Utah Community Action’s mission is to empower individuals, strengthen families, and build communities through self-reliance and education programs.
OUR AGENCY VALUES
- APPRECIATION – We recognize and enjoy the positive contributions of others.
- COMPASSION – We demonstrate genuine concern for the well-being of all.
- INTEGRITY – We exemplify the highest standards of honesty and accountability.
- RESPECT – We have admiration for each individual’s unique strengths and perspectives
- TRUST – We have confidence that the agency and staff will consistently act with the best of intentions.
Adult Education offers a variety of low or no-cost services for improving clients’ educational and job readiness skills with individualized support based on client needs and interests. These in-house, community, and higher education partnership programs provide opportunities for clients to acquire and increase skills necessary for advancing in education and employment, key barriers to adults living in poverty. By removing or reducing these barriers through the Adult Education program, students are able to make essential gains on their path to financial stability and self-reliance.
CASE MANAGEMENT & HOUSING
Case Management & Housing assists those experiencing a temporary financial crisis with rental and deposit assistance, landlord-tenant mediation, homeless services and holistic case management. Through this program, as well as connections to other UCA programs and community resources, clients are able to get the support they need to stabilize long-term and achieve self-reliance.
With the completion and opening of the new Homeless Resource Centers, UCA also expanded our homeless services to include intakes and diversions at each center along with the operation of the homeless resource phone line.
HEAD START PRESCHOOL
Head Start is Utah Community Action’s largest program and has been recognized at the state level as the Best Public Preschool in Utah and the national level as an exemplary program. The programs prepares children 0-5 for kindergarten and future school success through educational activities, medical and dental referral services, nutritious meals and self-reliance services for the entire family. In addition to high-quality early education, Head Start also prioritizes family engagement and promotes equity, inclusiveness, and cultural and linguistic responsiveness to build meaningful relationships.
HEAT UTILITY ASSISTANCE
This program is the largest provider of the HEAT program in the state, accounting for 40% of Utah’s total applications, and is often the first Utah Community Action program many clients access. HEAT services help subsidize and manage the utility costs of income-eligible households. Both seasonal and crisis assistance for power and gas bills is available year-round. Clients also receive budget counseling and education on energy use to achieve financial stability and self-reliance.
The Nutrition Program was founded on the belief that access to healthy food provides the foundation for future success. From healthy meals for preschoolers and seniors to emergency food supplies to culinary training, our focus is on health, education, and self-reliance. This program includes our Central Kitchen, two Food & Resource Centers and the Sauté Culinary Training program.
Helps income-eligible individuals and families reduce energy costs and increase comfort and safety in their homes year-round through cost-effective energy improvements as well as energy education. Common improvements include replacing incandescent lighting; repairing windows, doors, and furnaces; wall, floor, ceiling, and duct insulation; and carbon monoxide testing.
Jennifer Godfrey– Chief Executive Officer
Gabriella Cubas-Ismaeil- Assistant Head Start Director, (801) 410-5718
Ian Spangenberg– Chief Auxiliary Officer, (801) 214-3171
Patrice Dickson– Chief Operations Officer, Social Services, (801) 214-3138
Stacy Weight– Chief Administrative Officer, (801) 410-5706
Matt Ulmer– Chief Technology Officer, (801) 410-5710
Joel Dunn– Human Resource Director, (801) 214-3153
Sahil Oberoi– Case Management & Housing Manager, (801) 214-3188
Jackie Drury– HEAT Manager, (801) 214-3175
Aurora Howell– Head Start Education Manager, (801) 410-5719
Katherine Peterson– Head Start Health & Mental Health Manager, (801) 410-5724
Taylor Skipwith– ERSEA and Family Partnership Manager, (801) 410-5659
Board of Trustees
Karen Crompton– Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelli Meranda– Board Member
Holly Vantassell Smith– Board Member
Janis Dubno– Board Member
John Delaney– Board Member
Rebekah Couper-Noles– Board Member
Jake Hawkins– Treasurer
Stephanie White– Second Vice Chair
Julie Buchholz– Board Member
Yolanda Valencia-Price– Board Member
Casey Jones– Board Member
Alesia Soto– Head Start Policy Council, Chair Elect
Dorthy Longshaw– Board Member
Bobby Sharp– Board MemberKandice Randal- Board Member
Michelle Stebner– Head Start Policy Council, Chair Elect
Stephanie Russell– Secretary
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