As the weather turns colder, more people turn to our agency for shelter. True to our mission and our history, our team will be poised to welcome the growing number of people who turn to us during this time of year.
Recently, the State of Utah purchased the building that is located downtown, on 210 South Rio Grande Street. This is the site that our agency has used since 1988 to provide shelter. We believe that the State of Utah’s acquisition of the property will not in any way hinder the services that we are currently providing. The Road Home has maintained a strong partnership with the state, and we recognize that their mission to serve people in need aligns with ours.
In fact, the State of Utah is one of our most important funding partners, helping our agency with the multitude of services that we currently provide. These services include emergency shelter for men, women, and families with children; connection with employment and healthcare services, including mental health and substance use disorder treatment; as well as other services to help people with their immediate needs.
Our team provides significant help for people in their efforts to secure affordable housing. I think we all understand that there is a severe lack of deeply affordable housing along the Wasatch Front, and certainly throughout Salt Lake County.
As the scheduled close of our downtown shelter looms in the future, it can be easy to overlook the myriad of day-to-day needs our staff oversees. This winter, between our shelter and our housing programs, our team will be providing services to over 2,400 people each day. With funding that we have secured through a number of government and private funders, our agency is investing tens of thousands of dollars into the lives of people who have turned to us in their time of need. Our commitment to our community and the housing programs that we provide will not change as the new centers are being developed.
In addition to the daily demands on our current resources, The Road Home is striving to address the greater needs of those who walk through our doors with helping them get their lives back. Whether through providing emergency shelter or connecting people to community resources like job services, trauma counseling, or help getting an ID, we are committed to lowering the number of people who are in acute need. The importance of this is of no small feat, especially when considering that we assist over 2,000 people a day with emergency shelter, housing, and additional resources.
While we recognize the ease of focusing on the future, we emphasize the imperative that The Road Home be able to keep the heat on and our facilities well-staffed today. Such tasks would not be possible without the support of our donors, partners, and community.
The year 2018 has brought many challenges to our organization. But throughout each challenge, we have been humbled at the outpouring of community support. Had it not been for the support of our donors, community partners, and friends like you, we would not have been able to address each challenge as effectively as we have. As a result, we have come back a stronger organization than before.
From all of us at The Road Home, we cannot thank you enough for your dedication and support of our mission. We look forward to our growing partnership with the State of Utah, and we take great pride in and responsibility for their trust in knowing what we are capable of accomplishing.
As we enter the last few months of 2018, we also look forward to helping more people, more families, end the year on a high note, in a home they can call their own.
Thank you for your support.
Matthew M. Minkevitch - Executive Director, The Road Home