Today, we officially launched our pay for success program - REACH. We are grateful for Salt Lake County government, Sorenson Impact Center, Third Sector Capital Partners, University of Utah's Criminal Justice Center, Adult Probation and Parole (AP&P), our pay for success investors, and all of our partners for making this possible.
Last night, SLC Police Chief Mike Brown visited First Step House with five police officers and a social worker. They came to talk to the men in treatment as a result of Project Diversion. Project Diversion, also known as "Special Project" is a multi-agency effort established to provide immediate access to substance abuse and mental health treatment for homeless people struggling with addiction and criminal involvement. Last night, the police officers came to have dinner.
If you haven't had a chance yet, check out one of SLC's new affordable housing projects located at 440 South 900 East! Our city has made a serious commitment to creating affordable housing. And it shows.
Thank you to all 170 donors for helping us SURPASS our $15K Love Utah, Give Utah goal. Thanks to all of you we raisaed $15,800 for treatment scholarships. More Treatment = Saving Lives. So, we thank you. Truly.
In TWO DAYS we will be put to the test.
There are over 100 people on our waiting list who have nowhere else to turn for help. It is up to us, all of us, to make sure that people receive the treatment they desperately need.
It is March which means...March Madness...budding tulips...and..drum roll...Love Utah, Give Utah! Our biggest annual 24-hour fundraiser to raise funds for TREATMENT SCHOLARSHIPS is just around the corner on March 30th! But you can actually schedule your donation today! Yes, it's true - no need to wait until March 30th to make your donation - you can visit our Razoo page and enter your info and we will receive it on the 30th.
Salt Lake City shared its 2017-2021 Affordable Housing Plan today to address both short and long-term housing needs in our community. The plan works to create systemic change that will lead to increased housing options for SLC residents. Now that is something to cheer about!
Although we are making progress in our response to the opioid epidemic in our nation, repealing the ACA could negatively impact access to treatment and our ability to sustain this progress. Please check out this article! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/aca-opioid-epidemic_us_5889fdbfe4b0737fd5cba6b0?
It is COLD out there! Please help support Volunteers of America (VOA) in their outreach efforts to those who are homeless. Warm coats, boots, and winter clothing are in need right now! Contact VOA at 801-631-7584 to donate!
From all of us at First Step House, we wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a very healthy 2017!