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SPRING 2013

NEWSLETTER

SUPPORT AND SHELTER FOR OVERCOMING HOMELESSNESS

Moving Forward with Winter Shelter

President

Kamie Brown

President Elect Kamie Brown

Secretary Bob Allen

Treasurer

Paul Christenson

Past President Robert Hyde

Executive Director Matthew M. Minkevitch

Board of Trustees Rob Brough David H. Burton Gary E. Carlson Dale Cox Dain Craig Erica Dahl Doug Duehlmeier Steve Eliason Chip Everest Richard Fetzer Brandt Goble Phillip Hill Joseph Horton Lee Imlay Jennifer A. Johnson Julie Lu Hugh A. Meadows Robin Mainwaring Jana Saba Doug Smith Tony Smith Kerry Steadman Daela Taeoalii-Higgs Susan Taggart Ray Whitney

Dear Friends, This spring presents a new opportunity for our beloved organization. While we continue working beside people to secure housing, we must also invest some care and attention to a vital part of our safety net. For years, we have provided emergency shelter during the coldest months of the year to the increased number of people who turn to us for refuge from the cold. Traditionally, the demand pattern for emergency shelter climbs each winter as the temperatures drop then decreases somewhat as temperatures rise. Our team embraces this need by providing additional shelter at our Community Winter Shelter located in Midvale. This seasonal shelter operates on a conditional use permit, which allows us to provide emergency shelter from November through March each year. For years, The Road Home has leased the facility in Midvale. To characterize the facility as a “fixer upper” would be generous. The building, while structurally sound, is in need of serious

We need your help $9.00 provides one night of shelter to one person at The Road Home. $50.00 provides 22 days of electricity to one family in housing. $125.00 provides one month of housing to one person at Palmer Court. $500.00 provides 1 family services to move back into housing through our innovative Housing Program.

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improvements. Our team’s wealth of compassion, knowledge, and dedication cannot entirely compensate for a roof riddled with leaks or worn out boilers that barely produce enough hot water to meet demand. Ironically, the only way to improve this situation was to take control of the facility. Through thoughtful negotiation on the part of our Board of Trustees, coupled with support from our friends at Zion’s Bank, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, The Road Home has purchased the facility in Midvale. This move enabled us to achieve two objectives. First, The Road Home can now improve the condition of the facility to a standard that better reflects our agency’s and our community’s commitment to serving those who turn to us in their time of need. Additionally, securing this facility ensures that we will have the capacity to meet the need for emergency shelter going forward. The potential to lose a lease presented a constant threat to our ability to meet demand for emergency shelter each winter. As we leave the colder months behind, our work on the Midvale shelter is just beginning. Our friends at NJRA Architects have generously agreed to work beside us as we undertake this significant renovation project. My words cannot express to you the precious hope that an architect’s vision instills as we embrace this undertaking. Time is of the essence as we will work with our sights set on substantially completing the renovations in advance of the

Our Community Winter Shelter provides shelter to families.

coming winter season. We have a very long way to go, fundraising being a significant consideration as we move forward. Still, our path is clear as is the benefit to those families who will turn to us in the years to come. Like the successful efforts, including Palmer Court and renovations to our Salt Lake Community Shelter, we have undertaken before this one, it is a daunting challenge worth embracing. I look forward to keeping you up-to-date on our progress at our Community Winter Shelter. As I envision next winter and the improved environment that we will provide families who turn to us for help, my teammates and I will be indebted to each of you that empower us to serve this critical mission. Thank you for your commitment.

Matt M. Minkevitch Executive Director - The Road Home


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Success story: Mike

At this same time last year Seth could be found daily at a park in Sugarhouse, locking himself in a bathroom every night to sleep. A few months earlier, Seth had suffered from frostbite on his feet as a result of the harsh Utah winter. His injuries were severe enough to necessitate the amputation of his right foot and part of his leg. Homeless and confined to a wheelchair, Seth, a high school basketball and football player now had difficulty accomplishing basic tasks. The Road Home’s Chronically Homeless Services and Housing (CHSH) team was introduced to Seth while he was staying at Volunteers of America, Utah’s adult detoxification center. Despite difficult circumstances, Seth remained positive and cheerful. He received a prosthetic for his leg and worked on walking again while our team helped him work towards housing. A few months after beginning to work with our case managers, Seth received a voucher through the Housing Authority of the County of Salt

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Thursday, April 11 6:35 pm. Clients work closely with case managers as they move into housing

Lake. Through community collaboration, Seth’s five years of homelessness came to an end. Early this summer, he was housed in an apartment easy for him to access with his wheelchair and prosthetic leg. Seth continues to participate in case management with our CHSH team. He enjoys cooking and tinkering with electronics, including his wheelchair. As he puts it, “I’m tickled pink to be inside again.” *Names have been changed to protect the privacy of the people we serve.

In Memory of Jack Gallivan Josie Madrill Rex Mcpherson Robert Neleman Anne Wright Smith Nicolas Trent Sterling Patricia L. Stewart Craig Sutherland Thora Watson Alice Tougle Yeates

Children’s Programming Through a generous donation from the St. Benedict’s Foundation, The Road Home has established a Children’s Programming Endowment. This endowment will help to ensure that all children staying at our shelters are provided the best quality programming and

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Salt Lake Bees Donation Drive

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2013 CUPA-HR Western Region Conference Collin, Wendy, Jen, Dan & Connie Dr. Robert Allen Christian Fitzimmons Nicole Lindsley PFG Insurance Pingree Charitable Fund Don Wardell

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Gifts made in Memory & Honor In Honor of

SPRING 2013

support during this difficult time in their lives. We would like to thank the Sisters of St. Benedict’s in Ogden for their generous support of our children’s programs and assistance in creating this endowment.

Spring Mobile Stadium 77 West 1300 South, Salt Lake City The Salt Lake Bees are teaming up with The Road Home to collect in-kind donations as the face they Reno Aces!

Comcast Cares Day Saturday, April 27 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm.

210 S. Rio Grande St. & other Road Home locations Join us for a day of caring sponsored by Comcast. We need over 500 volunteers to assist us with projects at our Salt Lake Community Shelter, Palmer Court and housing units. Comcast will make a monetary donation to our programs for each volunteer who participates. Sign up to volunteer contact: Kelli McFall 801-819-7293 or kmcfall@theroadhome.org

One by One Breakfast Thursday, May 2 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Little America Hotel 500 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City Free, reservation required. On behalf of the hundreds of people we help each day, we would like to invite you to our One by One Breakfast. This free and inspirational event is a wonderful way to learn more about the programs and services we provide to people in our community. Donations are kindly requested at the event. To attend, please contact: Becca Dupaix 801-819-7296 or bdupaix@theroadhome.org Become a Table Captain As a table captain you will invite 9 of your friends, family members, or colleagues to join you at our breakfast. Share your passion for the work we do with others! To become a Table Captain, please contact: Celeste Eggert 801-819-7291 or ceggert@theroadhome.org

For more event information visit www.theroadhome.org/events


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SPRING 2013

100,000 Homes Campaign: Salt Lake City

Six individuals were placed in housing during Registry Week, including this longtime client of The Road Home.

In early November 2011 our community initiated the 100,000 Homes: Salt Lake City Campaign supporting a national movement to house 100,000 vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals and families by July 2014. This collaborative effort is supported by community

leaders from the non-profit, governmental and business communities in the Salt Lake County area. The campaign began with Registry Week in January 2013. From January 30 to February 1 between the hours of 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. 30 teams made up of 69 community volunteers and

THE ROAD HOME MISSION

The mission of The Road Home is to help people step out of homelessness and back into our community. We have a wide variety of programs that help individuals and families: HOUSING PROGRAM Our approach is to help people get into well-matched housing options as quickly as possible after they come to the shelter. We then work to help them sustain their new housing. SHELTER Throughout the year, The Road Home provides emergency shelter to families and individuals through our main shelter and Community Winter Shelter. SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM Some individuals and families face a harder road from shelter to housing. This program utilizes case managers to address those challenges. EMERGENCY SERVICES This office assists individuals and families with essential needs they may have, such as clothing or social services. CHILDREN’S PROGRAM Homelessness is hardest on children. The Road Home works with local agencies to provide enriching activities to the children living in the shelter. PALMER COURT Palmer Court, a permanent supportive housing development, was completed in 2009. Now filled to capacity, Palmer Court provides affordable apartments for families and individuals emerging from homelessness.

45 agency staff canvassed the streets, parks and waterways of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County. Our goal was to connect with as many people experiencing homelessness as possible. Specialized teams made up of 48 staff and volunteers also conducted surveys at The Road Home and other local homeless shelters. Volunteers used the 100,000 Homes Vulnerability Index to create a by-name list of individuals experiencing street homelessness who are most at risk for premature death due to diverse risk factors. In addition to systematically gathering the names, pictures, and dates of birth for individuals sleeping on the streets, our teams also collected information on their health status, length of homelessness, patterns of shelter use, previous housing situation and institutional history including jail, prison, hospital, and military. The registry developed with this data will be used to focus new housing and service resources to the individuals with the greatest vulnerability. This prioritization helps our community better allocate scarce housing and supportive service resources to the people most in need, thereby saving lives by an immediate reduction in street and chronic homelessness, and reduces use of high cost emergency and crisis services. Nearly 700 individuals completed the survey during our Registry Week in Salt Lake City, including people staying in the foothills, parks, vehicles

and local shelters. This number includes individuals experiencing chronic homelessness as well as individuals with disabilities and those who have been homeless for a significant period of time. Preliminary results indicate that 42% were found to be vulnerable according to risk factors including those suffering from mental illness, physical illness and substance abuse. The average age of individuals surveyed was 47, the oldest individual surveyed was 76. 80 individuals surveyed were Veterans. Specific vulnerabilities identified include brain injury, victim of violent attack, and chronic illnesses. The information collected will help our community identify gaps in service and medical care for individuals and provide a basis for developing new and additional services to help people get the care they need. The 100,000 Homes: Salt Lake City campaign fits squarely into the mission of The Road Home as we help individuals and families step out of homelessness and back into our community. We view this campaign as a valuable tool to help us end chronic homelessness for vulnerable women and men living on our streets and in our shelters. Over the next several months and years, we will utilize the data collected by volunteers during our Registry Week to identify and house each and every individual in need.

The Road Home would like to thank all of our Utah State legislators for their approval of a $500,000 allocation to our Community Winter Shelter in Midvale. These funds will directly support the much needed renovations to our winter facility and provide a more functional space for families who stay with

us during the coldest months of the year. We could not provide this life-saving service to so many families without the on going support of our public officials. We are deeply grateful for their support as we embark on this new chapter of providing winter shelter to our community.

Utah State Legislature


Volunteer News: putting a spring in our step

Playroom Remodel This past November, The Bennion Center held their Saturday Service Project at our Salt Lake Community Shelter. As part of this day of service, volunteers began a complete remodel of our playroom. Before they took charge of the renovations, our playroom lacked secure storage for toys, art supplies, and books. The process that began in November was completed in March with the final touches on a mural painted by children staying at our shelter. Nurture the Creative Mind, a non-profit based in Ogden, helped inspire and create a mural which decorates the main wall of our playroom. Each Saturday for the past two months, Amir Jackson, the founder of Nurture the Creative Mind, worked with volunteers and children staying at The Road Home to complete the “Help One, Help All” mural. The theme of helping others featured in the mural was inspired by the children at our shelter with Amir’s guidance. The mural shows a globe on the right side with blocks missing. These blocks are floating in space and represent things that most kids staying with us do not have right now; a house, pet or yard. The hands throughout the mural represent that by helping each other, our world will one day be whole. “I think it is a great story and

one that should have some light shed upon it, multiple community organizations coming together for the youth who, through no fault or control their own, are homeless,” said Jackson of the children’s idea for the mural. “I think often when we think of homeless we think of the adults, but in reality the homeless include families and that means children. This should not go unnoticed or ignored,” he added. The children involved in the mural had a wonderful time developing their ideas and realizing them in paint. This interactive project gave them a sense of ownership in the remodel of a space designed specifically for them and other children who will stay with us. Thank you to The Bennion Center, Nurture the Creative Mind, our volunteers, and all the children who helped make our playroom a functional and inviting place for the kids here at The Road Home. Faithful Fridays Volunteers play an integral role in the programs and services The Road Home provides. In addition to providing weekly book clubs, kid’s activities and teen night out, volunteers also prepare and serve meals to the men, women and families staying at our shelter. The efforts of the Mountain View Christian Assembly’s

Homeless Ministry have been particularly remarkable. Each Friday for several years, they serve a meal at our Salt Lake Community Shelter. Over the past five years, the ministry has expanded to assist families at our Community Winter Shelter in Midvale. Each week, the families staying at both shelters can look forward to a nutritious meal and a friendly smile from their neighbors. The volunteers who donate their time and resources to provide this meal have become a much-loved part of our community at both our Salt Lake and Midvale shelters. They are a constant reminder to the people we help that there is a loving community working alongside them as they overcome homelessness. Story time Fun During the coldest months of the year, The Road Home operates a seasonal shelter to meet the needs of the many families with children who turn to us for assistance. This winter, hundreds of volunteers helped us provide weekly activities and meals to the families staying at our Community Winter Shelter. As families work one-on-one with case managers to return to housing, volunteers help keep children engaged and provide a sense of community in their temporary home. A new program at our Community Winter Shelter

is Children’s Story Time. This weekly activity for young children was implemented by the Youth Services Librarians, a group of fourteen librarians from twelve different Salt Lake County library branches. The program focuses on introducing non-school aged children to books and local libraries. “First and foremost, we enjoy sharing our love of books with children and families,” explains Heather Novotny, leader of the Story Time program. “Story time is a source of fun and joy, as well as valuable learning time for young children,” Novotny said. An afternoon story time program has also been added for school-aged children who are not at the shelter for the morning activity. Lisa Shoop, a librarian at the Murray Library, has helped lead the Story Time program at our winter shelter for two years. “The kids love the books and it is so fun to see their faces light up,” said Shoop. The Story Time program has been a fun and educational addition to our children’s programming at our Community Winter Shelter. We appreciate all the time and effort put forth by these librarians who volunteer each week to bring this program to children staying at our shelter.


Changing lives one person at a time The Road Home’s 17th Holiday Radio-a-Thon Once again, our community joined together to show their dedication to helping people overcome homelessness during our Annual Holiday Radio-aThon in December. We were astounded by the generous outpouring of support we received from individuals, local companies, and foundations. Every person who made a contribution proved that each gift helps people find their way home. We feel fortunate to have received more in-kind donations during our Radio-aThon than ever before. These gifts of blankets, warm clothing, and hygiene items help us provide for the basic needs of people who turn to us for help. Hundreds of volunteers donated their time and energy collecting and sorting these vital donations. Each monetary donation made during our Holiday

Radio-a-Thon empowers us to provide life-saving shelter and services to people in our community year round. The vital funds contributed during this event are leveraged with the support of matching grants by foundations and corporations to ensure each donation is matched dollar for dollar, and put to immediate use helping people step out of homelessness and back into our community. Our annual Holiday Radioa-Thon gives us a joyous opportunity to connect with our supporters. We could not share our mission with so many friends without the help of the nine local radio stations who donate their time and expertise each year. Simmons Media and Bonneville Communications have become an integral part of our outreach efforts over the years. We feel deeply fortunate to have them as partners in

changing lives one person at a time. The holidays are a remarkable time at The Road Home. Supporters, volunteers and the people we help come together in the spirit of giving. One woman staying at our shelter, visited our donation table during Donations made during our Holiday Radio-a-Thon ensure smiles year round. the Radio-a-Thon. She donated the only received from each of you by cash she had, a five dollar bill, continuing to work tirelessly to saying she knew there were provide emergency shelter and people with less than she had innovative housing solutions to and wanted to help. It is gifts each person who turns to us in like these, large and small that their time of need. make the work we do possible. Thank you to our 2012 We look forward to sharing Radio Stations: Fan 1320, the stories of families, men 101.5 The Eagle, FM 100.3, and women who are finding X96, 103.5 The Arrow, 104.7 their way back home each December through our Holiday La Favorita, U92, Rewind Radio-a-Thon. We pledge to 100.7 and 107.9 The Mix. honor the generous support we

Souper Bowl of Caring Warmest Thanks Each winter, millions of people gather to watch the Super Bowl. What if we could get each person watching the big game to contribute one dollar or one can of food to a local charity? The impact could be profound in helping end hunger and poverty across our nation. Souper Bowl of Caring offers an opportunity to do just that. By joining the Souper Bowl of Caring and selecting a local non-profit, like The Road Home, your school, church group or friends can have a lasting impact on the programs and services we offer to people in our community. Lake Ridge Elementary held their own Souper Bowl of Caring this January. Students, faculty and parents worked together to collect donations and food items for both our Salt Lake and Midvale shelters. The week leading up to the game, the school held activities to

encourage awareness and giving. Each student was challenged to donate $1 or a non-perishable food item during the week. Over $1,000 and 2,065 pounds of food were collected by these ambitious elementary students in just one week! Lake Ridge Elementary was the first school to participate in Souper Bowl of Caring on behalf of The Road Home. We could not be more proud of the charitable efforts of these students who took ownership of the planning, activities and giving. We look forward to Lake Ridge Elementary and many more schools participating in this easy and fun program next year. To sign up for the Souper Bowl of Caring to benefit The Road Home, please contact: Alicia Gates at 801-819-7298 or agates@theroadhome.org

to our Holiday Radio-a-Thon Sponsors Presenting Sponsor

Bonneville Salt Lake Broadcast Group Simmons Media Sorenson Legacy Foundation Media Sponsors KUTV Channel 2 Silver Sponsors Gerber Construction Morgan Stanley Stephen G. & Susan E. Denkers Family Foundation Willard L. Eccles Foundation Bronze Sponsors Progrexion UBS Bank Copper Sponsors AAA Clearlink CommGap International Language Services Imagine Health KeyBank Neways, Inc. The Burton Foundation The Kennecott Utah Copper Charitable Foundation Waste Management Zinc Sponsors Cogent

D.R. Horton Inc. Hershey Company Intermountain Healthcare Magelby and Green PC Mantyla McReynolds Mountain Star Healthcare Pitney Bowes Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah Smith’s Food & Drug Stores Utah Building & Construction Trades Council Web Incentive Management


THE ROAD HOME’S MOST URGENT NEEDS Our Salt Lake Community Shelter and Palmer Court are currently in need of:

Blankets (all sizes) Socks (adult & children) Shoes & Work Boots

Towels Diapers & Wipes Sunscreen & Insect Repellent

All items can be delivered to The Road Home 210 South Rio Grande Street (455 W.) 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. seven days a week, including holidays. To view a full donation needs list, visit our website: www.theroadhome.org/needslist


Spring Newsletter 2013