who do not trust that we will get our mail and we DO send out thank you’ s to those who donate unrestricted funds to the CRC. Ron, we have been doing almost all of this since the first day we opened. Our overhead is approximately $1500/month or an average of $50 a day to keep all of these services available to our community. I am sure I am forgetting something. Here’s our donation receipt and some Success Stories, too. We are at a point of do or die. Do we continue or let it go? Rene

What about the “HangTown Haven” …………………..
The legal encampment area, being provided by the city of Placerville? It is in the formation mode. Yep! It is going to happen. Total cost will come in at $87,000.00 to $97,000.00 completed–all from donated monies. We plan to build in stages as money is made available. To start the project we will need $4,000.00 for the fence. There will be an area and improvements to allow the homeless population to move in before the project is completed. After $9,000.00 and donations of material and labor, we should be able to start allowing persons to move from the illegal encampments to a legal encampment. Did you get that? Legal encampment!!!!!

Yes, we need YOU. Donations are to be sent to:
(In the “memo” line, put “For CRC” or “For HangTown Haven.”)
Community Resource Center
1864 Broadway
Placerville, CA. 95667
The CRC web site will accept PayPal credit card donations for the CRC. …… WWW.edcrc.org ….

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