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Pictured (left to right):
Hospitality House Board President: Leo Granucci
Treasurer, Kathy Mollet
Joanne Weatherly, United Way Secretary
Megan Timpany, United Way Executive Director
United Way Board Member, Tom Myer
Hospitality House Development Director, Debbie McDonald

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. July 2, 2018 – United Way of Nevada County has just awarded Hospitality House $15,000.00 to purchase a new van. The funding came from the United Way of Nevada County Community Impact Fund. The van will be used to help clients of Hospitality House reach important services and provide an opportunity for homeless people on the street to access emergency shelter. This partnership will bring an impact to the services offered to the homeless in Nevada County.

With the Hospitality House Homeless Access Transport (HAT) van, homeless families and individuals will be able to more readily access health services and hopefully break out of homelessness by having necessary services more readily available. The van (which will seat 8-15 passengers) will have schedule morning and afternoon routes with stops at appropriate services.

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The County of Nevada has identified four top needs in Nevada County; transportation, access to mainstream benefits, food and safe stable housing. Through this project, United Way of Nevada County hopes to alleviate some of the barriers to accessing these needs. Transportation is a big issue in this rural area for homeless people who do not have cars. The Hospitality House van will customize bus service for the homeless population’s needs and remove the cost barrier.

United Way of Nevada County focuses on the basic needs of the community (Access to Health Care, Food and Emergency Shelter). Making an impact in the community is United Way’s mission. Megan Timpany United Way Executive Director said, “Through the concerted efforts of the United Way Board and Staff United Way is making impactful change in the community”. United Way envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their desired potential through Healthy Lives, Education and Income Stability.