Mr. "Jungle" Jim Gibson - He purchased the Morris Hotel on 4th street in Reno and is renovating it to become the Morris Burner Hotel LLC, He bought in July 2013 and he and many hard working folks and volunteers have brought it a long way. The hotel is next door to the homeless shelter and they do things like weekly sock, glove, and coat drives for them just to name one positive, helpful thing going on there. Jim (JJ) is so well known and loved in this community by so very many people. He deserves some recognition and appreciation for all he is doing for the 4th street area, the community, Burners, and anyone that meets him. He is phenomenal. Thank you
January’s Hometown Gem is Amanda Johnson. Amanda has always been very involved in the community, focusing most of her time towards children/teen support counseling. Over the last few years she has gotten involved with the Douglas Center for Hope and Healing. This organization offers support groups for children, teens, and families that have experienced a loss of a loved one. Amanda’s time is strictly as a volunteer with Douglas Center for Hope and Healing, sharing her time away from raising two children and owning her own business. Amanda is a real “Hometown Gem” in Minden and Gardnerville.
Amber Lynn Dobson is the Hometown Gem for the Month of December from the Gem Gallery!
Amber is the creator of We Care Volunteers. She works full time and does this charity after work to feed 200-400 homeless people.
Dr. Sarasue Spielman from A+ Learning Center is the first Hometown Gem from the Gem Gallery!
Teachers and Parents of A+ Learning Center have nominated Dr. Spielman to be a Hometown Gem because of the focus and involvement as the Learning Center’s Director.
Dr. Speilman volunteers as the center’s Director because the school did not have the funding, but she believes that the center is important to the community and the children who go to the school.
She is trying to save the school and keep it open, so she does not gain a paycheck. She makes sure the teachers are paid.
Her generosity and big heart for local children is what makes her a HOMETOWN GEM from the Gem Gallery!