When the holidays arrived at the close of 2015, we at Cedar Storage counted our blessings and found ourselves, thankfully, in the plus column. We also had a few storage units that were unrented at the time. We put two and two together and thought it might be nice to share what we had with others with a promotion called “Room In Our Heart.” Surely, there must be someone in Iron County who could use some extra storage for the year. So we put the question out there, and heard from some very interesting folks. But when it came time to choose, the clear winner was Amy Bates. And when you read her entry, we’re certain you’ll agree.
To Whom It May Concern,
I am writing on behalf of Utah Foster Care and the Family Support Center regarding the storage space that you have available for non-profit agencies. Our agencies would love to be considered for this generous donation of a storage area for a year to accommodate our clothing closet.
Our clothing closet was started 5 years ago as collaboration between the two agencies to help the families we serve. The Family Support Center has been in existence in Cedar City since 1989. Since that time we have helped thousands of families in need. Our team of dedicated, knowledgeable and compassionate staff offers care for children under the age of eleven, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our essential support is offered at no cost to the participants.
Utah Foster Care is a nationally recognized non-profit organization that finds, trains, and supports Utah families who are willing and able to provide a nurturing home for children who have been neglected or abused. Currently there are approximately 35 foster families in Iron County and over 80 children from our community that need a home.
Our clothing closet is stocked by generous donations from the community. We have a small storage shed at the Family Support Center, which we plan to maintain, that allows for people to drop off items at any time. The closet was first kept in the local Department of Child and Family Services Offices but we outgrew the small space very quickly. We then moved to the Family Support Center for a year but due to spacing considerations there we had to move again. Iron County Board of Realtors has graciously let us use their basement for the last two years. However, it has been hard to access the clothing when emergencies arise as the owner is not always available. We have also lost some donations due to a broken water heater.
We have two staff that go into the closet weekly to organize and get requested clothes. We help approximately 7 families a week. While helping our clients is our top priority we have also gotten clothes for families from the Woman’s Crisis Center, the Paiute Tribe and others. We are the main distributors’ of the coats the Knights of Columbus collect. In addition we get regular donations from Wal-mart, various church groups and The Iron County Board of Realtors.
I have enclosed some letters of support that we have received from partner agencies. I have also sent the tax exception letter from both sponsoring agencies. If you need any more information in making this decision I would be happy to provide it for you. Thank-you for your time.
Utah Foster Care
Thanks to all who entered. Let’s do it again next year!
The Staff of Cedar Storage