Hospitality House Homeless Shelter has faced a series of ups and downs on the journey to find a permanent home to accommodate the county’s homeless population. For years the program has worked with local churches to feed and house the homeless at night, using their tiny intake center in Grass Valley to provide laundry and shower facilities as well as health care, social work and employment services. A $1 million dollar state grant has allowed Hospitality House to purchase the former Veritas Church building on Sutton Way, but program Monitor Pinky Zalkin says they still need $250 thousand dollars worth of renovations before the building can be used.
“It’s a wonderful facility, very spacious, well built, but it was a church, and now it’s going to be a residence. It’ll have a commercial kitchen, it will have showers, it will have handicap access and the sanctuary on the second floor will be converted to a dormitory.”
The dormitory will have 54 beds. Many contractors and community members are volunteering their time and services to renovate the old church. Hospitality House officials had hoped to open the center this spring. But with all the additional work that needs to be done they are now moving the opening of the Shelter, which has been named Utah’s place, to sometime next fall.