OUR PROGRAMS

Refugee Services of Survival since 2006

Language interpretation and translation and guidance through the system since 2006
  • Four linguistically and culturally competent Social Service Providers from the Iraqi and Somali refugee communities in Salt Lake County respond on-call to perform regular or emergency assignments for which they receive a flat $25 or $50 stipend per assignment.
  • Funding is in the form of grants from Eccles Foundation $10,000 Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office $5,000, LDS Church $5,000; occasionally other sources such as American Express $5,000. 
  • Results: Measurable 2016 calendar year outcomes with a budget of $12,750 three Somali and two Iraqi Social Service Facilitators served 117 non-duplicated clients and performed 520 assignments in eleven areas of service assisting in tasks related to Immigration, Education, Employment, Financial Services, Government Services, Housing, Legal, and Medical Services.  

Survival English and Acculturation since 2015

English and Acculturation Class since 2015
  • The class consists of two semesters over a calendar year. Each semester consists of 15 one and half hour class sessions on Saturdays from 3 to 5 pm taught by a lead instructor assisted by two teaching assistants. The class has been custom designed based on experience with refugees by a trained linguist familiar with English as a Second Language. 
  • Funding from Eccles Foundation $2,000, LDS Church $2,000, and occasionally other sources. Each semester over six months has a budget of $2,000.
  • Results: of the fifteen adult students who enroll, 25% are male and 75% are female; 15% are drop out unable to complete the course due to life circumstances; 30% graduate meeting graduation criteria; 25% need at least one more semester of training to graduate; 30% need more than one additional semester to graduate.

A Celebration of Cultural Diversity since 2003

  • Staged since 2003 with leading performing groups participating. The currently the festival takes places on the Labor Day Saturday in partnership with Salt Lake City Downtown Farmers Market and is free to the public.
  • Funded by Salt Lake County Zoo Arts & Parks $2,000, Salt Lake City Arts Council $1,000 and Salt Lake City Arts, Culture, and Events $1,000, and Utah Division of Arts & Museums $1,000.
  • Results – 2017 is the fifteenth year within with annce of over 1,000 and has received recognition received from both Salt Lake County and City Mayors office.
  • Salaam Festival