GRASS VALLEY, Calif. January 25, 2017 – On Thursday, January 26, Hospitality House will introduce its Retail Ready Job Training program with a Ribbon Cutting celebration at Bread & Roses Thrift at 5:30pm. Nevada County can join Grass Valley Mayor Levine and Interim Executive Director Scott Thurmond for the ceremony. Smoked fish and other appetizers will be provided by the Hospitality House Culinary Job Training Program, served with beer and wine.

“The Retail Ready Job Training program is designed to give participants the sound theories, practiced techniques and relevant experience to succeed in the retail field,” explains Bread and Roses Thrift Store Manager Rochelle Rountree. “This program will help guests plan for their career and gain self-sufficiency, within a structure designed to jumpstart the process.”

The program will take up to four students for each six-week, tuition-free session. The course covers a different topic every week, starting from the back of the store and moving to the front. It will span: receiving donations, pricing, customer service, visual merchandising, sales, customer service, business marketing and advertising. Once completed, participants will receive a completion certificate, resume preparation help, and interview and work clothing.

Modeled after the success of the Hospitality House Serves Culinary program, the Retail Ready Job Training program hopes to have 12 students graduate in 2017. Six students completed the pilot program, which ran June-December.

Hospitality House students will sign up for the Retail Job Training program at an orientation meeting held at Hospitality House in early February. If interested, guests apply to join the course within an open enrollment period.

The public is invited to celebrate the Retail Ready Job Training program launch at 5:30pm on Thursday, Jan. 24 at Bread and Roses Thrift, 840 E Main Street in Grass Valley.

Hospitality House Mission Statement
The mission of Hospitality House is to bring homeless people in Nevada County into a circle of community caring that offers shelter, sustenance, medical care, advocacy, opportunity, dignity, and hope as we assist them in transitioning from homelessness to housing. The community shelter moved into its year-round facility at Utah’s Place in December 2013. For more information about Hospitality House, go to: