April 2017 Pantry and Shelter by the Numbers

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  • Received 45,317 into our warehouse
  • Distributed 37,183 lbs of food
  • Served 2,121 people in 125 households through our pantry
  • Welcomed 49 NEW clients
  • Shared 374 sack lunches
  • Utilized 663 hours of volunteer power
  • Supported 373 nights of Emergency Shelter, including 65 nights for children under 18
  • Served 1,181 nutritious meals to those in shelter

#Fight Hunger #EndHomelessness #CedarCity

Great weekend – SUU Athletics and Great Cloth Diaper Change

We had a wonderful weekend out and about with the community and on our home turf.

Great Cloth Diaper ChangeWe were invited to be a part of the 2017 Great Cloth Diaper Change (Real Diaper Association) an event that promotes and educates the use of cloth diapers. History:  Judy Aagard’s desire to celebrate Earth Day by hosting a family event for the Tiny Tots community quickly morphed into a dream to set a Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously.  Shortly thereafter, The Great Cloth Diaper ChangeSM 2011 was conceived and organized by a small group of cloth diaper enthusiasts that were eager to demonstrate that cloth diapers are a real option for today’s families. Attendees of the event here in Cedar City donated 96 pounds of food for our pantry and shelter. Thank you folks!

Students from SUU Athletics donate time to make us shine

On Saturday, we were visited by 31 students from SUU Athletics and witnessed them put elbow grease and lots of heart and soul into some important chores around our grounds. The students dusted, mopped, scrubbed, organized, mowed and pulled weeds.  We were tired just watching! The generous students donated 93 hours in total and gave ICCS some sparkle and shine to greet our clients. Thank you to this group of students for showing us exemplary service and kindness.

We appreciate every donation – hours, food, clothing, and kindness. ICCS is able to stay a strong resource in Iron County because our community cares and supports our mission of offering compassionate assistance to individuals and families in need.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Click Here and explore our current volunteer options.

Neil Simon Charity Preview Benefit

Neil Simon Ticket

Neil Simon logoThanks to our friends at the Neil Simon Festival, we have tickets available for the incredible Charity Preview Benefit. If you’re not familiar, this evening is packed with hilarity, talent, and a chance to get a preview of the season ahead. It’s a perfect date night at the Heritage Center Theater in Cedar City. This season includes Broadway Bound, The Dinner Party, Noises Off!, and Under Construction – the Blue Collar Musical.

THE BEST PART? 100% of your purchase supports our mission of fighting hunger and ending homelessness in your community.

Click here and buy your tickets online for the Charity Preview Benefit on June 30, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

 

“If you can go through life without experiencing pain you probably haven’t been born yet.”

ICCS Receives a Pay-It-Forward Donation from Past Client

In October of 2016, a young couple and their newborn baby found themselves struggling to cover all of their living expenses. Living modestly within their means, the family was tossed off course by an unforeseen work layoff. They were not sure how they would get past the challenges at hand.

As Mom surfed the Internet for jobs and ideas, she saw mention of Iron County Care and Share on Facebook. A community member mentioned their own struggles finding affordable housing, and the inability to make ends meet due to a temporary crisis. Their post was met with a friendly mention of Care and Share and the key words rental assistance.

The next morning the family contacted a case manager at Care and Share and inquired about “help.” Case Manager Lee Larson warmly invited the family in to meet with her and explore assistance options.

During the months of October, November and December the family received assistance with their rent and food from the pantry. A job came through for the father and the family was on their way to self-sustainability.

During one or two case meetings, the couple shared the promise of money from a family trust fund and the intention to pay the assistance back. Lee smiled and appreciated the mention of paying it forward.

The trust fund became available, the family received their funds and on Monday, February 13, called Lee and asked if they should bring in cash or a check. Lee again smiled and said a check would be fine.

Later the same afternoon, the kind young Mom appeared in Lee’s office and proudly handed her a check for a generous amount.

Lee’s smile was accompanied by tears and a new cycle of hope began again. The generous donation will be spent to assist in repairing the transitional apartments Care and Share owns. The apartments make it possible to keep up to eight individuals from homelessness and supports their independent living.

“This is a unique event for our organization,” says ICCS Executive Director, Peggy Green. “Many clients have it in their hearts to present repayment, but we don’t ask for anything in return. It is most important to us that they focus on their self-sufficiency and adapting to life events that may threaten to take them off course.”

Iron County Care and Share is an emergency shelter, food pantry and provider of numerous supportive services that include daily meals, shower and laundry facilities, assistance with medical needs, rent and utilities. The mission of Iron County Care and Share is to provide compassionate assistance and resources to individuals and families in need, creating opportunities for increased stability and self-sufficiency. If you need assistance, please contact a case manager at (435) 586-5142.

The organization receives federal grants, but in order to assist the broad needs of the community, the private donations from community members provide the means to serve without restrictions.

Donations are welcomed and accepted via the organizations website at www.careandshare-ut.org or P.O. Box 2241, Cedar City, UT, 84721.

10 in 60: Shannon Smith, Shelter Case Manager

Shannon Smith

The employees and volunteers of Iron County Care and Share are vital to our success and make it possible to serve our community. We like to brag about our great team members and offer you a unique way to learn a bit about each: 10 in 60. We asked each team member to answer 10 fun questions in 60 seconds and we will share each with you.

Shannon Smith, Shelter Case Manager

What three words describe you? 

Direct, Caring, Responsible

What is one thing you couldn’t live without?

Diet Dr. Pepper

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Substance Abuse

Where is your favorite place to be?

Beach/Ocean

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

Copy Store

If you could do a job for just one day, what would it be?

President

How do you define success?

Not giving up

What would you tell yourself at age 12?

Get better grades

What is your favorite thing to do?

Read

Share something about you that would surprise others?

I’m a huge Harry Potter geek