Building community with the homeless people we work with has brought about a very unexpected but powerful response. Three of our men have entered a rehabilitation program this week, and six more are asking for help to enter rehab. Suddenly it is the talk of the grapevine - people are asking for the help they need to get their lives back and they are inspired by those who have chosen to move forward.  

We are very encouraged, and we will continue to hold them with love as they face their addictions and depression.  Sierra Roots is now able to afford bus tickets for those wishing to go back to their families in other states.  This is all due to the fact that our sponsors, volunteers and donors are so generous and supportive of the work we do with these marginalized people.

Our next very important step is to secure land on which we can begin to build our community village of tiny houses so that they can have a home of their own and a place in community to begin to reclaim their lives.   


STREICHER HOUSE RECEIVES GOOD NEWS!
Divine Spark Executive Director Shirley Kinghorn said she is very pleased to find out that the city officials now agree that the Streicher House facility is in compliance. Kinghorn and Pauli Halstead, owner of the property housing the day center, learned of the city's change in its stance during interviews with  The Union this week.

ANDREW'S STORY

A few weeks ago, a young man named Andrew was brought to the Streicher House for lunch by a friend named Miles. Miles had just taken Andrew to the hospital ER because Andrew had been beaten with a baseball bat by someone who was trying to steal his dog, Roscoe. Andrew's head was split open and needed to be cleaned and dressed. ER nurses quickly and very haphazardly treated Andrew in the ER and sent him on his way. Miles brought him to the Streicher House for safety, rest and some good food. But Andrew collapsed in the front yard, hardly able to walk and stay conscious. 


"EYE TO EYE" ART EXHIBIT 
Center for the Arts
Tuesday, April 26th ~ Saturday, May 14th, 2016 ~ Granucci Room 
Artist Reception: Friday, May 6th 5-8:00PM

Eye to Eye presents portrait work by local artists Ruth Chase, Dee Anne Dinelli, Claudia Jeffers, Giulia Sbernini, and Alicia Vandevorst that explores how we look, our vantage points. The pieces in this show develop that theme in several directions, addressing how to see the integrity of a life, retrospectively and in the moment, in the spheres of social justice, psychology, and philosophy. All five of these artists are especially excited by the sort of looking that helps each person to accept and welcome what is or has been, even what might seem unpleasant or disturbing at first glance. They are interested in what brings us 'eye to eye'. 
Dee Anne Dinelli's photographic portraits of homeless folk reflect the humanity and dignity that lies beneath the trauma of homelessness. She is a founding board member of Sierra Roots. We hope to see you at the artist reception on May 6th!


SONOMA COUNTY TO BUILD  TINY HOUSE VILLAGE FOR THE HOMELESS
November 10, 2015: Last week, officials in Sonoma County in Northern California took the first steps toward creating  tiny house villages as a low-cost way to house the county's homeless.The Sonoma Board of Supervisors authorized $75,000 for county staff "to analyze six sites in Santa Rosa that could host a village - eight to 12 structures, including possibly mobile trailers, small cabins or shipping containers,"  reports  The Press Democrat. The plan is to determine a test site by December and invite developers to submit their concepts for a tiny house village. If the test village is successful, the model could be replicated across the county.Facing what Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane calls "crisis mode when it comes to affordable housing," Sonoma has over 3,000 homeless, with 2,000 of them sleeping outside.
APPRECIATION FOR UNITED NATURAL FOODS

Thank you to our friend and advocate Traci Gamble, who works at the Rocklin branch of United Natural Foods, and her Helping Hands Committee for bringing the work of Sierra Roots to the attention of her management. With her help we have been awarded a contribution of $750.00 to benefit our nutritional lunch program here in Nevada City.  Each year UNFI helps support approximately 100 non-profit organizations. We are very thankful to have been one of those chosen for the past two years!
For more information about United Natural Foods, here is their website:
THANK YOU ERICKSON/DONADEE FAMILY!

Nate Donadee and his grandmother Francesca Erickson  baked up some delicious and colorful Easter cookies for our homeless friends.
 
Robert Erickson, Nate's grandfather and his mother, Kristen Donadee, are former  board members of Hospitality House.