"A gentle breeze blowing in the right direction is better than a pair of strong oars."- Canary Island Proverb
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW IS THE FOOD & CARE COALITION FUNDED?
The Food & Care Coalition is funded through a combination of contributions from private foundations, public donations, and government grants. Over 90% of funding comes from local community resources such as private foundations, cash and in-kind contributions from the public. Under 10% of funding comes from state and federal government resources such as the Homeless Trust Fund, Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Shelter Grant, FEMA, and the Emergency Shelter Grant.
WHAT IS THE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS OF THE FOOD & CARE COALITION?
Good question. It is one that should be asked more frequently. The Food & Care Coalition's administrative costs in 2008 were 9.9% - one of the lowest in the entire State of Utah. This year it was higher simply because of the construction cost of our new facility. The degree in which we utilize volunteers is one of the biggest reasons it remains so low.
DO MOST HOMELESS AND LOW-INCOME PERSONS CHOOSE TO BE SO?
To answer your question directly - NO! The largest majority of clients have learning disabilities and are either mentally ill or physically disabled. Even those who choose this way of life do so because they have relatively few alternative options, if any.
DOES THE FOOD & CARE COALITION SERVE AS A SHELTER FOR UTAH COUNTY?
Yes and no. There is not a congregate (warehouse) shelter in Utah County. However, the Food & Care Coalition provides shelter nights utilizing a voucher system through partnerships with various motels in the area. It isn't ideal, but it is the best we have at the present time. As with all our programs, we constantly are looking to improve upon what we have as we prioritize and have resources to do so.
WHAT IS THE FOOD & CARE COALITION'S ASPIRATIONS FOR THE FUTURE?
Our organization has always been forward thinking. Our mentor, community storehouse, and work training programs offer our best hope. They are practical, find the proper balance between compassion and accountability, and have the greatest potential to improve lives on a lasting basis. If we continue to enhance the facilities, financial resources, and community resolve at the pace we have experienced in the past few years, then the future looks very bright.