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Grass Valley, Calif. January 26, 2021 – What is it really like inside a homeless shelter? On Sunday, Jan. 31, everyone is invited to go virtually behind the scenes of Utah’s Place, the community’s local emergency homeless shelter for the general homeless population, that is operated by Hospitality House.

Shelter Manager Chase Smiley (L) and Development Director Ashley Quadros prepare to virtually take attendees on a tour of Utah’s Place.

Services at Hospitality House are critical. In 2020, Hospitality House served 639 unique individuals, including 21 children and 45 Veterans (a total of 124 Veterans were helped between Hospitality House and its partners county-wide). Despite being in a pandemic, services at Hospitality House have expanded this past year. Nearly 90,000 services were provided to those in need with 234 people reaching housing destinations. 

The virtual tour serves as an educational opportunity for the community to learn more about available resources for those in need. The entire tour lasts approximately 40 minutes and along the way, virtual tour attendees will meet staff members; learn about programming and services; see the dorms where local men, women and children sleep each night; and hear directly from homeless individuals receiving help at the shelter.

When: Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021

Time: 6 p.m. PST

How to watch: Viewing options include Public Access Television (Comcast channel 11 or Suddenlink channel 16), hhshelter.org, Facebook.com/hhshelter and YouTube.com/hhshelter

Cost: FREE but donations to further the work of Hospitality House are always welcome and appreciated.

Before the pandemic, Hospitality House offered monthly public tours, private tours, and even accommodated school fieldtrips. However, since the onset of the pandemic, the shelter has remained in 24/7 quarantine to follow shelter-in-place best practices to slow the spread of COVID-19. In-person tours are expected to resume when Nevada County collectively reaches Stage 4. Until then, everyone is invited to virtually visit to learn more about the efforts of Hospitality House. 

A special thank you to Mark Triolo and Larry Huntington for their help in the creation of the virtual tour.