Rotarians to learn about a new approach to the homeless problem

Ellen Jackson

Ellen Jackson

There is no easy solution to solving homelessness in our area. But one local organization is trying; one person at a time. Rotary Club of Carson City members will learn about that organization, Spirit of Hope, at the club’s meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The public is welcome to attend the noon meeting in the Brewery Arts Center’s Grand Ballroom.

Spirit of Hope operates 12 residential homes in the Carson City area, and currently houses 56 formerly homeless residents. Founder and Executive Director Ellen Jackson will share how its “housing first” program addresses the person’s mental, physical and addiction challenges. “We are not a shelter, we offer supported living in independent homes,” Jackson explains. “Our clients have a nice living environment, a real home. But it does come with accountability. Plus, it’s not free, the residents do pay rent.”

Spirit of Hope was founded as a nonprofit in 2010. It has grown substantially since then and has plans for more homes in the future. Individuals are often referred to them by the courts or medical facilities. Jackson says she’s willing to take a chance on everybody. “People may not come in as particularly good people, but with the right support they can turn into really good and amazing people.”

Anyone interested in attending the meeting should email To learn more about the Rotary Club of Carson City visit


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