CCPC AT A GLANCE:
WHO WE SERVE
CCPC serves as a humanitarian, community resource center that helps improve the lives of people and communities through meeting immediate and basic needs, serving as a leading networker of community resources, offering counseling and care support, and most of all by giving hope. We serve primarily residents and seasonal workers in Summit and Wasatch counties, however we have increasingly become a regional center that provides resources and support for a whole variety of needs. We respectfully serve everyone who comes to us, and we do not discriminate nor require any religious affiliation in order to receive the services of this center. We provide assistance to anyone in need regardless of race, creed, or gender.
We distribute over $1,000,000 worth of food each year through our food bank. We are open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.
PET FOOD BANK (petCare)
We offer free pet food for low income pet owners. We also work with local veterinarians to offer free spay and neutering along with reduced fee for other veterinarian services.
We provide emergency assistance for those in need as funds allow, on a case by case basis. In our pursuit to encourage greater self-sufficiency, we provide temporary assistance in the form of:
- Rental/Mortgage Assistance
- Free Clothes/Household Items
- Hygiene Kits
- Gasoline Vouchers
- Bus Tickets/Taxi Vouchers/Transportation Assistance
- Job Training and Placement
- Temporary Housing Assistance (in conjunction with other non-profits organizations)
JOB TRAINING AND NETWORKING
The Christian Center continues as a member of the Mountainlands Regional Council for the Department of Workforce Service. Locally we regularly post job listings and contact information for individuals willing to work. We also host local job fairs. We offer job leads to hundreds of seasonal workers here for the winter months. Working closely with Workforce Service, we even provide real-life work experience to qualified individuals who need increased work experience, in the hope of bolstering one’s resume and job experience. Several years ago we implemented the ‘Workplace Essential Skills’ training as part of our ‘HandyHands’ initiative. Having built strong ties with leaders and employers along the Wasatch Front Range, we seek to provide a multitude of job opportunities to help people towards greater self-sufficieny and job security. If you are in need of workers, or need leads for a temporary job, please contact the Center and speak with Lucy McIntire at email@example.com.
COUNSELING AND CARE MANAGEMENT
Pantry clients are hungry for much more than just food and their success in moving on to a better situation is dependent on their own “desire and efforts” along with help beyond themselves. Our case management team assessment provides insight to their road blocks and challenges. All of our clients are in some kind of crisis. We seek first to stabilize the situation and then work toward increased self-sufficiency. We have formed significant relationships with other established organizations so we can inform and assist our clients in obtaining these services without duplicating them. See below for additional information on some of these other services and/or see our listing of programs we routinely work with.
We host a monthly legal clinic, run by Utah Legal Services and staffed by local professional attorneys. This is a free service to all low income individuals and here you will receive general legal information and brief legal advice. You can also get help with forms, ask questions about the law, and get help in determining your legal rights. Most legal clinics handle civil law matters only.
The legal clinic is held the fourth Thursday of each month from 5 to 7 PM in the Community Hall on the second floor of the Christian Center.
OPERATION HOPE: OUR CHRISTMAS GIFT PROGRAM
Eleven years ago the Christian Center launched a small Christmas Gift program that has grown incredibly. In 2008 the Center gathered names of 250 qualifying families. That grew to 420 families in 2009 – totaling 1,200 children. Donations came in from eight participating churches, area businesses and real estate agencies, personal friends, and many generous families from across our community. In 2012, we sponsored around 600 families, and distributed to more than 1,400 children!
Our desire in giving these gifts is to be a tangible expression of God’s love to us in the giving of Christ to the world. This Christmas, give the gift of hope and help, as you inspire children and families in need!
BACK TO SCHOOL BASICS
Back to School Basics (B2SB) is a program dedicated to providing essential clothing and school items for deserving students in the Park City Utah School District, including school clothes, shoes, backpacks and other school supplies.
With the help of community volunteers, area business, churches and generous donations, each student selected to participate will receive an allowance with which to shop for his/her own school clothes. Volunteer chaperones will accompany each student as he/she shops. Additionally, we are also hoping for donations of backpacks and school supplies for each student.
If you are interested in participating in this exciting program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Center’s main number, 435-649-2260 ×15.
Apple Seedling – $25
(one pant, two shirts, socks)
Apple Blossom – $50
(two pants, three shirts, socks)
Red Apple – $100
(four pants, four shirts, socks, shoes)
Golden Delicious Apple – $125
(Full sponsorship of a child – five pants, five shirts, jacket, socks, shoes)
One Company One Child
NATIVE AMERICAN INITIATIVES
Thanks to a generous grant from Jane Shock and American Express, starting this school year, we will be providing healthy, kid-friendly food each week to the school children of the Goshute Tribe, in far Western Utah. Over the past ten years, the Christian Center has organized 15 trips down to the Navajo people living around the southeastern edge of Utah, in the “Four Corners” area. We are now excited to be partnering with the Goshute tribe of Western Utah, by delivering healthy, kid-friendly food to be distributed each week to their school children. We will be providing a backpack full of school supplies the first week of school, in addition to the bag of food. Each subsequent week, we will ensure that every school child has a backpack full of healthy food each week, throughout the school year.
Contact us if you are interested in helping with this exciting initiative! email@example.com.
TUESDAY NITE LIVE FOR INTERNATIONAL + SEASONAL WORKERS
We have completed eleven seasons of serving our international and seasonal workers through the Christian Center. The New Christian Center facility fully accommodated the needs of this great group of young people. The expanded Food Pantry fed them; the Thrift Shop afforded them free and low cost clothes and household supplies; and the Tuesday Nite Dinners have been a great success. This year we are READY for you again!
Here’s a quote from Andrea, a young woman who attended several dinners: “Christianity isn’t just about giving to the people who are poor in money. I can see that the Tuesday night dinners are more about creating feelings of family, love, friendship, and fellowship, which is exactly the essence of Christianity. It is a way of giving to the poor of heart. When I come to a Christian Center dinner, I look down the table and I see all my friends eating together and laughing together.
We ride together to get there; talk about the message…together. I started this season by moving here to Park City, barely knowing anyone. Now, I feel like I have friends and the Christian Center giving us a time and a place to be together is a wonderful thing. What better way to share the message of Jesus than with amazing free food and lots of ridiculous giveaways and games. So many of the people in my generation are afraid of the judgment of Christians. They feel afraid that they will be criticized and judged for their flaws and sins. Never ever have I seen anyone judged at the Christian Center. Everyone is welcome and accepted. I appreciate that so much because the true meaning of Christianity is being shared without the negatives.”
There is perhaps no better way to build great friendships with people from all over the world, than by sharing a meal with those from different countries! Join us this year!
Roommate Roundup starts on Wednesday nights in November each year. At the Roommate Roundup, we will help you find a place to stay, introduce you to landlords and introduce you to others also looking for a place to rent! Don’t miss it! Every Wednesday nite at 5 PM starting in November.
Tuesday Nite Dinners start each year on the first Tuesday of January. Every Tuesday night we host a special dinner with some entertainment for all seasonal workers. Here you will meet people from all over the world, including Brazil, Argentina, Poland, New Zealand, Australia and the US. Last year, we had over 20 countries represented! Some of the highlights from last year included hilarious games, sports competition, great prize giveaways, Mardi-Gras nite and of course our weekly karaoke!
THANK YOU Volunteers! We give a big “Thank You” to the many volunteers who joined together to make the service so personal. From the moment young people walked in the door to register, all the way through serving the food, picking up the used dishes, cleaning up the room, even driving students back to their condos-every part of the night was made possible by dedicated and caring men and women. We also had help from the Boy Scouts, the Park City Ambassadors, Park City Rotary (Sunrise), and from members of just about every church in town. We also greatly thank Windy Ridge Restaurant for their HUGE donation of food each week-bringing in pizzas and salads and desserts to feed over 100 people!
HIKE FOR HUNGER
EASTER BASKET OUTREACH
During 2007, there were approximately 500 refugees from Myanmar (formerly Burma), most of them from the Karen ethnic group living in refugee camps in Thailand, who arrived in Salt Lake City ready for a fresh start in a new country. Since then, even more Burmese Karen, Karenni and Chin have come to Salt Lake City. In 2011, a group of them relocated to Heber City. They were moved here from Salt Lake for new employment opportunities. Most of them have been in refugee camps for the last 10 years prior to coming to the United States, and they are in need of help. From clothes, to food and furniture, we are ready to help meet them at their point of need.
Contact us if you are interested in helping with this exciting program! firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since its inception, the Christian Center’s foundation has been prayer. Former Board member Millie Dienert’s ministry birthed the vision for the Center, and her meetings in Bald Eagle led to the Friday Prayer Group.
Now 12 years and thousands of prayers later, this fun, eclectic group continues its Friday gatherings. Always we put our prayer requests on “the board.” We uphold our community, area leaders, schools, pastors and all the churches in town, plus pray for the special needs of anyone requesting it. The Friday Prayer Group meets at 9:00 AM each Friday at the Center. All are welcomed. Join us Fridays!
SUNDANCE EXPERIENCE WITH WINDRIDER FORUM