North Temple seems to have taken a turn for the worse since the temporary police station was vacated in May. Besides an uptick in loitering and littering in front of the former Arctic Circle property, a woman was shot and killed in broad daylight on August 15. While police crime statistics for District 2 seem to be flat, the property crimes of burglary and auto theft increased a bit last May.
The Gateway Inn was sold and the new owner, David Pope, seems to have relaxed the standards employed by the previous owners who faced a nuisance ordinance violation. Pope also owns the Main Street Motel further south. Nearby residents have complained about its operation and there was a woman murdered there last October.
The River District Chamber recently sent a letter to the Salt Lake City Mayor’s office asking for additional police help on North Temple including re-opening the temporary police station, restoring camera surveillance and starting nuisance ordinance violation proceedings against David Pope. The property owner who owns the former Arctic Circle location has agreed to again host the police at his location. He also revealed the property is being sold and the plan is to redevelop multi-family housing.
A feasibility study for the development of a Public Market at or near the Fairpark is in its final stages. The technical advisory committee decided on a phased approach to the Market concept which will include an evening market and other programming which will activate the Fairpark more frequently. The firm doing the study should release its results to the RDA by the end of the year.
The art installation on North Temple will have its public opening on September 16 at 11 a.m. with a walking tour starting at Mestizo Coffee House and ending at Red Iguana 2. This is a project several years in the making, which is one of the many steps necessary to transform North Temple’s image.
While North Temple seems to have taken a step backwards, the coming investment by businesses, the Fairpark and other government organizations tells me this setback is only temporary.
Nigel Swaby is a Fairpark resident, and Chair of the River District Chamber.
Carla Astorga suffered a psychotic break that landed her in the hospital in 2014. At the time, she suffered from a level of anxiety and depression so severe it was difficult for her to leave her home. However, with support, mentoring and services provided by Latino Behavioral Health Services (LBHS), she was able to recover so fully that she became a certified peer support specialist who is now able to provide the same type of support for others that she once needed. She even won the LBHS’ Peer of the Year award for the state of Utah in 2019.
“Carla is the best example of what we’re about at Latino Behavioral,” said Julia Martinez, Development Director and Therapist at LBHS. “The ultimate goal for us is to have an impact on the larger health care system and their responses to the needs of the Latino community by putting Latinos in that system [as] peer mentors, social workers or part of the administration, so there is more of a representative voice in the state system,” said Martinez.
LBHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2013 when a group of Spanish-speaking advocates got together to try to bring programs from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Spanish to Salt Lake City. Eventually, with the help of various partners, like Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA) and the state of Utah, they evolved into a peer-run organization whose goal is to “enhance mental health awareness and well-being of people with mental illness, their care-givers and loved ones through support, education, empowerment, facilitation of resources and services with competent responsiveness to cultural, socio-economic and linguistics characteristics.”
Located at 3471 West Temple, LBHS provides a variety of low-cost and free services tailored to Latino cultural needs. Services include therapy, peer-to-peer mentoring, classes and support groups promoting and treating mental health issues.
“Latinos have a different experience of life - and cultural beliefs are a huge part of mental illness,” said Martinez of the charge to provide culturally relevant services to the Latino community. “Inherently there are higher rates of trauma in that population, so that the need for mental health services can be a lot greater.” Martinez says that the experience of immigration can create a lot of trauma when precipitated by things like gang violence, poverty and extortion.
Even for second-generation immigrants, the urgency for mental health services in the Latino community is strong, as rates for suicidal behaviors in Latina girls are “almost twice as high as other populations,” explained Martinez. “Being bicultural, especially for teens, I think, is a super difficult place, trying to navigate between two worlds and their demands, and not really fitting in 100 percent in either.”
LBHS serves approximately 600 - 700 Latinos annually, and offers all services in Spanish. They strive to be not only a service provider, but also a community. As Martinez expressed, “Community involvement and that sense of relational wants is much higher in the Latino community. That is not something you’re ever going to get if you walk into a clinic that is rooted in our dominant culture. People are really turned off by the lack of that and they don’t come back for services.”
The community involvement is seen in the peer-run model of LBHS and many patrons end up getting involved and becoming trained to be teachers, peer-group facilitators, and mentors. Martinez implores that services are available to anyone. To take advantage of the services, or get involved as a volunteer, contact LBHS at:
Editor’s Note: In this article about the Utah Inland Port, we offer some background information about the project and consider both sides of the debate surrounding it, so that you can better determine if an inland port would be good or bad for quality of life in west Salt Lake City and nearby communities.
By Christian Sears
Most people didn’t pay much attention to Salt Lake City’s, (and later the State of Utah’s) plans to create a global import/export hub in northwest Salt Lake City, until protests got out of control this summer. Fierce political controversy has recently engulfed the inland port project, which has been deemed one of the largest economic development projects the state has ever seen. The proposed development could potentially boost the state’s economy by hundreds of millions of dollars by creating jobs for Utahns and tax incentives for new companies. However, the port would also harm the environment and significantly impact nearby communities with added truck, rail and air traffic.
An inland port is a transportation hub, like any traditional port. To realize plans for an inland port in Salt Lake City, the Utah State Legislature created the Inland Port Authority in 2018 and gave it jurisdiction over 16,147 acres of land in northwest SLC (see the map on www.utahinlandport.org for details). The Port Authority was also equipped with a special tool to develop the land: a “tax increment.” Using taxpayers’ money, the Port Authority can give loans and use other financial mechanisms to incentivize development. It also has limited authority over zoning within the relevant boundaries.
Salt Lake City itself has already adjusted zoning for much of the designated land so that it is open for development. Furthermore, despite massive public outcry, the City Council voted unanimously in August to grant a $28 million dollar tax break for inland port development.
On the Port Authority’s website, they claim that the port boundary “was designed to exclude natural areas” such as Bailey’s Lake. They assert that the port “could be an opportunity to expand rail and air transport in place of truck transportation, reducing air pollution, traffic, and other impacts.” They state that the future increase of goods shipped in the US “will mean more demand for infrastructure and facilities in Utah,” which the port would presumably provide.
Finally, they write that the port could bring manufacturing work, and that projections “for employment in the manufacturing sector show continued growth in Utah and across the U.S. through 2060.” But this is deceptive, if you look at the graph immediately beneath this statement, the only projected growth is in “Change in Growth with Drift” and “Change in Growth.” Growth itself slopes downward.
Several opponents of the inland port spoke about possible downsides of the project.
Deeda Seed, the Senior Utah Field Campaigner at the Center for Biological Diversity and an administrator of the website StopthePollutingPort.org, said she believes that the port will “harm our air quality, destroy the local habitat, increase traffic congestion, water pollution,” and that her and her colleagues’ “intent is to protect that area…to stop pollution that would be devastating to our quality of life.”
Seed explained that, “developers want tax breaks,” but “their plans are not environmentally sustainable to the extent that they’ve revealed them to us.” She asserts that, for example, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad seeks to develop land within the port, in order to create a second rail yard and compete with Union Pacific. Seed argues that such projects will grievously pollute our air shed and that much of the land within the port’s boundaries is simply “a terrible place to build.” She said, “we’ve been frustrated about how much of this has been behind closed doors…we want to have a fact-based, policy-based conversation about how to build a sustainable future for our valley.”
Dr. Brian Moench, Board President of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, is also opposed to the inland port primarily due to the risks posed by pollution. The port would “likely be the most significant source of air pollution that’s been added to our airshed in decades.” His organization estimates that developing the inland port as planned would probably add “several thousand more diesel trucks on our roads every day.” He is also concerned that pollution from diesel train cars and increased air cargo are, contrary to the Port Authority’s claim, possibly an even worse threat than pollution from added trucks. “A recent study showed that the pollution generated by LAX in Los Angeles is roughly as much pollution as is generated by all the cars on their freeway, ” said Moench.
Moench made no effort to cushion his low opinion of the proposed development. Claiming that the development will be responsible, he said, is like claiming that “we’re going to smoke cigarettes in a responsible way…there’s no way you can make this responsible.” He added that “residents need to start speaking up…they need to be directly contacting their local officials, especially their state legislators.”
Jack Hedge, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Inland Port Authority said that the Port Authority “is trying to make sure that the development in that area meets the needs of the state economy and is done in such a way that will mitigate the impact on surrounding communities.” He conceded that, “all development has impacts,” but said, “the charge of the Port Authority is to try to utilize the tax increment to limit or mitigate those impacts or relocate those impacts.” When asked if the port will be an eyesore, Hedge offered: “That’s one of the things we’re trying to address. In addition to creating jobs in that area and for those communities [we want to make sure] that it doesn’t detract from the beauty and overly impact the quality of lives.”
Hedge insisted that the Port Authority would try “to push the development conditions further than the city would…if a developer would want the tax increment, we would try to push for greater energy efficiency and less of an environmental impact.” He offered the example of “a loan made to a developer…so that they could install solar power generation or low-impact development things like permeable pavement.” Regarding the misleading information on the website about manufacturing jobs growth, he responded: “I’m glad you brought that up…I don’t have back-end access to the site,” which was apparently created by Envision Utah.
Ultimately, since development is in its earliest stages, concrete details of the plans are sparse and the future of the port is filled with uncertainty. The only certainty is that informed engagement from community members will benefit the future of the Salt Lake Valley.
Whatever your opinion is regarding the port, make sure that your voice is heard by contacting your local elected officials, or speaking up at future community council or Port Authority meetings, or writing letters to the editor for your local newspaper.
The West View asked readers on Facebook what their favorite low-cost way to exercise was, and the most popular answer by far was running, cycling or walking on the Jordan River Trail. Others mentioned swimming laps or working out at Northwest Recreation Center, boxing at the Sorenson Center, or bustin’ a move at the free Early Morning Zumba class in Glendale. (Check them out on their Facebook page: EMZ Crew)
Jordan Park Dog Park
Photo by Michael Evans
Jordan Park is now home to a newly renovated off-leash dog park with amenities like dog-friendly water fountains, balance beams, and a training tunnel. This attractive space provides opportunities for well-behaved dogs to romp and socialize with one another, while their humans supervise nearby. Located at the north end of the park at 1060 S 900 West.
Louie’s Boxing Gym
Photos by David Ricketts
If you’re tired of looking for something to beat the boredom out of your regular workout routine, try boxing - it’s never dull and will literally keep you on your toes. Housed in the west side’s Sorenson Multicultural Center, Louie’s Boxing Gym offers a variety of classes and open gym times for anyone interested in sparring. From youth teams, to adult classes, and open time for all ages, there is something for every fighter - or every aspirational boxer. For more information, visit the Sorenson Multi-Cultural Center at 855 West California Avenue, https://slco.org/sorenson/boxing-gym/, or, visit Louie’s Boxing Gym on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Louies-Boxing-Gym-149168878854742/.
Jordan River Parkway
Photo by David Ricketts
One of the most popular forms of exercise with West View readers is walking, running and cycling the Jordan River Parkway trail. The trail accesses multiple city parks, two popular dog parks and provides a refreshing sliver of green space through the heart of Salt Lake City. People of all ages can be seen recreating and exercising on the trail – alone, with their dogs or their families.
Rocky Mountain Power & Marathon Refinery benefit most from planned Beck Street Transmission project
By Eric S. Peterson
The following story was written and reported by The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The West View.
In April, west-side residents awoke to flyers on their doors letting them know that for the sake of cleaner air and more reliable power, their doorsteps would be darkened by modified power lines, in some places 30 feet higher than the existing poles. Rocky Mountain Power officials said they “thoroughly” explored several options for the industrial-looking transmission lines with city officials and that this route would have the least impact to property owners and would have minimal impact on property values.
But there are several problems with that statement. No Salt Lake City officials seem to have records of any alternative line proposals discussing routes, costs or other impacts. Some alternative routes discussed would seem to have less of an impact on homeowners, though they would be more expensive for Marathon Petroleum, the company footing the bill with the goal of improving energy reliability at their Beck Street refinery operation. And several studies — including a major, multiyear study done in Salt Lake County — have found that transmission lines do negatively impact property values.
West side District 3 Councilman Chris Wharton remembered being briefed on the Beck Street line and asking RMP what the alternatives were.
“They said they had already looked at all the alternatives and that there were no other alternatives,” Wharton said. He said he was frustrated but couldn’t do much about it. The transmission line is on Rocky Mountain Power’s existing easements and so the city’s hands are tied, he said. District 2 Councilman Andrew Johnston got the same reception when he asked RMP if they had considered bypassing the Fairpark neighborhood by running lines along the vacant land just east of I-15 along the Folsom Trail. The polite answer he was told, was no. While Johnston supports cleaner air, he said, “it’s not necessarily a direct benefit to the neighborhood where the lines go through.”
A public records request to the city returned no documentation of proposed alternative routes, nor minutes of any meetings discussing such routes.
RMP spokesperson Spencer Hall noted in an email statement that at one point, the city’s redevelopment agency had sought to have sections of the line buried underground. But that would have cost the city $6 million and would have run north/south along 800 West, instead of 900 West like the current plan.
“The added cost of undergrounding four blocks of the line made the project financially unfeasible,” Hall said. Still, he said the current proposed line will have the least impact to property owners since over 80 percent of the alignment is a pole-to-pole replacement of existing power lines.
While underground lines can exponentially increase costs, another option was considered to build new lines running north along the refinery’s own property before cutting west across I-15—avoiding all of Rose Park.
According to Marathon spokesman Brad Shafer, there were a few problems with this option: It would disrupt the refinery’s business, and Rocky Mountain Power officials disliked the approach because they would have to negotiate an easement with the Union Pacific Railroad. That might add delays and additional costs to the project. By just replacing existing lines, RMP doesn’t have to build brand new lines or negotiate with anyone – they just had to tell west-siders the bad news.
“We do operate in the community and we wanted to try and support Rocky Mountain Power doing the job the right way. But at the end of the day, we still have a point at which the project is too expensive,” Shafer said.
That added cost may now simply be passed onto residents.
A 2016 article in The Appraisal Journal documented the effect of transmission lines on the sale of over 125,000 single-family residential sales in Salt Lake County between 2001 and 2014. That study found the greatest negative impact came from homes near 138 KV lines – the same as proposed in the Beck Street Transmission line – showing a 5.1 percent drop in sale value for homes within 50 meters of the lines. They also found the negative effects did not dissipate over time.
When asked if Marathon had considered spending more on the line to lessen the impacts on their residential neighbors, Shafer responded, “I don’t know how to answer that question.”
Shafer said the company will ultimately invest over $10 million in the line – but that will pay meaningful dividends in improved air quality for the surrounding community.
The increased voltage will help the refinery in producing Tier 3 gasoline, which releases less sulfur into the air than other gasolines. Shafer also stressed the added reliability will prevent power surges from shorting refinery equipment that cause “flares,” or the emergency release of polluting chemicals into the air – fireballs of toxic pollutants like sulfur dioxides and nitrogen oxides.
Marathon has expressed a commitment to clean air, but usually after settling legal actions from federal regulators. The company began spending $319 million in 2016 on new flare-gas recovery systems after they were forced to as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency to improve air around their refineries.
In April 2018, the refinery, then owned by Andeavor, received tax incentives from the state to help update its equipment to produce Tier 3 gasoline. At the end of that month, Marathon bought Andeavor for $23.3 billion, making Marathon the largest independent oil refinery in the nation.
Locally, the refinery is connected to the city’s west side. Shafer says Marathon sponsors community events, funds the Salt Lake County vehicle emission repair program, and even helped start robotics clubs at West High among other charitable endeavors.
But the company is also connected to RMP. The utility company was paid by Marathon to build their Beck Street substation. Beyond that, the refinery is a top energy customer.
“In Salt Lake Valley, we’re one of their biggest customers,” Shafer said.
This summer, the Utah Cricket Association constructed a cricket pitch in Rosewood Park on 1400 West and 1200 North. Omar Alam, the president of the Utah Cricket Association, answers questions about cricket for The West View as he plans the new cricket events for the west side.
What is cricket?
Cricket is very similar to baseball; the main concept is throw the ball, hit the ball. Cricket has a few more rules, but it has more action than baseball and that is why cricket can become a mainstream sport.
How was the Utah Cricket Association formed?
A bunch of guys got together and started going to neighboring states to play national and local level cricket tournaments. We realized when we would visit these states, we would find great infrastructure, so we came back and decided to organize the sport and start an all-star team in 2015. You’ve heard of Real Salt Lake, you’ve heard of the Utah Jazz, but nobody has heard of Utah Seagulls. So, believe it or not, we actually have a cricket team for Utah.
How big is the league?
Currently we have 160 adult members and we have 20 kids in the youth league. My expectation is that the youth league will grow from 20 to 80 or 100 this year. There is a lot of demand and a lot of kids want to play cricket.
Who plays on the league?
Cricket is played in a lot of countries – all of the British colonies in the world, so countries like England, South Africa, India and Pakistan. All of these countries have smaller communities here in Utah, and a lot of the kids in the league are from these communities, although we involve the local kids too. People are loving it.
Where do they play?
Circket is played on a cricket pitch, which has a similar layout to where the pitcher and batter are positioned in baseball. We have a cricket pitch at 11th Avenue Park in Salt Lake City and one in American Fork at Art Dye Park, and now we have a cricket pitch in Rose Park at Rosewood Park.
What will the cricket pitch bring to the Rose Park community?
We wanted to build a cricket pitch in between the outer bounds of two soccer fields because we don’t want to compete with other sports; we want to coexist. We were excited about the opportunity to build in Rose Park because we wanted to go on the west side and bring people and money into the west-side. People will be coming to watch games from the north and south of the valley on Saturdays and Sundays and they’ll spend time and eat near the games. In additional to the money and business, it will bring more diversity and cultural events.
Why should someone pick up cricket as a new sport?
Cricket has a lot of history in the United States. The first international game was actually played between Canada and the USA. But somewhere down the line, cricket slowly died down in the USA because it was a British sport. It’s faster than baseball, has more action, and you don’t need a baseball diamond, and since you can hit the ball backwards, you’re not playing in a pizza slice like in baseball; you play the whole pie in a circular field. We don’t want to compete with baseball; cricket should exist on its own.
What kind of events will be held at the new cricket pitch in Rosewood Park?
Local leagues have been playing at Rosewood Park, and the current schedule can be found at http://www.ucacricket.org/. We have an introduction to cricket event planned in collaboration with Beehive Sports, which will be held on Oct. 5th from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The Salt Lake City Council finalized the 2019-2020 Capital Improvement Plan on August 27. The annual capital improvement program is a citizen-led process that allows neighborhood groups, community councils, neighborhood business groups, and nonprofit organizations to request funding from the city council – through the Mayor’s office - to improve infrastructure and facilities throughout the city.
After a public application process, members of the Community Development & Capital Improvement Programs Advisory Board (CDCIP) review applications and provide recommendations to the city council. The Mayor’s Office also provides recommendations to the city council. The council then reviews this information and determines which projects to fund with the resources available. During the process, the council can choose to fund projects from a variety of sources as diverse as legal settlements, impact fees, general funds, or Funding Our Future funds (which come from a sales tax increase and Streets Reconstruction Bond – both approved in 2018).
The City Council invested heavily in the health and future of the Jordan River this year. Over $1.3 million was allocated to redevelop the Fisher Mansion Carriage House into a community center focused on the environment and natural resources of the Jordan River – including kayaking. The project also calls for adding office space for the Parks & Public Lands Division. This project is intended to be a central point for new recreational activities in the area tied to future expansions of the GREENbike program, the Folsom Corridor Trail, and a nearby boat ramp that was also funded in the process.
Complimentary to the renovation of the Fisher Mansion Carriage House, the city also provided over $217,000 in funding for a new access point to the Jordan River at North Temple. According to the description of the proposal, it will “create an easy‐to‐use boat ramp access for canoes, kayaks and similar watercraft on the Jordan River, along with water trailhead kiosk signage, street signage, and landscaping improvements.”
In addition, the City Council approved $500,000 in funding to begin the process of restoring the area known as the Three Creeks Confluence – located on 1300 South 900 West in Glendale. This initial investment allows for the purchase of property to support the long-term goal of creating a community center with nature programming to serve the Glendale neighborhood.
Lastly, funding was approved for several maintenance projects including maintenance of bridges that cross the Jordan River, such as at 400 South and 650 North.
9-Line Community Orchard
A new community orchard is coming to the 9-Line Trail at 1100 West with an allocation of over $195,000 from the council. The proposal states that the project “will include grading, site and soil preparation, installation of drip irrigation for improved watering efficiency, planting of fruit trees, general site landscaping and park amenities.” According to documents provided through the proposal, the orchard will be developed on land that has been vacant for roughly 15 years. There are currently no community orchards in the area and this project aligns with goals outlined in the Westside Master Plan that call for new urban agricultural and orchards in west side communities.
Jordan Park stands to benefit from over $431,000 in funding for new signage and significant improvements to infrastructure to increase the capacity to host special events. Documents provided by Salt Lake City indicate that the project will “create another large self‐contained event site on the west side, providing more opportunities for events and their organizers.”
Streets and Infrastructure
In keeping with the Funding Our Future initiative and other infrastructure priorities, the council also included over $3,341,000 in funding for the city’s transportation and streets. Projects include additional funding for the complete streets policy, remedying uneven pavement near railway crossings, additional and redesigned bus stops, and other transportation improvements.
The Sorenson Multicultural Center will receive a new connecting corridor to connect it to the Sorenson Unity Center. This improvement represents another investment in the Sorenson campus that provides recreational and social connections for many residents. A new corridor will strengthen the connection between facilities.
Of course, not every project can be funded, and two west side projects of note were not funded during this year’s process. A project to make improvements to the Fife Wetlands was not funded. The project would have replaced infrastructure and made repairs at the wetlands.
A proposed redesign of the Wingpointe Levee was also not funded. The project is tied to other considerations including the construction of the airport and will likely be considered in the future as the airport project advances.
Overall, the 2019-2020 represents a significant investment in west side communities. The 2020-2021 Capital Improvement Program is underway. Residents are encouraged to participate in the process with their community council, nonprofit organizations, or other groups. Learn more at https://stories.opengov.com/saltlakecity/published/6Cb91Os3h.
Residents in Poplar Grove have heard the church bells ring out over the neighborhood near St. Patrick’s Catholic Church for decades – for a hundred years to be exact.
This past July, St. Patrick’s celebrated the 100th anniversary of the dedication of their church, which was constructed between 1916 and 1919.
However, the history of St. Patrick’s parish goes back even further. It was established in 1892, and the original location of the church was near 400 South and 500 West. The original building had to be torn down before the construction of the railroad tracks there. So, St. Patrick’s church was rebuilt a few blocks west at its current location at 1058 W. 400 South.
St. Patrick’s has always welcomed immigrants into their fold, beginning with Irish and Italian immigrants. Today, the parish is one of the most diverse in Utah, with immigrants hailing from Tonga, Samoa, Myanmar, The Philippines, and various African countries, such as Sudan, Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya. The parish pastor, Reverend Anastasius Iwuoha, is from Nigeria, and the deacon, Sefo Manu, is from Tonga.
The centennial celebration mass on July 13 was presided by the Bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Most Reverend Oscar A. Solis. Afterwards, they celebrated with a luncheon and performances reflecting the many cultures represented at the church.
One month earlier, after three hours of drilling into the cornerstone of the church with a diamond bit, parish officials removed a 100-year-old time capsule, which consisted of a small metal box containing two newspaper clippings, a water-damaged photograph, and a fragment of wood believed to be from the original church building.
According to Anthony Martinez, Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry, parish officials plan to ask for suggestions from their community about what to put into a fresh time capsule that will be placed in the cornerstone later this fall.
Longtime Glendale resident, Phil Lopez, has been attending the St. Patrick’s church since about 1972. It has been a big part of his life. He and his wife, Dorothy, were remarried at St. Patrick’s, and his brother Joe’s funeral was held there.
Phil said that he served on the parish council for four years, and counted the money from collections for twenty years. He worked in different booths every year during their annual carnival – and for a time, would roast the green chile for the carnival.
There is no doubt that this community landmark has been a special part of countless parishioners’ lives over the past 100 years. Young people studied their religion in Bishop Glass and played basketball in the Catholic League. Christmas Eve midnight mass services at St. Pat’s have always been an important part of local parishioners’ lives.
Here’s to another 100 years of meaningful events and worship at St. Patrick’s Church!
With one phone call, Salt Lake County matches caregivers with resources
By Michael Evans
One of the inevitabilities of life is getting older, and caring for a family member is more and more common. All of the counties in Utah offer a family caregiver program. In Salt Lake County it is known as a Respite Education Program. It is not just about providing services, it is about educating the family on where other resources exist, and how to create a long-term plan together as a family or as a group of friends to solve their caregiving issues.
“Maybe they have a father who has dementia, and he was diagnosed five years ago. The family is getting really fatigued providing all the care he needs. Maybe they need a senior companion, maybe someone to bathe him. We might be bathing the care receiver, but we are doing that on behalf of the care giver to give them a break,” says Kathy Nelson of Salt Lake County Aging Services, “Everything is on behalf of the care giver, taking the stress and extra work out of their life.”
The Caregiver Support Program provides short-term respite assistance to unpaid caregivers who are the main caregivers for their spouse, parent, adult child, friend or neighbor. It does not need to be a biological connection.
“We know that many seniors once they reach that age may not have family left, or any family that is living close,” said Kathy Nelson of Salt Lake County Aging Services.
“One of the main mandates for Aging and Adult Services is supporting independence, said Nelson, “and people DO like to stay in their homes to age, so our program supports individuals who are still in independent housing.”
It does not matter if the person who needs care is living in a family home or renting an apartment.
“These are in-home services for those who are trying to stay independent,” said Nelson. “Aging in place at home is really the goal of most everybody we meet. They don’t want to be in a facility prematurely, so our programs help them stay at home longer.”
Caregiver Support is Aging and Adult Services’ most popular service, and there are plenty of slots available in 2019. Before a customer calls, Nelson advises everybody to check to see if they are qualified. The following specific populations of caregivers are eligible to receive services:
Adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals 60 years of age and older; adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals of any age with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders; older relatives (not parents) age 55 and older providing care to children under the age of 18; older relatives, including parents, age 55 and older providing care to adults 18-59 with disabilities.
However, anybody is eligible for information and assistance, support groups and consultation. There are no financial eligibility tests or fees required to participate with the Caregiver Support Program.
To start getting In-home services for independent living, Ms. Nelson enthusiastically recommends setting aside 20 minutes to a half hour to speak with someone in the Caregiver Support office, who will gladly walk them through the application process.
“We don’t want to create dependence, we want to promote independence,” said Nelson, “We want you to do so much more than you know about by the end of our year.”
In-person appointments are welcome at the office on 2100 S. State Street, but the applicant needs to call ahead. Applicants will develop a broader network of assistance and knowledge that will serve them well over the upcoming years.
Aging and Adult Services also helps meet other needs. To find out more, call 385-468-3200.
Leaders from Bear’s Ears Tribal coalition and their allies are gathering at the Utah State Capitol during the first day of the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference on August 26. The next day, they are participating in a “Taking the Waters” ceremony at Warm Springs Park in Salt Lake City.
10,000 Allies Gatherings bring together activists from a wide spectrum of social, environmental, and civil causes – defending Bear’s Ears National Monument, protesting the proposed Inland Port, and advocating for clean air and water, to name a few.
Davina Smith led allies on a 330-mile Prayer Run that started from the Four Corners on August 13. Allies took turns running alongside Davina as she covered approximately 26 miles per day.
Prayer runners and allies brought sacred items, or medicine bundles, to hold their prayers in and placed them on the steps of the Utah State Capitol. Smith displayed a 100-year-old basket filled with sacred herbs from the Bear’s Ears National Monument. Later they planned to meet with representatives from the U.N. Civil Society Conference.
For further details -- The Warm Springs Alliance has information about the Indigenous Youth Solidarity Prayer Run, Davina Smith, and many other aspects of the Warm Springs Gathering. They will also be soliciting volunteers and donations, http://www.warmspringsalliance.org/prayerrun/