Salt Lake City

City Launches New Refugee Mentorship Program

City Launches New Refugee Mentorship Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 10, 2015

Contact: Art Raymond
801-547-2659

Mayor Ralph Becker’s Office is excited to announce the launch of an innovative new Refugee Family Mentorship program, aimed at pairing volunteers with refugee families living in Salt Lake City. 

Volunteers will help mentor and guide refugee families in areas including education, health care and finance, assist families in accessing local services and resources and aid in forming new community connections. Salt Lake City is working with the Utah Refugee Services Office (RSO) to identify refugee families who would like to participate in the program.

The Refugee Family Mentorship program is a wonderful opportunity for residents to connect with and support the refugee families living in the community. Currently, there are approximately 45,000 refugees living in the Salt Lake Valley who have come to Utah from all over the world. Every year, the state resettles approximately 1,000-1,200 new refugees, the majority of whom live in the Valley and access services located in Salt Lake City. Refugees and their families are incredible community assets who bring diversity, entrepreneurial skills and vibrant cultures to the City and its residents. 

The program requires a short training session for interested volunteers. The first training opportunity is scheduled for March 19 at 6 p.m. at the Glendale Library, 1375 Concord Street. Both individuals and families are encouraged to volunteer in the program. 

For more information on the City’s Refugee Family Mentorship Program, please contact Refugee Community Liaison Chelsea Eddy at chelsea.eddy@slcgov.com or Service in the City Coordinator Amanda Anderson at amanda.anderson@slcgov.com

Residents planning on attending the training are asked to please RSVP to Amanda Anderson, Amanda.anderson@slcgov.com.