Welcome Homeless Neighbors
For years, the Inn Between has occupied a small space on the city's west side. Now, the facility that houses homeless clients at death's door has purchased a former nursing home in an east side neighborhood. It has more room, more possibilities, and, of course, more pushback in a neighborhood fearful of the homeless. So, the Inn Between is opening its doors in hopes of opening minds with a Third Anniversary Block Party to celebrate its three years of helping the homeless die with dignity. Food, music, games and a waterslide all are meant to bring the neighborhood closer to an understanding of the Inn Between's mission. Anyone can join and all are welcome to learn about volunteer opportunities. The Inn Between, 1216 E. 1300 South, 801-410-8314, Friday, Aug. 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m., free, bit.ly/2KF00Rq.
Burritos For Homeless
You might know that Frida Bistro has changed its fare, but did you know it's changed its purpose? Owner Jorge Fierro decided to reconnect with his Rico roots, making the restaurant a little less high-end and more down to earth. Now called Rico Cocina y Tequila Bar, it's making its mark in the community it serves. Now, once a month on Tuesdays, Feed the Homeless: The Burrito Project opens its side door to anyone interested in rolling burritos to distribute to the homeless. If more restaurants and customers would make small efforts like this, Utah's homeless situation would be much less critical. Rico Cocina, 545 W. 700 South, 801-983-6692, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 5:30-7 p.m., free, bit.ly/2nrJTxj.
Hydrating The Homeless
If you're homeless, there's often no way to escape Utah's unforgiving heat. Through Operation Hydration, the Rescue Mission is encouraging homeless clients to stay in its chapel, where it is cooler than outside, and where bottles of cold water, hats, sunscreen and other basic needs are available. "Most do not have access to clean cold water," the Rescue Mission's Facebook page says. "Without relief, many of our homeless friends will suffer from sunburns, dehydration, heat exhaustion and even heat stroke." Utah's weather is relentless in summer and winter, and until Salt Lake County devises a realistic plan, the Rescue Mission is often the only refuge for those left without means. You can help by donating financially or items that will make the mission a success. Rescue Mission of Salt Lake, 463 S. 400 West, 801-355-1302, ongoing beginning at 1 p.m., free/donations accepted, bit.ly/2M5gsjr.