November 11th through 18th is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week. Sierra Community House is excited to extend a warm welcome to North Tahoe – Truckee Homeless Services (NTTHS) as our guest contributor for today’s blog!
Every person deserves food on their plate and a roof over their head. Unfortunately, many neighbors in the North Lake Tahoe – Truckee region face challenges to meet these basic needs daily. North Tahoe-Truckee Homeless Services (NTTHS) works to provide access to these necessities and end homelessness, one person at a time.
We are proud to share a story of success based on a letter we received from our newly housed neighbors, Kathy and her dog Spot.
In June 2023, I was living and working out of my vehicle with my dog, Spot, after my clutch went out. A friend told me about the NTTHS Day Center. On my first day accessing their resources, I completed an intake, did laundry, received a hot meal, and took a hot shower. I continued to use their resources for a week, until my vehicle got towed and I found myself homeless.
Despite what I was going through, I continued working and searching for housing, using NTTHS’s support. NTTHS provided a mailing address for job applications, arranged a ride to Reno for pre-employment screenings, and eventually helped me qualify for housing assistance through their Rapid Rehousing Program. During the challenging three-month period, the NTTHS staff made me feel worthy and gave me the strength to persevere. Despite community judgment, NTTHS welcomed me and Spot, guiding us to stability.
Before this I had never in my 60 years been homeless. I had been independent and self-sufficient my whole life, and had been employed since I was 14 years old. There was a path out, and NTTHS led the way for me. I am so happy to share that Spot and I now have a home! I am so grateful for the help I received through the support from NTTHS. They made a difference in our lives, and we will be forever grateful. -Kathy and Spot
To delve deeper into our services, explore volunteering opportunities, make donations, and discover ways you can support neighbors like Kathy and Spot, visit our website, or access our 2023 Annual Report. Contact NTTHS at 530-386-7954 or [email protected].