Salt Lake Marching and Chowder Club

Salt Lake Marching and Chowder Club                                                            Minutes 6/8/2016

Minutes recorded and prepared by Lauren Smith


John Shannon, SLCMCC President

Lauren Smith, SLCMCC Secretary

Gloria Red Bear, Community Voice editor

Lydell Dennison, road home resident

Richard Sander, road home resident

Kristina Eckley, road home resident

Omar R. Namdar, road home resident

Timothy Woods, road home resident

Jesse Brooks, road home resident

Fred Lorenz, road home resident

Peggy Hostetter, SLCMCC Member

Carlos B. Mateo, road home resident

Andy Cier, local business owner

Martin Garza, road home resident

Ben O’neal, Rio Grande camper & client of Weigand Center

Debra Atkinson, road home resident

Last week’s minutes read by Lauren Smith

Minutes accepted as read

Treasurer’s report - $17.00.

New agenda items:

Lauren Smith will be out of town from June 11th – June 18th

The Rio Grande Homeless Coalition (RGHC) has been formed. Gloria Red Bear is President, Carlos Mateo is Vice President, Kristina Eckley (“Cricket”) is Secretary and Debbie Atkinson is Treasurer. They will meet every Tuesday at 2:00 at the Weigand Center.



Action items:

Gloria to recruit as many volunteer members as possible to become members of The RGHC. The goal is for everybody to bring 1 friend to their next meeting.
Gloria to organize RGHC attendees for the functions on the press release (listed below).
Kristina to read RGHC meeting minutes at Marching and Chowder meetings.
Gloria to define “guardians” at next meeting.
Lauren to find out about toastmaster training for Lauren, Kristina and Jennifer (Kristina’s assistant, not sure of last name) to attend
Carlos and Andy to discuss the possibility of podcasts to post online to go with stories in the “Rio Grande Community Voice” for people who have trouble with written communication.

This is copied text from the press release that came from Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s office on June 7th, 2016. Contact: Matthew Rojas:, (385-228-2365):

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Salt Lake City seeks public input on new resource centers for those experiencing homelessness.

The Salt Lake City Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission (HSSEC) will host four community workshops between June 13th and June 20th, to provide the public an opportunity to hear about the site selection process, learn about the population, and provide feedback on how new homeless services can be incorporated into local communities.

During the workshops, members of the community will be asked to prioritize fifteen criteria for resource centers established last fall by the HSSEC. The prioritized criteria, including elements such as “close to public transportation”, “utilize technology”, and “include space for intake and case workers”, will help guide the HSSEC as they work to establish locations for two new resource centers in Salt Lake City. Local officials will also be on hand to answer any questions and take feedback from the public.

On March 25, 2016, Governor Gary Herbert signed into law HB436, providing $9.25 million in state funding during Fiscal Year 2016. HB 436 represents the first appropriation of the state’s commitment to fund the $27 million request over a three-year period. This initial state funding must be used to support homeless programs and services, as well as to begin initial plans for resource center sites in Salt Lake City.

On April, 18, 2016, Mayor Jackie Biskupski reconvened the Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission, led by Gail Miller and Palmer DePaulis, to take the next steps of advising and recommending locations for resource center. The HSSEC has set a timeline for progress reflecting a number of factors, including the upcoming 2017 legislative session, and will present potential sites by Fall 2016.


Workshop Information:

Workshop #1

June 13, 2016, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Sorenson Unity Center

1383 South 900 West



Workshop #2

June 15, 2016, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

209 East 500 South


Workshop #3

June 16, 2016, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Dilworth Elementary

1953 South 2100 East


Workshop #4

June 20, 2016, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Marmalade Library

280 West 500 North


Note: Salt Lake City will also host a feedback session targeted at those currently experiencing homelessness. The session will take place at St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen during lunch on June 13th.


For more information on the workshops and process visit: