On June 7th, 2012, the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake (formerly, Indian Walk-In Center) hosted an Open House Event and formally kicked-off a Capital Campaign. More than 100 guests, comprised of community members, organizational partners, staff, Board and special guests were in attendance for a building blessing and rededication, cultural presentations, remarks by community leaders and facility tours. The Open House also provided an appropriate time to discuss the new name, Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake, which marks a movement to a broader community service model from one of crisis intervention and a discussion of the new mission. To, "Preserve the heritage, enhance the well-being and strengthen the future of, 'The People,'" expresses the agencies focus of remembering where we have come from, ensuring we are in good health today and preparing ourselves and those around us to continually move forward. Following this event, the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake will pursue a Capital Campaign for the purposes of continuing its plans to renovate its current facility into a state of the art medical, cultural, social and spiritual home that other organizations are likely to copy.
Special guests in attendance included outgoing Executive Director, Ella Dayzie; Interim Executive Director, M. Malia Vincent-Finney, Salt Lake City Mayor's office of Diversity & Human Rights and UICSL Board Member, Yolanda Francisco-Nez; and Utah office of Community and Culture Executive Director, Julie Fisher. The event was started with a prayer from Spiritual Leader, Mr. Bob Taylor (Ute) and emceed by UICSL Board Chair, Dr. Orrenzo Snyder.
If you would like additional information or want to stay informed the Centers progress you may visit, www.iwic.org, find the center of Facebook at The Indian Walk-In Center or call them directly at 801-486-4877.
Again, thank you for sharing the events of last evening with your constituents! We appreciate it.
Shawn M. Jimerson (Seneca)
Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake
120 W. 1300 S.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
801-486-4877, ext. 126