What's a solution to not enough housing? Housing. Thank you to all who came out to learn more about housing trust funds in general, Salt Lake City's housing trust fund, and to discuss strategic action to transform that fund into an opportunity to house people. We very much appreciate Michael Anderson for enlightening us on these funds and giving us hope in the successes implemented in other cities; to our own housing guru, Tim Funk; and to Council Member Derek Kitchen for attending! Next action step: City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 4. Workgroup from 2pm-6pm, official council meeting begins at 7pm. Join us again!
Thank you to all who participated in our Wine & Cheese Benefit Party last Sunday at The Bayou. We greatly appreciate The Bayou for providing the space, all of our silent auction donors and the dedicated volunteers who made it happen! Thank you also to the J.T. Draper Band and Controlled Burn for keeping the energy up with your amazing sounds!
Thanks to our amazing community, we had the highest turn out EVER with 120 people in attendance! With ticket sales, silent auctions and commemorative wine glasses, the event netted an amazing $6,842! All of these proceeds go directly to supporting our neighbors in need. Check out the full photo album at our Facebook page.
Which classic game was released the same year as Crossroads was founded (1966)??
Correct Answer: C
Invented by Reyn Guyer, Milton Bradley first released Twister in 1966. Controversial for its use of players' bodies as game pieces, Twister did not become popular with American audiences until Eva Gabor and Johnny Carson played it in May 1966. Purchases of the game skyrocketed after its debut on Carson's The Tonight Show.
Remember that beautifully inspiring tune, “We are the World”? On March 7, 1985, increased awareness of international tragedy came to the fore with a song compiled by top singers of different genres and backgrounds. Regardless of disagreements on proper long-term and short-term use of the funds from this wildly successful song, “We Are the World” reminded people of global poverty and our collective responsibility to alleviate it. In the same vein, in 1986 Crossroads published a report: “We are the World Too” that explored the reality of poverty in Salt Lake City. The report is composed of a series of interviews, sets of background data, data analysis and recommendations for actions to end hunger in Salt Lake City. Check out the acknowledgement page for the amazing Crossroads staff/volunteers who were integral to making this report possible.
FACT: At the time of this report’s publication (April 1986) Utah’s minimum wage was under $4. Sound shocking? In 2016 dollars, that would be $8.71. Utah’s current minimum wage is $7.25. Despite 20 years passing, poverty is still as biting of a reality for Utahns today as in 1986.
Read the whole report here for other information on Utah poverty then and now.