Neighborhood House has hosted three individuals each year for the past three years through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. VISTA, or Volunteers in Service to America, was founded in 1965 as a national service program specifically focused on fighting poverty in America; it later joined the network of other AmeriCorps programs. Our VISTAs work for one year in administrative capacities as our Volunteer Coordinator, Development Assistant, and Outreach Coordinator. They work to increase the capacity and sustainability of our organization and engage and empower our community to ensure that we are able to continue providing quality, affordable services.
We are a satellite station for the Headstart program. We provide space for a classroom where 18 children participate in activities which prepares them with essential skills for kindergarten.
We participate in two programs; a “Foster Grandparent Program” and a “Senior Companion Program”, where seniors volunteer 5 days a week in both the children’s and the adult’s programs. They assist with the coordination and implementation of activities, serving meals and provide nurturing and companionship to adults and children.
New to Neighborhood House in January 2012, has been the addition of University of Utah College of Nursing students, who spend two days a week for three weeks, while in their clinical gerontology rotation. They are learning how to care for older adults especially those with various dementias. There have been different groups of students rotating through the semester where they have been getting to know the clients at Neighborhood House, developing wonderful relationships, getting involved in activities and assisting in providing a higher quality of life for these individuals.
Utahns Against Hunger provides the political and public will to end hunger in Utah. Real Food Rising, its newest program, is a community farming program with a youth development core that uses sustainable agriculture to transform the lives of young people and to increase access to healthy food in Salt Lake. In 2012, Real Food Rising is growing food at Neighborhood House and Wasatch Community Gardens’ Fairpark Site. The majority of the food will be donated to food pantries and soup kitchens in Salt Lake.
A therapist observes at least once a week, on-site, children in the classroom who may exhibit emotionally or psychologically abnormal behaviors. Assessments are performed, and necessary referrals are made accordingly. In addition, the Children’s Center provides training for staff on Childhood Development Accreditation.
True to their mission our partnership with the Thayne Center at Salt Lake Community College is based on capacity building and facilitating service learning opportunities with faculty.
ARTbytes Community sessions are scheduled in 6 – 8 week blocks that build upon one another sequentially throughout the school year. Each session will examine an artist, medium, technique, or concept related to contemporary art, while aiming to address a congruent social skill, such as collaboration.
As a United Way agency we participate in three of their collaborations: Success by Six, Healthy for Life, and Communities at Peace. These three collaborations assist meeting our program goals by providing each other with information, referrals and support.
A partnership with Neighborhood House and Utah State University Extension office. Once a month parents are given cooking classes, and recipes with the purpose of eating healthy on a budget.
Provides full time tutors to assist children who are academically behind in reading to help prepare them for the new school year.
Both groups provide information, research and referrals to our families with Alzheimer’s and related disabilities.