Did you know?

According to the 2015 Nevada County Homeless Count, 50.6% of the people interviewed have a mental health condition, 28.2% have substance abuse condition, 11% have a developmental disability, 9.3% have traumatic brain injury, 22.8% have a chronic health condition, 19% have a physical disability. 
Very Sad News...
Our vice-president, Keith Cantrell, lost his beautiful bride, Debbie Cantrell, on Sunday, March 20th, due to two massive strokes. They were looking forward to celebrating their first anniversary.
Sierra Roots wants to help Keith with the incredible burden of medical expenses, and to provide support and comfort at this difficult time.
Our president, Janice O'Brien, has set up an account in her name at Bank of America. Checks should be made to Janice O'Brien at account # 325072572539 for distribution to Keith. 
We deeply appreciate any help you can give. Thank you!

Jeremy's Story
Starting over is never easy...
Jeremy Lemelin lived in Florida until he came to visit his cousin in Grass Valley. Like many of us, he felt a connection with the land and, of course, the Yuba. He decided to move out here along with his aging parents. He found work and a place for them to live. All was fine until his mom got sick. He and his father took her back to Massachusetts where his brother could help with her care. She died in November. Read More:

Janice O'Brien is interviewed on Lake Wildwood TV!

Why care about the homeless? Hear Janice's story. As she spreads the word, more people are showing up with caring hearts.

Home Petite Home

In the Pacific Northwest, people with nowhere else to go are forming micro-communities with communal kitchens and toilets but teeny, individual sleeping units. Could tiny homes, once the provenance of design blogs, help curb homelessness nationwide. Read More:

Sierra Roots welcomes new volunteers

Thank you and welcome: Carol Cox, and Roger and Nancy Morehouse. We are grateful for your contributions of healthy hot meals, and your smiling faces. 
Community-building is a very important aspect of our service. As teams of volunteers interact and learn about the toll being homeless takes on individuals, there is momentum building to create safe and affordable very low-cost housing such as our village model would provide.
Streicher House Pantry

Divine Spark and Sierra Roots, working together, have created an amazing pantry of organic foods, to create our meals. Thanks to the Food Bank of Nevada County and the Interfaith Food Ministry, we are able to provide hot nutritious meals to those folks who are unable to prepare for themselves. Presently lunches are served at Streicher House on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Donations Needed

Tents, Tarps, Lanterns,  Sleeping Bags
Shampoo,  Conditioner,  Razors,  Deodorant

From one of our homeless friends:"Thank you so much for the sleeping bag.  It really made a difference.  It saved my life."

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