Authored by: Carolyn Hansen, Salt Lake County Youth Services Director
I wanted to take the time to reflect on 2016 and remember the dedicated staff, community partners, volunteers, and donors who made it possible for us to provide the shelter, support and safety for the youth we serve. We celebrate the successes of these young people and the bravery it takes to walk through our doors and receive the services we provide. Whether it’s a youth who entered our shelter care program who experienced disruption in their family, a young person who made the choice to become sober, or that young adult experiencing homelessness, they each need a community of support around them to move forward in life.
As we at Youth Services look forward to the New Year, we are optimistic about the possibilities of making a positive difference in the lives of the children, youth and families we serve. We continue to look for ways to increase community awareness about our programs and to better our customer service. May this year be filled not only with personal milestones and accomplishments, but also with memorable moments spent one on one with youth in need. We dedicate ourselves to finding inventive ways to provide needed services, explore new ways of looking at community trends, and seek out available resources. Along the way, we will continue to ask ourselves: How much did we do? How well did we do it? and Is anyone better off?