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Annual camp cleaning scheduled for June 9

ByDebra J. Aguilar

May 30, 2022

On June 9, Nevada County residents will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Hospitality House Community Camp Cleanup.

This year’s cleanup is organized in partnership with the South Yuba River Citizens League, Nevada County, Nevada County Waste Management, Common Spirit Health (Dignity Health), Grass Valley Police Department, BriarPatch Food Co-op, and Homeless Outreach and Medical Engagement (HOME), which is a collaboration between Hospitality House, Nevada County Behavioral Health and Turning Point, says a press release.

On June 9, Hospitality House and its partners will clean up and beautify abandoned private land and homeless camps, as well as fire mitigation measures with the support of community volunteers.

“With the fire season, it is essential to help reduce potential fuel in the forest,” said Joe Naake, Hospitality House Outreach Director and Head of HOME, according to the press release. “As well as clearing debris, our HOME team is also working to move people out of the forest and connecting them to services, reducing the forest footprint.”


All volunteers are required to complete onsite safety training and sign a waiver to participate onsite. All volunteers will receive free breakfast and lunch – courtesy of BriarPatch Food Co-op.

To reduce camp cleaning costs, SYRCL lends equipment; Waste Management donates 40-foot dumpster; BriarPatch offers breakfast and lunch to all volunteers; the county donates the use of its Veterans Hall for training and meals; and all parties involved are giving their time and energy to make the cleanup possible, but more help is needed.

To participate, register before June 7th. Due to the nature of the event and training requirements, walk-in attendance will not be accepted. For more details, visit hhshelter.org or call 530-615-0852.

To sign up for the Community Camp Cleanup, email the Foster Home Development Department at info@hhshelter.org, or call 530-615-0852. No previous experience is required, but an ability to bend, lift, and walk over rough terrain is a must. Volunteers who own a truck and can help haul debris are greatly appreciated.


Hospitality House and HOME regularly dispose of trash on rural properties and in the Brunswick Basin while encouraging people living in the forest to protect themselves against fires and remove debris. To facilitate this effort, staff refrain from distributing tents or sleeping bags and have entered into an agreement with Nevada County Code Enforcement to immediately confiscate and dispose of any item discovered on county land that constitutes a immediate threat to community safety.

Additionally, Hospitality House has a partnership with the Grass Valley Police, which pairs a Hospitality House clinical social worker with an agent for all homeless-related service calls. Between calls, the duo engages homeless people on the streets and in camps to build trust with the goal of connecting them to shelters and related services.

“Reducing the number of people camping in the forest and increasing the number of people using emergency shelter is a common goal of all parties involved,” Chief Constable Alex Gammelgard said. “The more people we can collectively help, the safer it makes our community.”

Source: Reception house