Christmas along the Wasatch Back is always a special time and this year was no exception. We are extremely grateful for and humbled by the generosity of our community, which made Operation Hope a huge success. Support for this year’s Operation Hope came from hundreds of donors and volunteers across Summit and Wasatch Counties. With your help, CCPC was able to help 710 families and their 1,780 children have a special Christmas.
2021 saw a 12% increase in the total number of counseling sessions, including 33% in male clients, 32% more Hispanic clients, and 31% more children. Our Counseling and Wellness team has been taking action to increase the number of available counselors, especially in the area of bilingual counselors to help us meet the increased need for Spanish-speaking counseling.
Back 2 School Basics
The start of a new school year can be a very exciting event for young students but extremely stressful for parents. Money is tight for many in our community and with your assistance Back 2 School Basics served 1,400 kids with roughly 3,530 tops and hoodies, 2,400 pairs of pants and shorts, 610 pairs of shoes, and tons of backpacks and school supplies. This huge effort was made possible with the help of roughly 180 volunteers who worked 415 hours to serve young students in Summit and Wasatch Counties!
Food insecurity continues to be a great concern for residents of the Wasatch Back. In 2021 our free food pantries in Heber and Park City served 12,900 households with food assistance.
Our grocery rescue program continues to be a great way to recover fresh foods from local grocery stores and get the food in the hands of our pantry users in less than 24 hours. This past year we were able to recover 793,000 pounds of fresh food.
Our stores had no trouble smashing their sales goals this year. Our Park City Thrift store had a 32% increase in sales, with 45% of these sales representing recreation items (think skis, bikes, camping equipment). Our Park City Boutique had a 38% increase in sales, and our Heber Thrift store had an impressive 76% increase in sales! The purpose of our stores is to help fund our outreach programs. This year the stores were able to support 40% of the operating costs of our programs. We are grateful for the high quality, abundant donations, and volunteer hours that made growth in our programs possible!
Basic Needs Assistance
We received 1,500 applications for Basic Needs Assistance in 2021. Our team reviews each application, meets with each new applicant, and makes informed decisions on the best ways to provide help where it is needed most. $430,000 in financial assistance was distributed through our Basic Needs Assistance program, helping cover rent, utilities, medical bills, and other pressing needs. Our team was able to help provide stable housing situations for twelve homeless clients. They assisted clients in navigating community resources to obtain employment, secure housing, and provided furniture, clothing, and living necessities for single moms and dads, individuals at-risk of homelessness, and families.
Volunteers make it happen. Truly, our events, daily operations, and special programs would not be successful without the help of many dedicated volunteers. In 2021, 885 volunteers gave 13,000 hours to our pantries, stores, and events. Way to go!