There is little affordable housing for our veterans, elderly, college students or homeless here in Nevada County. This is a fact! Even with a voucher for housing, veterans find nothing is available for them. A solution such as a micro-house supportive community would be a very viable solution, yet we still have objections. Here are the typical objections observed:
*     If you set up a micro house village, you would draw all kinds of other homeless individuals to this area. We don't want to draw more homeless people here - "if you build it, they will come."
The truth is most homeless people stay in the area they call home - where they or their families were born, went to school, have friends and know the area. They do not move from place to place as people think. Most of the homeless in our area are 4th or 5th generation Nevada County people. They have been here since childhood and know this as their home - they just don't have a home they can afford having been out of a job or without a stable address for several years.
*     "I have to work for a living and I pay my taxes and pay rent. It would be nice for me to be given a free house with no requirements of paying rent or work. 

*painting by Franceska Alexander, owner of the Alexander Gallery in Nevada City
Our visit to  Quinn Cottages in Sacramento gave those of us from  Sierra Roots a real boost to our desire to build just such a village of small houses for our homeless people here in Nevada County.  Quinn Cottages recently changed from being transitional housing for the homeless to becoming permanent housing, with supportive community services for the homeless people in line with the "Housing First" philosophy. 

We were impressed with the orderliness, the beauty and the friendliness of all residents and managers we met. The cottages are big enough for one resident or one with a child or a couple. Built to have running water, insulation and electricity, they have a kitchen, living area and a good sized bedroom. The micro houses we envision would not be as big, but the layout of the 60 cottages on the 1 1/2 acre compound with secure fencing and a locked gate were impressive and very well planned. 

Sierra Roots will learn from this organization, and bring their knowledge and expertise to our plans. We encourage anyone who is interested to visit this Cottage Village in Sacramento to see what can be done, and what is being done very successfully in northern California. We can use this example to bring a solution to our homeless situation right here in Nevada County. It's time to stop talking about it and get something like this done as quickly as we can.

*If you would like to learn more about this wonderful community of small very affordable cottages, please visit their website at: www.cottagehousing.org.

Pete Molloy, who passed away suddenly on July 15, was an advocate for the homeless and a tireless  Sierra Roots supporter. 
Jerry (Pete) served in the Navy from 1966 to 1970. During that time he was stationed in Vietnam where he worked on river boats. When he left the service he became a truck driver which he did until his retirement in 2004.

Pete and  Susan , his wife, moved to this area in 2004. He was active in the local Vietnam Veterans of America chapter. When  Susan  was on the board of Hospitality House, you would see Pete carrying chairs or moving tables or doing whatever needed to be done at many of their functions. He and  Susan  were among the founding members of Sierra Roots.

After being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he became a member and advocate for the local Parkinsons support group. Pete had a great sense of humor and one of his great pleasures was to bake bread and biscotti for his friends. We will miss him very much.


 Joanna Robinson from Hospitality House found a pair of wonderful boots, size 14 Medium at their new thrift store, Bread and Roses. She wanted to give them to someone in need, but they were too big for everyone at Hospitality House
She gave them to Sierra Roots, just in case we could find someone to fit them. At our lunch on July 21st. at Pioneer Park, Ray was walking around in cowboy boots that were a size too small. When he put on these boots, size 14, his smile was as wide as the sky! It truly takes a village.

Leslie Gabe Engaged

Our wonderful volunteers, Leslie Ramos and Gabe Castlebary announced their engagement at our Thursday lunch several weeks ago. They are planing a small destination wedding in Maui the end of May 2017.

Gabe has returned to work in Sacramento, but Leslie continues to support our Lunch Bunch Team every single Thursday. Congratulations to you both.  


Next Monthly Volunteer Meeting  Thursday,  Aug.11
First Methodist Church ~ 433 Broad Street, Nevada City

Our monthly meetings are intended for those who are just becoming acquainted with Sierra Roots and want to learn more about the various volunteer opportunities and for those already involved to keep you all up to date, informed and involved in discussion and planning.

Lunch Bunchers,   the wonderful people who provide, prepare, and serve the delicious Thursday lunches, are especially asked to attend his month's meeting so that we can do a quick evaluation of this activity, find out what is going well, what you might like to change, tweek procedures if needed, and the like.

Not everyone  is aware of the many ways Sierra Roots engages and builds community with our homeless friends while we continue to look for land for our Village.  We'll talk about some of the lesser known volunteer opportunities at this meeting also.

Special Request from all current volunteers:   In  order to update our records, we need current mailing addresses.   This can be provided at the meeting, or, if you cannot attend, please forward the information to Danita Sorenson , Volunteer Coordinator at:   rhandd@sbcglobal.net.

Sierra  Root s is looking for a volunteer treasurer and/or book keeper. If you are interested in helping, please give us a call: 530 265-5403
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