Thursday, November 19, 2009

Letter to YOU--the Donators

September 29, 2009

Dear Kristin Hodson and Supporters:

Thank you for your interest in serving the youth at the Salt Lake County Divi-
sion of Youth Services. For more than 30 years we have been aiding youth
and their families in the greater Salt Lake area. We have grown from our
humble beginnings of a few counseling offices and a small home for emer-
gency shelter to now serving nearly 10,000 youth and their families each
year. Though we have grown, our overall goal is still the same, to make a
positive difference in the lives of children, youth and families.
As the holiday season approaches and the spirit of giving is in the air, we
value the generosity of community members like you in order to provide
those in need with a special gift. Holiday donations are especially appreci-
ated for the youth staying in our teenage group homes between the ages of
11 and 18. Many of the youth are in state custody because of abuse and
neglect and are waiting for a more permanent placement, either in foster
care or with family members. Many of these youth have been in and out of
foster homes for many years and Youth Services becomes a safety net in
between those placements. Special gifts ease the homesick and heartache
the youth feel being away from their families during a time when most are
with their loved ones. We appreciate any and all contributions because it
helps the youth feel valued and remembered.

All donations are tax-deductible and are received through our non-profit
arm, ShelterKids Inc. More information is available on the web site at

We also invite you to get involved through our one-time and ongoing volun-
teer opportunities. Your time is a gift that keeps on giving and not only will it
give you an opportunity to meet the youth but also to make a lifelong impact
as a mentor to a youth in need.

You can also stay connected to our current needs and activities on our
Facebook Page and our Twitter Account. Find the links on our web site at

Thank you again for your time and generosity. Feel free to contact me with
any questions or interests.

Warmest Regards,
Tammy Champo
Youth Services Volunteer and Donation Coordinator
801.269.7506 I

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