We received a RMAP loan which gave us the funds to build a kitchen and expand the business. We also added lodging in the back—the only lodging in Fort Jones at that time. Now 10 different artisans can rent space and showcase their work in the new location. The loan process was very straightforward and not time-consuming. Working with Seata was wonderful; the loan was just what we needed.
—Diane Postma, Owner of The Gifted Horse Lodge
GNS Food Programs
“The GNS food programs in Dorris have helped so many of my clients—from the shut-ins to the young families with children. They all get excited when describing the produce.”
— Donna Crotty-Boyd, Service Coordinator for Far Northern Regional Center
“The GNS Community Room has been an invaluable resource for our work. Our Adult Education Consortium has nine members from all ends of our very large, very rural county. It has been a constant challenge to find an appropriate meeting space that is central to everyone. In the past we struggled with finding a space that can fit the size of our monthly meetings (15-20 on average), and that also has the technological capabilities to videoconference in our members who must dial in remotely. The space is beautiful, comfortable and highly functional for meetings, trainings, workshops etc. The staff at GNS has been such a pleasure to work with, so welcoming and they truly epitomize what it means to build community. The Great Northern Services team and community room have solved a big challenge for our consortium and helped us elevate the level of professionalism and convenience for our very busy members to do the community-building work we are all so passionate about. We are very grateful.”
— Heather Stafford, Director of Adult Education for Siskiyou Adult Education Pathways
Weatherization on my apartment made quite a difference—I don’t even use the heater in the bedroom anymore, just the main room on the lowest setting. We’re near the river and we could always hear the train, but after GNS put in double pane windows and insulation it cut out all the noise. I’d gotten used to it after so many years in the apartment, now I wake up in the middle of the night because it’s too quiet.
—Nacho M. in Dunsmuir
Energy Assistance makes a huge difference to me. I’m on Social Security & it’s not much. I have to watch every penny I spend—even with the assistance. Having Great Northern Services help with my power bill frees up money for food. Claudia has gone out of her way not just this year but in the past. She really heard my situation, took it to heart, and was so helpful. She’s awesome.
—Don P. from Mt. Shasta, CA
Mini Pantries in Schools
The mini pantry has been a huge blessing for students and staff. The pantry allows us to nourish bodies so brains can work and takes the stress off the students and the teachers. It makes a huge difference in children’s behavior in the classroom.
—Kristen Riccomini, Title 1 teacher at Mt. Shasta Elementary
Tailgate Produce Party Series
“Tell the people who donated ‘thank you.’ It helps a lot. My parents are on SSI and we have a household of 8—this really helps.”
— Manulani, Tailgate Produce Party attendee