Just days before the scheduled open house of their new permanent homeless shelter in Nevada County, Hospitality House has a new board of directors; volunteers were taken by surprise with the resignation of the homeless shelters entire board yesterday. Long time volunteer and as of Monday, new board president Joana Robinson says the homeless shelters entire board resigned following pressure of a volunteer group Friends of Hospitality House , of which she was part, had been asking the board pointed questions regarding management and fundraising.
“They took our questions as questioning as pressuring them as they were meant to do, because we were concerned about fundraising as well. We felt that there wasn’t enough fundraising. We were surprised but yesterday, the whole board resigned.”
Robinson says many of the new board had served before and know what they are doing, are passionate about Hospitality House and are thrilled to serving.
“The work that goes on at Hospitality House on behalf of homeless people in Nevada County is very effective and beneficial. We are very honored to be part of the work.”
Robinson says the new board stands firmly behind current executive director Cindy Maple and look forward to working with her. Hospitality House will host an open house Saturday November 19th for the public to view its new building which was purchased with grant funds. The 6,500 square foot facility at 1262 Sutton Way in Grass Valley will become the organizations permanent home, providing year round overnight sleeping quarters for up to 54 guests. The open house Saturday runs from 3 to 7 pm and people can tour the facility enjoy refreshments, learn about supporting the center as a volunteer donor and meet the new board. The shelter will be named Utah’s Place, after one of the organizations founders and an advocate for the homeless, Bruce “Utah” Phillips who passed away in 2008.