February, 2016

Homeless Outreach and Housing First
by Janice O'Brien

"Homeless Outreach is an essential step toward meeting people experiencing long-term homelessness. It is the means for developing the critical trusting  relationships necessary for supporting transitions to affordable housing and/or needed treatment." Jay  S. Levy Pretreatment Guide for Homeless Outreach and Housing First.

Sierra Roots has been working with the long-term or episodic homeless persons in our town of Nevada  City since 2010 after one of our people actually froze to death on a cold winter night.

Meet Martin:

Martin has been without permanent housing since 2003 when he lost his machine shop business in a burglary.
Martin is a photographer, metal smithy, worm farmer, bicycle designer/ builder, gardener. Martin says that when people are away from the glue of buildings, they become sensitive. Perhaps he was speaking for himself and perhaps other homeless people. I think he is also a philosopher.

First Lunch at New
Streicher House
606 Gold Flat Road, Nevada City

On February 5th we served our first lunch at the Streicher House on Gold Flat Road. Many of our regular guests found their way to us, where we had a delicious lunch of jambalaya, meatloaf and salad! Our volunteer hours are: 11:00 to 1:00, with lunch served at 11:30.

A Successful Story
Opportunity Village in Eugene, Oregon is a success story that could be repeated in our community.

In the past two years, Opportunity Village in Eugene, Oregon has provided transitional tiny houses for 85 homeless people, helping them to move out of homelessness. 

This is a favorite of our hungry friends!

Old Fashioned Mac and Cheese

    3 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni 
    1/4 cup butter, cubed
    1/4 cup flour
    1 tsp. sea salt
    3/4 tsp ground mustard
    1/2 tsp black pepper
    Few dashes hot pepper sauce
    3 1/2 cups milk
    5 cups (20 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
Cook macaroni in boiling water until almost tender; drain.  Meanwhile, melt butter  Stir in the flour, salt, mustard,  pepper and pepper sauce until smooth. Cook for 1 minute  or until bubbly. Stir in the macaroni, milk and cheese.
Transfer to an ungreased 9x13 baking pan.  Cover and bake  at 350 degrees, 45-50 minutes.  Uncover and continue baking  until bubbly.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Look what your donations have done this month:

Provided 100 hot nutritious meals and 100  sack lunches 
Purchased 10 tarps and tents for the cold rainy nights
Purchased 3 sleeping bags

Help us continue our work with our homeless friends. $10, $20 or $50 a month would really help us!

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