Goshute Tribe Initiative
We are so thankful to American Express and Ally Bank for their longstanding and generous support of this initiative. Because of their support, we have been able to continue expanding our programs and services to the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, a community that actually spreads into both Utah and Nevada, just south of Wendover.
For the last 8 years, we have developed a special partnership and friendship with the Goshute Tribe. This year, based on the request from the Goshute’s Tribal Council, we continued providing the majority of the services we have been providing for the last several years and additionally, we have been able to expand and add new services as well.
From the creation of a community garden that would produce nutritious, fresh, sustainable food, to providing educational classes on gardening in the high desert, composting, and healthy eating, as well as organizing health clinics covering vision screenings, prescription glasses, medical evaluations, and diabetes consultations, it has been a wonderful partnership.
In addition to providing a monthly food pantry, we have started cooking demonstrations, offered financial literacy training and have taken the Goshute kids skiing in Park City. We also assist them and other low-income residents living in Wendover with how to sign up for healthcare benefits, food assistance and child support, among other needs.
In the last few years, we have been able to provide:
- The creation of a community garden from scratch, providing the infrastructure, a solar-powered LC2000 pump station, 10,000 feet of drip tape, tubing cutters, sprinkler heads, communal compost bins, garden supplies and tools, and a large assortment of seeds each year.
- The provision of educational classes on gardening in the high desert, composting and healthy eating.
- The organization of health clinics covering vision screenings, prescription glasses, medical evaluations, prescription consultations and diabetes consultations.
- The facilitation of yearly ski trips to Park City Mountain Resort for the children and families of the Tribe, and helping to cover the costs of these activities including food, clothing, tickets and housing.
- The distribution of healthy snacks to children of the Tribe each week throughout the school year including summer.
- The provision of a monthly mobile food pantry offering healthy, fresh foods including lean meat (chicken), fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, bread and rice.
- The purchase of computers for the students of Ibapah elementary school.
- A partnership with the Wendover Resource Center (a community nonprofit comprising a food bank, thrift store and senior center) to provide hygiene items and food.
- The provision of financing to support a daily lunch program for Tribal Elders who might otherwise not have access to nutritious, hot meals.
- The provision of Christmas presents and Easter baskets for each child.