Janice O’Brien and Susan Molloy from Sierra Roots,
a non profit organization for the homeless in Nevada City
Two years after moving to Nevada City to welcome retirement, Jim and Janice O’Brien found themselves taking in their three young grandchildren whose parents were dealing with serious addiction problems. The dire situation of the homeless became a personal struggle for their son and daughter-in-law, who could not sustain a safe environment to raise the children, and subsequently they fell into homelessness. In 2004, Janice joined Utah Phillips, Joanna Robinson, and Cindy Maple and others to found Hospitality House which has become a place of dignity, safety and hope for hundreds of those who are in need of mental, emotional and physical help. In 2010, when Billy Kelly, a homeless and addicted man, froze to death, Janice felt moved to become an advocate for those in Nevada City who cannot or will not use the services of Hospitality House. Janice’s focus and intention is to reach out to the homeless and marginalized who cannot stay at Hospitality House, but who still need help and connection to get well and become participating and accepted members of the community.
I would have bet a million dollars that I would never have a member of my family become homeless. Yet here I am, having had not just one, but three people in my immediate family homeless at one time or another. After my retirement from a finance company, my husband, Pete and I moved to Nevada County; a member of my family was homeless in Modesto, so upon arriving here I started looking for a way to reach out to the homeless and I found Hospitality House. When my organizational skills were ‘found out’, I was asked to be events coordinator and also assistant volunteer coordinator. I was recruited to be on the HH Board of Directors and served for two years. My dream is that Sierra Roots will be able to assist in helping the homeless in our community that are not served at a ‘clean and sober’ shelter by collaborating with other service organizations as well as the community as a whole.
Newcomers and Guests are always Welcome!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Summer Thymes Bakery & Deli
231 Colfax Ave.
Social/networking hour begins at 5:30pm, Dinner at 6pm
Cost is $19.00
A pre-paid reservation is required for members and guests.
DEADLINE: Sunday, November 16, 4:00 pm
Reserve & pay here (credit card or debit card w/VISA logo):