Non-profit Roseville homeless shelter and transitional service center, the Gathering Inn, the only overnight program in South Placer County, has been providing assistance to homeless people in Roseville and Placer County has to close its doors at the end of this week (the 29th) due to a lack of funds.
The program’s director said the funding has dried up as the economy has gotten worse grants from foundations, as well as individual donations, are not meeting expenses. The Gathering Inn started 2012 with an $80,000 deficit and has not been able to totally close the gap. The closing is estimated to be at least 6-8 weeks.
The shelter serves as many as 60 people each night and over 500 annually, offering showers, clean clothes, transportation, and other services to Placer County homeless. As the economy has worsened they have been seeing more and more families with young children.
Luckily they are still able to keep their Community Health Clinic open for the time being. The clinic is operated by volunteer doctors and nursing staff Saturday morning from 9 AM to noon.
Right now they are looking for as many community partners as possible to get the doors back open and to stay afloat during tough times. I didn’t know anything about The Gathering Inn until hearing about the closing on Monday, but I am donating a little myself. It might not be huge but if enough of us do just a little it will add up and really make a difference.
For information about the program or to donate, visit www.thegatheringinn.com. They have a story on their home page explaining what is going on. Checks can be mailed to The Gathering Inn at P.O. Box 297, Roseville, 95678. Or contact Executive Director, Suzi deFosset, at (916) 791-9355.