Here’s an excerpt from Greg Zaller in an “other voices” in The Union:
“Dan Miller said, ‘I came away convinced that Nevada County could use a 24/7 facility so the homeless population can access the services and programs that are offered. We need to work together as a community with common goals that we all agree on to end homelessness.’”
“If you see any of the attendees listed below around town, please congratulate them for looking outside the ‘box’ and ask them what they learned.
“Nevada County: Supervisor Dan Miller and Supervisor-elect Heidi Hall, Director of Human Services Michael Haggerty, Behavioral Health’s Michele Violet; Nevada City Council member Reinette Senum, City Manager Mark Prestwich, Police Officer Shane Franssen; Grass Valley Council members Lisa Swarthout and Jan Arbuckle.
“Also attending were Pauli Halstead of Streicher House (trip organizer), Divine Spark’s Shirley Kinghorn; Dee Dinelli of Sierra Roots, Lew Sitzer; and myself.”
Then it concludes:
“Hospitality House, our local overnight shelter, was invited to attend the tour but did not return our calls.”
Why would you include a dig like that? It is unconstructive and shows the ongoing efforts to polarize, not collaborate, when it comes to helping the homeless in our community. Let’s not forget that Hospitality House landed a $1 million grant that led to the creation of Utah’s Place. Its founders have been “doers.” Show some respect for that.