During the last few years – through this tough economic upheaval most of us have had to make certain adjustments in our daily activities, such as: cutting spending, lowering gas consumption, shopping at second hand or bargain stores. People of most economic levels have to make changes. People on the fringe or (paycheck to paycheck) are “trying to survive”. If they lose their job, or get their hours cut back, with no reserve, they’ll wind up in the street. This is happening as we speak. Those of us who serve the homeless are not in the position to cut back. We are seeing more people coming to us for help than ever! We are the net below the safety net. If we cut back, the people we serve will find themselves in extreme dire circumstances. Just last year alone 70 men, women, youth died needlessly on the streets of Salt Lake. Of the Seventy people that died approximately 27% were women and many were first time homeless. Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox said “What we do know is, with more access to affordable health care and housing services, these deaths can be prevented,”
Looking at statistics from the 2014 Utah Comprehensive Report on Homelessness. We see that of .47% 2,900,872 of the Utah’s population are homeless. There are more than 14,351 people across Utah who are homeless every night. More than 6,312 are individuals in families with minor children. Right now there are 12,171 homeless school children in Utah. 11,393 are doubled with another family or living without adequate facilities like cars, camps, etc. 778 are living in shelters or in places not meant for permanent housing. Sad to say, the fastest growing population is individuals less than 21 years old, they are homeless school children and they make up 29% of the homeless population. This group has increased more than 67% in the last 5 years. 38% of the homeless have no permanent place to live because of mental illness or substance abuse. 27% of these are veterans who have already sacrificed so much for our country and are suffering from PTSD. Another 46% are families with no place to call home.
So who are the people we call homeless? They could be neighbors, friends or relatives. All of us know someone who has been touched by disasters, poverty, foreclosures, alcoholism, low income, injustice, substance abuse, death of loved one, or mental illness. Living in a tough economy today many of us could suddenly fall into these statistics. Poverty knows no boundaries, addiction knows no classes. People helping people continues to be one of the greatest resources in our country. Non-Profits spearheading local efforts to meet the needs of tens of thousands.
Thrift stores, food pantries and homeless service providers are seeing a major increase in shoppers to their stores and demands for their services. People are flocking to these businesses more than ever – People from more upper incomes than normally are also visiting consignment or thrift stores and food pantries – The only problem – the thrift store and pantry shelves are emptying fast because donating is way down. More people are holding on to items they might have otherwise given. We are in dire need of funds and donations of warm clothing, coats, blankets, hygiene items, etc.
Working together with local individuals, businesses, foundations, and churches the mission has saved taxpayers millions of dollars over its life span. One report calculated the cost of providing services for one homeless person accessing services in Utah was more than $16,000 per person, per year. With your help we have provided millions of meals and other vital services to tens of thousands of “neighbors” facing hardship.
Last year alone Salt Lake City Mission provided over $3,497,811 in Out-Reach, food, Clothing, Literacy, Education and other goods and services free to all of the greater Salt Lake region’s most vulnerable men, women, and children. 93.4% of every dollar given to the mission goes to program related expense. Salt Lake City Mission is an Award Winning 22 year old trusted GuideStar Gold Level Transparent Organization and great return on your investment on all levels. Most of all it is an eternal investment in the lives of our community.
The Salt Lake City Mission is a non-denomination Christian Mission Church offering services to anyone in need. The Mission provides the homeless, disadvantaged and chemically dependant people in the Intermountain area with long-term recovery programs such as The Second Chance Ranch and UpWord Motion programs for men. We also provide food & clothing, as well as biblical counseling, guidance and most importantly, A Way Out!
Corporate Offices, Distribution & Processing Center, Classroom, Education Center & Chapel:
1151 South Redwood Road, Suite 106, P.O. Box 142, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110-0142
www.saltlakecitymission.org or Call 801-3556310
Salt Lake City Mission’s Immediate Needs List!
Fund Drives – All types of financial donations, money, stocks, bonds, diamonds, jewelry, gold, silver, precious metals, land, houses, buildings, businesses, excess inventories, grants, etc. Fund-raiser’s are critically needed, accepted and always appreciated!
Sponsor Events – Help underwrite the cost of events, advertise in the Salt Lake Street News. Ask about our many Co-Hosting opportunities.
Clothing Drives – Coats, hats, gloves, pants, socks, underwear, shirts, tee shirts, sweaters, thermal underwear, ski suits, insulated coveralls, warm clothing of all types and for all ages!
Food Drives – We are in immediate and continued need of canned goods of all types, packaged foods and dry goods of all types ie., vegetables, tuna, beans, chili, soups, mac & cheese, spaghetti, cereal, peanut butter, jam, yams, cranberry, any and all meats, ie. Beef, Lamb, Deer, Elk, 2,000 Turkey’s, 2,000 Ham’s, hot dog, hamburgers, jerky, etc…
Blanket Drives – Blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, bed spreads, linen, tents, mummy bags, tarps, backpacks, suit cases, camping equipment, etc.
Hygiene Kit Drives – Soap, shampoo, combs, hair brushes, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, wash cloths, tooth brushes & paste, feminine hygiene supplies, etc.
Christmas Present Gift Drives – Wrapped and or unwrapped Christmas gifts of all types for all ages…Men’s, Women’s and especially Children’s clothes and toys. Thousands Always Needed and Appreciated!
House hold Items Drives – Pots, pans, dishes, cups, bowls, silverware, all types of kitchen utensils and small, appliances…
Working together with the community we are touching thousands of local people struggling with homelessness and poverty. Thank you for your support!
To Make a Difference Donate Online at: http://saltlakecitymission.org Or Call 801-355-6310, or drop off donations At: 1151 South Redwood Road, Suite 106, Rear, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104