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by Rachel Fishbein, Food Pantry Director

Nancy Smith has been donating to Crossroads Urban Center for over 20 years. Now in her 80ties and a widow, she still goes strong and is very active. A savy shopper she always watches out for case lot sales and makessure she can get the most for her money.

She grew up in Ohio; they didn’t have a lot, but she was taught if you have only a little you still share a little.You ALWAYS do charity.  I love seeing her almost every week, always upbeat and in a good mood.

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I was surfing around and came across from this quote “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” ― Barack Obama

Recently a long time volunteer and donor of Crossroads passed away.  His name was Vance Kirk. Vance was a WW II vet and quite a card!  Vance and I liked to lightly insult one another and joke around a lot.  It started on the very first day he and a group of volunteers from Centenary United Methodist Church came to the thrift store to help sort donations.  I had given them the initial spiel about what we do, why we do it, and why what they do here is important!  But I also know sorting donations can be like being told to “clean your bedroom”…kind of boring and mundane!   I then went back to the front counter VanceKirkand they started sorting.  About a hour passed and it had been really quiet but suddenly there was much laughter.  Then it would go quiet again then another huge burst of laughter.   This went on for quite some time.  Every time the laughter would erupt I would look down the hall in the mirror to see what was going on! However I couldn’t see anything!    Finally I got up and started down the hall to the back as Vance held up a red negligee and started dancing around.  He looked up and saw me and turned the color of the dress!  From that day forward Vance lived up to the above quote with a twist of his own to it.  “The best way to not feel hopeless and mundane about the task facing you is to add some elbow grease and a sense of humor and get to it!  Don’t wait for others to step up and do something…Get busy and laugh about it while working.  When you do the world not only finds hope, but also light and laughter!”  

Vance your light and laughter is going to leave a deep hole at the thrift store but your legacy with live on in those who face the “pile” with hope and laughter!  

Thank you to all of our donors and volunteers!

KC Owens
Crossroads Urban Center Thrift Store

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On every Tuesday and Thursday during the month of February, the Coalition of Religious Communities will be organizing Faith Days at the Capitol for different faith communities.  

Faith Days 2015 Calendar


347 South 400 East
Salt Lake City, UT  84111
Monday – Friday 
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
1385 West Indiana Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT  84104
Tuesday – Friday :  10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

ANTI-HUNGER ACTION COMMITTEE AHAC organizes food pantry clients and volunteers to make life better for low income people in Utah.
Coalition of Religious Communities
COALITION OF RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES: CORC brings together people from 16 different faith communities to address issues that impact low income Utahns.