Help Prevent Suicide with Upcoming Trainings

Suicide is preventable. Anyone can make a difference.

safeTALK Training

Learn and practice powerful, life-saving skills in just four hours. Using a simple yet effective model, LivingWorks safeTALK empowers everyone to make a difference. With over 120,000 people attending each year, it’s the world’s fastest-growing suicide prevention training.

When: Wednesday, November 20, 9:00am 1:00pm

Where: Empire Room at the Rood Center (2nd Floor, 950 Maidu Ave. Nevada City, CA 95945)

Registration required. Register here.

ASIST Training

LivingWorks ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills and Training) is a two-day face-to-face workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations. At a LivingWorks ASIST workshop, you’ll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive.

When: December 10 & December 11 (8:00am – 4:30pm both days)

Where: Providence Room at the Rood Center (2nd Floor, 950 Maidu Ave. Nevada City, CA 95945)

Registration required. Register here.

For questions or more information, please contact Toby Guevin, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Nevada County, at toby.guevin@co.nevada.ca.us or (530) 265-7018

Coordinated Entry Tool

CE Tool with VI for outreach workers
  • Personal Information

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Service Eligibility

  • Please fax the HRCS HMIS Consent for Release of Information with the clients signature to 530-274-5606. Upon receipt of the Consent form, the client will be added to the HMIS database.

Conquer Your Stress with Upcoming Class

Connecting Point is hosting a free workshop to help Nevada County residents prioritize their health and mental well-being.

Stress Busters! is a 4-week series of fun, interactive classes exploring a variety of stress-busting tools and techniques. Learn to use exercise, nutrition, and a healthy dose of humor to master stress and live a healthier life.

Stress Busters is held every Thursday starting October 3rd through October 24th from 2:30-4:30 pm at the Glenbrook Community Room, 265 Sutton Way, Grass Valley

Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Thursdays, October 3-24

 Register Today!

Ride Gold Country Stage Free Sept 19-21

All rides on the Gold Country Stage will be FREE September 19th through 21st in honor of the Draft Horse Classic.
 
Headed out to see the horses? Take Gold Country Stage Route 3 to the Brighton Street & McCourtney Road stop. The bus will stop at :08 after the hour from 7:08 am-7:08 pm on Thursday and Friday and 8:08 am-4:08 pm on Saturday. 
 
Call 211 for assistance planning your trip.
 

Volunteer Opportunity Spotlight, September 9th – 15th

Connecting Point’s new Volunteer Hub is growing quickly! Having launched just over a month ago, we already have 44 organizations in our database and over 80 posted volunteer opportunities, with more being added every day. The Volunteer Hub is a free service to connect Nevada County residents of all ages to volunteer opportunities in our community. Each week we will feature a selection of upcoming opportunities at local organizations.

Nothing connects you to the community quite like volunteering your time to a great cause and this week’s handpicked featured opportunities are just a sampling of what the Volunteer Hub has to offer. For more information on any of the following opportunities, please visit ConnectingPoint.org or call 211.

Connect to your cause:

  • Dog Handling at Scooter’s Pals Adopt-A-Thon, Saturday September 28th – Scooter’s Pals
    Come help find homes for pups in need. Scooter’s Pals provides foster and forever homes for abused or abandoned dogs scheduled to be killed in local and nearby shelters. They also assist local dog owners who are no longer able to properly care for their dogs in finding a new “best fit” home so they do not reach a shelter. Come and sit with adoptable canine fur babies, meet other volunteers, take a dog for a walk and see what the adoption process is like. The Adopt-a-Thon is held on the 4th Saturday of every month from 11 am to 2 pm at Petco on Freeman Lane in Grass Valley.
  • Fix-It Program, Skilled Carpenters, Plumbers & Handypersons – FREED
    Donate your valuable skills. FREED’s mission is to promote independence and self-determination for people with disabilities through person-driven services, collaborative community partnerships and education, and leadership that advocates for fully inclusive communities. FREED’s Fix-It Program is volunteer-driven and focuses on addressing the health and safety needs of Nevada and Sierra County residents so they may remain independently in their own home. As a Fix-It volunteer you will be serving seniors and people with disabilities addressing minor home repairs or modifications that fit your skill set. You will be offered the opportunity to work on a variety of services such as installing grab bars, railing, or transfer poles, repairing steps, placing portable ramps, building new ramps, and making minor plumbing repairs. FREED is recruiting people with appropriate skills willing to contribute a minimum of three hours per month, and possibly larger amounts of time (less frequently) to co-work on more involved projects or to fulfill an urgent request.
  • HPC Board of Directors – St. Joseph’s Cultural Center
    Be a part of history! St. Joseph’s Cultural Center is a California Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1865 and maintained by the Sisters of Mercy as both an orphanage and a school, it sustained itself until the 1960’s when it was sold to the Historic Mount St. Mary’s Preservation Committee (HPC).  The complex consists of the main three-story building, the hall (St. Joseph’s Chapel, built in 1894) and the historic 150-year-old rose garden. The HPC needs to boost their Board of Directors membership and are looking for folks interested in preserving this historic Gold-Rush gem and helping keep her a viable part of Grass Valley’s future. Board meetings are every second Tuesday of the month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
  • Space Steward – The Curious Forge
    Help nurture the creative spirit! The Curious Forge makerspacewas created to allow people of all backgrounds, ages, and skill levels to create the things that matter to them. They have all the equipment, mentors, space and time to enable you to succeed at your pace, your style, your passion. They have classes, one-on-one, peer to peer, and volunteers to help you learn and grow as an artist, techie, tinkerer or entrepreneur. The Space Steward serves as a resource for members, watches the front desk, answers the phone, greets visitors, gives tours, helps keep the space tidy, is occasionally available to support workshops or other events, and supports The Forge in general by following procedures and being a model member. A time commitment of 4-6 hours a week is required.
  • Various Positions – Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release
    Do you love animals? Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release is dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife. Each year our team successfully releases over 100 different species of native wildlife, including mammals, songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, reptiles and amphibians. In addition to experienced rehabbers working directly with the animals, volunteers work tirelessly helping to raise funds, write and share news stories, transport animals, and organize special events.  They are also looking for volunteers to become part of their education team.

To find these and many more opportunities, please call 211 or 1-833-DIAL-211 or visit us at ConnectingPoint.org.

Volunteer Opportunity Spotlight, August 26th-September 1st

Connecting Point is excited to announce the launch of Nevada County’s new Volunteer Hub. The Volunteer Hub is a free service to connect Nevada County residents of all ages to volunteer opportunities in our community. Each week we will feature a selection of upcoming opportunities at local organizations.

This week we’re highlighting a wide variety of organizations that are committed to making Nevada County a better place. Whether it’s helping conserve our natural resources, protecting the most vulnerable in our community, or supporting local arts and culture, there’s something for everyone! For more information on any of the following positions, please visit ConnectingPoint.org or call 211.

 

Intake and Referral Specialist – Welcome Home Vets

Help those who have served our country find the support they need. Welcome Home Vets contracts with local psychotherapists who are experienced in military culture and in treating combat-related trauma to provide individual, group, couples, and family therapy to veterans and their families at no cost. The intake and referral specialist will meet the immediate needs of veterans and their families by providing referrals, online registration help, hand-offs to agencies, and more.

 

Tutors, Music Teachers, and More – PARTNERS Family Resource Center

School is back is session and there are students who need your help. PARTNERS Family Resource Centers engage and partner with families, educators, and the community to better support children’s development, create connections, and increase access to local resources. Serve the children and families in our community by becoming a tutor, music teacher, ESL teacher, or help at an event.

 

Court Appointed Special Advocate – Child Advocates of Nevada County

Play an important, positive role in the life of a child. The goal of Child Advocates of Nevada County is to decrease the maltreatment of children in our community. Court Appointed Special Advocates are trained community volunteers appointed by Juvenile Court judges to speak for the best interests of children who are brought before the court for reasons of abuse or neglect. After an initial training, each CASA is supervised and supported by CASA staff and is provided with resources and guidance to aid in effective advocacy.

 

General Volunteer – Grass Valley Police Department

Promote peace and safety in the community. The Grass Valley Police Department is actively seeking citizen volunteers interested in joining the GVPD Volunteer Program. Accepted applicants will be issued a GVPD Volunteer uniform and badge. Duties include assisting the Records Department and working the front lobby window, assisting with patrolling the downtown parking lots with the authority to issue courtesy warnings, conducting residential vacation house checks to prevent burglaries and break-ins, and much more.

 

Trail Ambassador – Bear Yuba Land Trust

Are you an experienced hiker? Bear Yuba Land Trust is a private, non-profit, membership-supported organization that works to promote voluntary conservation of the region’s natural, historical and agricultural legacy. Trail Ambassadors commit to a season of outreach on one local trail to gather recreational use data and promote BYLT. This volunteer opportunity is excellent for those who have a passion for hiking and getting out onto the land and want to promote a local trail.

 

Various Positions – InConcert Sierra

Help bring extraordinary classical music to our community. Join our amazing team of InConcert Sierra volunteers for our 2019-20 Third Sunday Concert Season! InConcert Sierra presents exceptional classical and choral performances that inspire and enhance the cultural life in Nevada County. Volunteers participate in every component of concert production, from managing ticket sales to assistant stage managing.

 

To learn more about these and many more volunteer opportunities, call 211 or 1-833-DIAL211 or visit us at ConnectingPoint.org. Connecting Point is a public agency dedicated to supporting the health and independence of the people in our community.

Volunteer Opportunity Spotlight, August 19th – 25th

Connecting Point is excited to announce the launch of Nevada County’s new Volunteer Hub.

The Volunteer Hub is a free service to connect Nevada County residents of all ages to volunteer opportunities in our community. Each week we will feature a selection of upcoming opportunities at local organizations.

August is National Wellness Month, so this week we’re highlighting organizations dedicated to the well-being of our community. For more information on any of the following positions, please visit ConnectingPoint.org or call 211.

VOLUNTEER DELIVERY DRIVER – Gold Country Community Services

Show our senior community that you care! Gold Country Community Services, Inc. provides essential programs that meet the basic needs of seniors living in western Nevada County. GCCS is looking for delivery drivers for its Meals on Wheels program. Under general supervision and guidance from the Nutrition Manager, the Meals on Wheels Volunteer Driver will deliver meals to homebound participants. Volunteers can participate in delivering to the same route each week and/or be on-call as substitute drivers as needed.

VOLUNTEER RESPITE CARE SPECIALIST – One Source–Empowering Caregivers

Help provide support to caregivers. The Mission of One Source–Empowering Caregivers is to improve quality of life for Caregivers and their loved ones by providing cost-free, non-medical support while they remain at home in a safe and healthy environment. One Source will hold training for Volunteer Respite Care Specialists on Saturday, Sept. 7, 14 and 21. A trained Volunteer Respite Care Specialist sets up an appointment to serve two to four hours per week in the home of a caregiver to provide respite for the caregiver and companionship to the person they care for.

SUPPER CREW MEMBER – The Friendship Club

Want to show off your kitchen skills? The Friendship Club provides a comprehensive, year-round, long-term program aimed at helping empower and educate youth who face challenges of poverty, abuse and trauma. As a supper crew member, you will work under the direction of the meal program coordinator as part of their after school program, to complete tasks necessary for meal preparation, buffet-style meal service, and clean up. On-site training is provided.

CAT ROOM ATTENDANT – AnimalSave

Attention cat lovers! AnimalSave transforms the lives of cats and dogs by providing humane education, affordable spay and neuter services, and finding them loving homes. The cat room attendant cleans, feeds and cares for cats and kittens surrendered to AnimalSave while they are housed in the cat adoption room. This is a critical volunteer position that ensures the health and wellbeing of animals while they wait for adoption.

FOOD LOVE FARM HELPER – Sierra Harvest

Do you have a green thumb? Sierra Harvest’s mission is to educate, inspire and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food. Come help at the Food Love Farm, where more than 2,000 students learn where their food comes from and get first-hand experience working on a farm. Dig beds, plant, harvest, weed and learn about organic crop production alongside the fun Sierra Harvest staff.

VARIOUS POSITIONS – Granite Wellness Center (formerly CoRR)

Help those who are struggling. Granite Wellness Center’s mission is to support the communities they serve with a full spectrum of wellness-focused programs to reduce the social, health and economic impact on families and children from all types of substance abuse and behavioral health issues. Ongoing volunteer opportunities are available.

To learn more about these and many more volunteer opportunities, call 211 or 1-833-DIAL211 or visit us at ConnectingPoint.org.

Countywide Emergency Alert Test

Not sure if you’re signed up for emergency alerts?

County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services will issue a test of the Code RED emergency alert system on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 10:00 am.

If you haven’t registered for Code RED emergency alerts, now is a great time to sign up. It only take a few minutes to enroll in any of the following ways:

Code Red alerts will come from 866-419-5000 or 855-969-4636 on your caller ID. Save these numbers to your phone’s contacts to make sure you don’t mistake an alert fro spam.

The Town of Truckee will conduct a simultaneous test of the Nixle emergency alerts system which serves Town of Truckee residents. Truckee residents are encouraged to register for Nixle emergency alerts, in addition to Code RED. Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District provide the primary emergency notifications to Town of Residents via Nixle.

Town of Truckee residents and visitors can sign-up for Nixle messages by texting 888777 with the Truckee zip code of 96161 for pre-event messages and emergency notifications.

Both Code Red and Nixle are high-speed mass notification systems designed to notify Nevada County and Town of Truckee residents in the event of an emergency. Emergency alerts are one of many communication tools utilized by the local government in the event of an emergency, and testing these systems is an important part of emergency planning.

These tools are not a guaranteed source of information, and residents should be prepared and remain aware.

Learn more at ReadyNevadaCounty.org/EmergencyAlerts
Follow Office of Emergency services on Twitter @NevCoOES and Facebook @NevadaCountyOES for updates and tips on how to prepare.
Follow Truckee Fire Protection District on Twitter and Facebook @TruckeeFire.
Follow Truckee Police Department on Twitter and Facebook @TruckeePolice

The Volunteer Hub is Live!

Connecting Point is pleased to announce the launch of Nevada County’s new Volunteer Hub.

The Volunteer Hub is a free service to connect Nevada County residents of all ages to volunteer opportunities in our community.

The Volunteer Hub website makes it easy for community members to find volunteer opportunities at local organizations and connect to them directly. Visitors to the Volunteer Hub can search by date, location, interest, or browse the latest featured opportunities.

For local organizations, the Volunteer Hub is a great way to advertise your volunteer opportunities and gain exposure in the community. You’ll be able to manage volunteers, track and report attendance, and communicate quickly with your volunteer pool. And it’s free. Learn more about the benefits of partnering with us or get started by registering your organization.

The Volunteer Hub was created in partnership with the County of Nevada to fill the gap left by the RSVP program. The aim is to give local nonprofits, schools and public agencies a valuable tool to find volunteers who will help them meet their goals. We hope the Volunteer Hub will be a one-stop-shop for volunteerism is our community.

Get Started

Visit the Volunteer Hub website to search for volunteer opportunities to match your schedule or interests, sign up to volunteer for your favorite organizations, or browse upcoming opportunities to connect to your cause. Join us today!

OR

Call 2-1-1 (or 1-833-DIAL211) to learn more about how we can connect you to volunteer opportunities.

SSI Recipients Eligible for CalFresh Benefits

Informational flyer on CalFresh and SSI
Click on the above image to open a PDF of the flyer.

As of June 1, 2019 people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will be eligible for CalFresh benefits.

CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps) provides financial support to people with low income. CalFresh benefits can be used to buy fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods. The program previously excluded seniors and people with disabilities who received SSI benefits.

This change will increase access to healthy food for many low income families in our community.

The amount of benefits a household receives is dependent on household size, countable income, and monthly expenses, such as housing and utilities. The program issues monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Food may be purchased at any grocery store or farmers market that accepts EBT cards. (Learn more about using your EBT card at local farmers’ markets here). 

How does this affect specific customers?

• SSI income amounts will not be reduced or eliminated.

• Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) income amounts will increase by $10 per person to align the rates with SSI rates.

• Single persons receiving SSI will be able to apply for benefits starting June 1, 2019. 

• SSI recipients who are included in active CalFresh households will automatically be added to the household’s case when their next report or renewal is due. They do not need to apply.

The State has created a flyer with more information about changes to CalFresh for SSI recipients. In English. En Español.

Learn more about applying for CalFresh benefits here.

Unplug for Screen-Free Week

Flyer for screen-free weekGet ready to put down your phones, tablets, and remote controls. Nevada County Public Health invites you to join your community in celebrating Screen Free Week, April 29th through May 5th.

Why Go Screen-Free?

We know that kids (and adults!) spend too much time on our devices. Preschool children spend between 2-5 hours a day using electronics. Older kids average 7 hours a day. Adults aren’t immune; we spend about 11 hours a day on screens.

We also know so much screen time isn’t healthy for us. It may negatively affect brain development for young children. It can increase children’s risk for obesity later in life. Too much screen-time for teens can mean they are less likely to hang out with friends. They’re also more likely to feel lonely or depressed. In people of all ages, screen-time can make it harder to fall asleep. It also takes time away from walking, cooking, family time, and just being outside.

So take the week of April 29th through May 5th to unplug. Spend the week reading, drawing, playing, hiking, and creating. Explore new walking trails. Connect with family and friends.

Need Some Ideas?

The community is coming together to offer activities for you and your family during Screen Free Week. Here are just a few of the things you can do:

Dream Art at the Madelyn Helling Library 
April 30, 3:00 to 5:00 pm 
Inspired by the Storywalk Book “Dreamers” by Yuyi Morales, make collage art about your dreams. All ages welcome.

Teen Hike with NEO on Deer Creek Tribute Trail
April 30, 4:00 to 7:00 pm. RSVP required. Call or text (530) 470-3869.

“Hike Like A Girl”
The Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT), The Friendship Club, and Folk Trails Hiking Club have teamed up to celebrate national Hike like a Girl Weekend to encourage female-identified people of all ages to walk or hike this weekend and every day. Free guided hikes will be offered on various BYLT trails.
May 4 and 5. Info at BYLT.org/events.

Food Love Farm Annual Plant Sale 
May 4th, 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Potluck at 1:00 pm.
Bring the kids from 12-3 to explore the farm, run around on a scavenger hunt, play compost bingo and more. 
16200 Lake Vera Purdon Road, Nevada City

Visit the Nevada County Public Health website to print a Screen-Free pledge card and download a complete list of activities.

Upcoming Trainings Focus on Youth Mental Health

Flyer with details of the Youth Mental Health First Aid trainingWhat’s Up! Wellness is hosting two upcoming trainings for adults interested in learning about adolescent mental health. The Youth Mental Health First Aid training gives participants information on how to provide initial support and resources to youth in need. The two-day class covers the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches participants how to help a teen in crisis.

Participants who complete the full eight hour class will be certified for three years.

For more information, call 530-268-5854 or email wellnesscheckups@gmail.com.

Details

What: Youth Mental Health First Aid training
When:
March 28 and 29, 9:30 am-1:45 pm
Where: FREED, 435 Sutton Way in Grass Valley
Cost: Free
Click here to register

What: Youth Mental Health First Aid training
When:
 April 4 and 5, 9:00 am-1:15 pm
Where: Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, 380 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley
Cost: Free
Click here to register

USDA Offers Home Repair Loans & Grants for Homeowners with Low Income

California’s housing crisis has put a strain on many individuals and families with low income. It’s critically important that homeowners with low income, particularly seniors, be able to make 

Click on the image above to open a PDF of the flyer.

necessary repairs to stay safely in their own homes.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering financial assistance to meet this community need.

The USDA’s Home Repair Loan and Grant Program offers qualifying rural homeowners low-interest loans or grants to repair roofing, siding, flooring, insulation, electrical, and other health and safety hazards. The program provides grants of up to $7,500 for individuals aged 62 and over and loans of to $20,000 (with interest as low as 1%) for qualifying low-income homeowners of any age.

In Nevada County, annual income limits are $38,350 for a household of one to four people and $50,650 for a household of five to eight people (see table below).

To qualify you must:

  • Be the homeowner and occupy the house
  • Be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere
  • Have a family income below 50% of the area’s median income
  • For grants, be age 62 or older and not be able to repay a repair loan

Nevada County Income Limits:

 Household Size 1-4 People 5-8 People
 Maximum Annual Income $38,350 $50,650

To get your application started, contact Program Specialist Robert Canepa by phone at 530-217-6252 or by email at robert.canepa@usda.gov. USDA Rural Development’s nearest service center is located at 11661 Blocker Drive, Suite 120 in Auburn.To learn more about the Home Repair Loan and Grant Program’s requirements, check out the USDA website or download the flyer for more information.

Judges Needed for Directing Change Film Contest

Each year, the Directing Change Program and Film Contest invites youth throughout California to submit 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health. The goal of the program is to engage young people in learning about these critical health topics through the medium of film. The films are then used to support awareness, education, and advocacy efforts in schools and communities.

Directing Change is currently seeking judges to help select this year’s winning films. Do you have expertise or interest in directing, writing, editing, acting, journalism, video production, suicide prevention and/or mental health?  Become a judge today! 

The process is simple. Judges must:

  • Participate in a brief 30-45 minute judging orientation (via phone or webinar) in February.
  • Review up to 12 sixty-second film submissions and complete an online scoring form for each. The judging period will take place in mid-March 2019.

The entire judging process will take less than 2 hours of your time and can be done online from home. Judges are recognized on the contest website and in the award ceremony program.

Learn more at the Directing Change website or complete the online application here.

The winning teams and their associated schools will win prizes, receive prevention programs and other resources for their schools, and attend the award ceremony at the end of the school year. See past submissions here.

Directing Change is part of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement and statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

Cal ABLE Provides Gateway to Financial Security

In California, many people with disabilities and their families rely on a variety of public benefits provided by state and federal governments to make ends meet. They include Supplemental Security Income (SSI), MediCal, CalFresh, and other state health insurance programs.

These programs provide critically important services to people with disabilities but often do not allow individuals to save more than a total of $2,000, or earn more than $680 a month.

These restrictions are a disincentive for people with disabilities and their families to save for long-term needs, leaving them vulnerable to changes in health, living arrangements, unexpected emergencies, or to pay for the cost of care.

The new CalABLE Program opens up life-improving opportunities for people with disabilities and their families. CalABLE allows individuals with disabilities to contribute to tax-free savings and investment accounts without losing their benefits. Eligible individuals can contribute $15,000 a year into an ABLE account and maintain benefits like Medi-Cal and CalFresh.

Contributions to an ABLE account can be made by family, friends, or the beneficiary themselves. The account’s earnings are allowed to accumulate tax-free, and the withdrawals, provided they are applied to qualifying disability expenses, are tax-free.

One of the largest benefits afforded by the ABLE Act is the ability to exclude certain assets from federal means-tested programs. As an example, in order for an individual to obtain Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the countable resources must be worth not more than $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a couple. Savings held in an ABLE account, up to a $100,000 limit, are not counted against the $2,000 limit on personal assets for individuals to qualify for SSI and other public benefits.

In essence, the ABLE Act has increased the cap for countable assets from $2,000 to $100,000 for people with disabilities seeking eligibility for SSI.

See the CalABLE fact sheet for more information or go to the CalABLE website to learn more about this important new program.

Volunteers & Supplies Needed for Homeless Count

The annual point-in-time count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness is set to take place on January 24th. If you are interested in volunteering your time or supplies, your help is welcome. 

Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to conduct surveys, assist homeless individuals in navigating services, and conduct street outreach and surveys at scattered locations for 10 days after the count (the week of Jan. 28th–Feb. 1st).

A Survey training will be held at the Rood Center in Nevada City on January 15th from 1:15 to 4:00 pm. The training is required for those volunteering to conduct surveys. To volunteer to conduct surveys, please email Scott Thurmond.

To volunteer for Street Outreach, please email Brendan Phillips.

To volunteer for the event at Interfaith Food Ministry, please email Phil Alonso.

Donate

The following items are in high demand and greatly needed: socks, underwear, hand warmers, gloves, backpacks, sleeping bags, and hats.

Drop-off Locations (prior to the event):

Hospitality House Shelter
1262 Sutton Way
Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Please let the staff know your donation is for the PIT event

Sierra Roots
Contact Janice O’Brien at 263-2058 to arrange donation drop-off

 

Homelessness Count Set for January 24th

Nevada County’s annual point-in-time count of homeless individuals and families will take place January 24, 2019. This year, Nevada County is holding events at multiple locations in an effort to meet people where they are. The three main event locations will offer food and a variety of other services for those who are experiencing homelessness.

The point-in-time count is organized by the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras. Homeless counts are required to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Though HUD only requires a full count of both unsheltered and sheltered individuals every other year, Nevada County now conducts a full count each year.

Main Event Locations

This year, a number of Nevada County organizations are hosting events where volunteers will conduct brief surveys with homeless residents. These main event locations will offer hot meals, clothing, supplies, and gift cards. Participants will also be able to connect with County services like CalFresh, CalWORKs, and Public Health programs.

Interfaith Food Ministry
440 Henderson Avenue
Grass Valley
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Services:

Gift card for taking the survey
Hot food
Clothing and other supplies
Veterans Services
Public Defender – legal services
Public Health
Free cell phones (with ID)
CalWORKS and CalFRESH enrollment

North San Juan
Community Center

29190 State Hwy 49
North San Juan
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Services:

Gift card for taking the survey
Hot Food
Clothing and other supplies
Entertainment
Public Health
CalWORKS and CalFRESH enrollment

Food and Resource
Support Center

10111 E. Street
Truckee
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Services:

Gift card for taking the survey
Hot food
Clothing and Supplies
Laundry and showers

 

Alternative Locations

Community partners from across the county will also open their doors as alternative locations during the day to conduct surveys and offer gift cards. 

Hospitality House
1262 Sutton Way
Grass Valley
Open all day for surveys
Sierra Roots Lunch
1st Baptist Church
300 Main Street
Nevada City
11:30 am to 1:00 pm for surveys
Salvation Army
10725 Alta Street
Grass Valley
Transportation to IFM
SPIRIT Center
276 Gates Place
Grass Valley
Open all day for surveys
Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way
Nevada City
10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Grass Valley Library
207 Mill Street
Grass Valley
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Cold Weather Shelters

Cold Weather Shelters will be open on the night of January 23rd. 

Salvation Army
Cold Weather Shelter
10725 Alta Street
Grass Valley
Check in: 4:30 pm
Nevada City
Cold Weather Shelter

Seaman’s Lodge
423 Nimrod Street
Nevada City
Check-in: 4:30 pm
Truckee
Cold Weather Shelter

Church of the Mountains
10079 Church Street
Truckee
Check-in: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Transportation

In Western Nevada County, the Salvation Army and Hospitality House will be running vans to the Interfaith Food Ministry event from the Cold Weather Shelter Locations at 10:45 am. After that, the transport vans will work to coordinate routes between alternate locations, local parks, and areas known to be frequented by the homeless community.

How You Can Help

Volunteers and supplies are needed for the count. See our post for more information.

Upcoming Forums Focus on Community Needs

The Nevada County Adult & Family Services Commission is seeking community input on the needs of people with very low income in Nevada County.

The commission is holding two Community Forums to learn more about community needs related to the broad issues of poverty, unemployment, education, health, nutrition, housing, homelessness, crime, transportation, delinquency, obstacles to self-sufficiency, and economic opportunity.

Individual community members and representatives of local organizations are invited to share their views and experiences. In Eastern Nevada County, the forum will be held on Thursday, December 6th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Truckee Government Center, 10075 Levon Avenue. In Western Nevada County, the forum will be held on Friday, December 7th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Nevada County Government Center, 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City. Each speaker will be given five minutes to present. A sign-up sheet for speakers will be provided at the door.

If you are unable to attend a Community Forum, you can still make your voice heard by completing a short survey online. There is a survey for individual community members and one for community organizations. If you would like a written form, contact Suzi Kochems by phone at 530-228-7811 or by email at suzi@silkconsultinggroup.com.

The mission of the Adult & Family Services Commission is to represent the community to the Board of Supervisors on issues regarding health and human services and family interests of all residents of Nevada County.  The information gathered at the upcoming Community Forums will contribute to the needs assessment process required as a part of the 2020/21 Community Action Plan (CAP). The CAP is part of the application process for ongoing Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding for supportive service programs.

Details

What: Community Forums on the Needs of People with Low Income

When & Where:

Thursday, December 6th, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Truckee Government Center, 10075 Levon Avenue, Truckee

Friday, December 7th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Nevada County Government Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City

Clear Your Criminal Record with Clean Slate Clinics

Clean Slate Clinic

Having a criminal record can be one of the biggest barriers to obtaining employment or housing. Past convictions may no longer reflect who you are, but they are often the only information employers or landlords have about you.

There is a way to get a fresh start, however.

Both Community Legal and Legal Services of Northern California offer free record clearing clinics to help folks leave their criminal history behind.

Community Legal

Community Legal holds a Record Clearing Clinic at 2:00 pm on the last Wednesday of each month. This free clinic is led by a local attorney who can assist you in finding out if a criminal matter can be removed from your record. Attorneys will walk you through the process and may even go to court with you, if necessary.

To reserve your spot, contact Community Legal by phone at 530-265-3425 or by email at staff@communitylegal.net.

Legal Services of Northern California

Legal Services of Northern California offers a Clean Slate Clinic at different locations on the first Wednesday of every month. Clinics are free and open to Nevada County residents.

Attendees must have their RAP sheet in order to meet with an attorney. Please see the Clean Slate Clinic website for all eligibility requirements and instructions before registering. To register, contact Francisco Castro by phone at 530-886-4657 or by email at fcastro@placer.ca.gov. You must register to attend.

Upcoming Clinics

Wednesday, November 7th at 9:00 am
Placer School for Adults
1919 Grass Valley Highway, Suite 100, Auburn

Wednesday, December 5th at 9:00 am
Placer County Employment Services
1000 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 100, Rocklin

Check Your Record

Want to know if you have something on your record. Search by name on the Nevada County Superior Court’s CourtView website. You can learn your case number, status, and disposition and pay your outstanding fines online.

Find Your New Wardrobe at Sister’s Closet Clothing Swap

Twin Cities Church is hosting Sister’s Closet, a free women’s clothing swap. This is a great chance to get rid of those clothes you haven’t worn in a while and refresh your wardrobe.

Here’s how it works:

Drop off your gently used women’s clothing and accessories on Friday, October 12th between 12:00 and 6:00 pm. Come back and shop on Saturday, the 13th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

There is no cost to shop. Free childcare will be provided on Saturday.

Donations are not required to shop. For more information, call Nancy at 530-559-7549.

Details

What: Sister’s Closet Women’s Clothing Swap

When: Donate on Friday, October 12th from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. Shop on Saturday, October 13th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Where: Twin Cities Church, Student’s Multi-Purpose Room, 11726 Rough & Ready Highway, Grass Valley

Cost: Free