Utah Phillips was an ardent advocate for labor and peace issues as well as for the rights of homeless people. Utah, who was once homeless himself, felt a responsibility to help those in need.
Utah’s Place has space for fifty-four guests to sit in comfort, for families to have their own private space, and for powerful new programs to develop and flourish. Specifically, our shelter features:
- A Pathways to Housing room dedicated to services helping people to find homes, including caseworkers helping with individualized housing plans, one-time financial assistance (for rental costs and utilities), and connection to housing opportunities (open to all homeless people in the county).
- The Pathways to Housing room is equipped with computers for life skills classes, including career planning, work habits, communication, money management, self-care, and homelessness recovery.
- Ample space for job-readiness workshops/skills offered by local service agencies and community members (resumes, interview skills, etc.).
- A room where housing case managers meet with individuals and their families.
- A commercial kitchen and food preparation job-training program for guests.
- Space for onsite recovery support meetings.
- A private room for families with children.
- Bunk Beds.
- Multiple showers, laundry room.
- A medical office and designated space for mobile medical clinic.
- Space for community members to offer art, music, and other participatory/instructional opportunities.
- A bus stop almost outside our door.
- A 975-square-foot vegetable garden.