Promise South Salt Lake recognizes the importance of family and community engagement as essential to achieving long-term, sustainable and improved relationships, processes, and outcomes. These programs build individual and community capacity by increasing knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities.
Our family engagement efforts include families in activities and programs that promote youth development, learning, and wellness; including planning, development, and evaluation. We engage families as essential partners while providing services that encourage youth's learning and development, nurture positive relationships between families and staff, and support families. When families are engaged, partnerships are created that have a common focus – helping youth grow and thrive. Family engagement is a shared responsibility of all those who want youth to succeed in school and in life to work together to prepare youth for success.
In our community engagement efforts we work collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the well-being of those people to bring about environmental and behavioral changes that will improve the health of the community and its members. This work involves partnerships and coalitions that help mobilize resources and influence systems, change relationships among partners, and serve as catalysts for changing policies, programs, and practices.
Family Liaisons are frontline staff who work with families from diverse backgrounds and have a close understanding of the community they serve. This trusting relationship enables them to serve as a liaison between social services and the community to facilitate access to resources and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. They build individual and community capacity by increasing knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, and advocacy. Family Liaisons are available to support families and youth to thrive in South Salt Lake and can help facilitate access to various community resources and programs.
For more information on the Family Liaison Team or to get support email Ana Garcia or call at 801-573-1155.
Promise South Salt Lake’s Community Opportunity Center (The Co-Op) focuses on adults transitioning into new learning, jobs, careers, or business ventures. For many, this means not just changing a job, but getting support along the way with things like housing, childcare, basic needs, and other support services.
The Promise SSL Co-Op is a place to connect, work, learn, and grow. Programming and resources focus around digital literacy, financial literacy, career & business advancement, and community referral services. Membership is free and includes access to:
- Co-Working Space
- Reservable Space and Equipment
- Classes, Trainings, Activities, Events
The Promise SSL Low to Moderate Income (LMI) Housing Navigator works as part of the Family and Community Engagement Program to support eligible home seekers in navigating the homebuying process and offer support to Family Liaisons when working with families facing complex housing issues. Additionally, they aid in finding and securing affordable housing-related resources and educational opportunities.
Individuals who are interested in becoming homeowners, are homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage, or are facing foreclosure should reach out to the LMI Housing Navigator directly for support.
Individuals who are looking for rental assistance, being evicted, or need support for utilities should reach out to the Family Liaison Team. They can support with connecting to resources that can help mitigate these situations and work to address other circumstances causing housing instability (ex. job/skill training, childcare, etc).
Housing Navigation IS:
- Resource guidance
- Educational opportunities
- Assistance with homebuying process
- Coordination with other SSL departments for affordable housing strategic planning
- Grant seeking and management for city’s affordable housing strategic planning
Housing Navigation is NOT
- Housing case management
- Housing placement
- Homeless outreach services
- Property asset management
- Real estate sales or financing
For more information contact Rebecca Yund at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801.707.0593
Our City-wide structure includes nine councils, each of which specializes in an important aspect of our community. These groups meet regularly to network, assess, build community capacity, plan programming, advise activities, and drive the action that “moves the needle” on creating better lives for the entire community. Community members are encouraged to get involved. We visualize this work as a neighborhood reminding us that thriving communities build both physical and social infrastructure and so everyone in our community can see themselves as part of this work. For more information about our councils and to get involved email the Promise South Salt Lake Councils.
In partnership with the Utah Food Bank and Mosaic Interfaith Ministries, Promise SSL provides an emergency resource pantry where any community member can get items they need including: food, school supplies, hygiene items, and other household / basic needs items. Here you can meet with a Promise SSL Family Liaison. This serves as a first stop to get basic items while then working with individuals to connect them to other resources, programs, and supports as needed.
Visit our Community Resource Pantry at:
- Historic Scott School (3280 South 540 East) Mon - Thu: 8 am - 2:45 pm, Tues and Thurs: 4 to 6 pm
For more information about our Promise Pantries email Ana Garcia or call 801-573-1155.