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March 16, 2018 Salt Lake City—The chill new coffee stop in Salt Lake City is staffed with homeless youths, who couldn’t be happier to find themselves on an upward track after some tough times.
Maud’s Cafe in the city’s Granary District – the former warehouse and industrial area that’s undergoing a makeover – gives young adults a chance to get job training and experience through the internship program with an hourly wage.
"All I can say is I’m grateful. The people here are amazing," said Jennifer Salceda. "And they believe in me. It changes everything – you start to believe in yourself."
Volunteers of America-Utah (VOA) launched the cafe in January next to the nonprofit’s Homeless Youth Resource Center.
"It’s real cool, and I like doing it – it’s laid back here and nice," Ms. Salceda said. "My favorite drink to make is a latte because you can do art on top with the foam."
For Salceda, who lives at the resource center, the VOA is a godsend. She got kicked out of her Kearns, Utah, home in December and was living in a nearby park with her boyfriend.
"There was that feeling that we were helpless and couldn’t get out of it," she recalled. "There were times we were angry and depressed and crying, missing our families."
Maud’s is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beyond coffee, the offerings include bagels, croissants, and a host of other baked goods, along with burritos, salads, sandwiches, and soup.
The baristas are paid $8 per hour through the program, which is tailored to each individual, manager Kiara Polee said.
"We see where they are along their personal journey and help them with social and personal skills, as well as job training," Ms. Polee said. "The idea is to make them really great employees."
Another Maud’s intern, Hope Jones, graduated with honors from Highland High School. She had been in foster care for three years while her mother was in prison. About the time Ms. Jones finished high school, she was reunited with her mother. But times were tough because, as a felon, her mother couldn’t find work.
Jones set off for Los Angeles. But the sojourn proved to be difficult. Eventually, she made her way back to Salt Lake City.
"There were days when I was starving and had nowhere to sleep. I came back from L.A. in December and was really struggling," she said. "This place really saved me. It helped me stay off drugs and got me back to a productive life."
Maud’s and the VOA resource center provide a community for young people who all have dealt with tough challenges.
"It’s nice to be here because people can relate," Jones said. "They can confide in me and I can confide in them, and they don’t judge me. Pain is pain."
Jones has worked a variety of jobs, including cleaning restrooms at Salt Lake City International Airport. Like Salceda, she enrolled in a certified nursing assistant program and only needs to pass the state certification before she can begin work. She’s already had several interviews.
The future, Jones said, looks bright. It will take a lot of work, but she can imagine her life one year from now when she hopes to have her own apartment and a car.
The cafe was the brainchild of Jessica Norie, president of Artspace, which has its Greenery and Solar Gardens projects nearby and owns the building that houses Maud’s.
"Jessica came to VOA and said, ‘We want a coffee shop for our tenants,’ " said Cathleen Sparrow, VOA’s chief development officer. "It was an offer we couldn’t refuse."
The cafe training program is 12 weeks long. The interns’ hours are built around their studies and other programming, Ms. Sparrow said. VOA hopes 24 interns will complete the program each year.
William Heinig, another intern, wants to be a truck driver. He had been homeless since June 2016, when he arrived in Utah. Originally from the Syracuse, N.Y., area, Mr. Heinig found his way west after being kicked out of the house.
"I was in the legal system," he said. "My mom was sick and tired of me being in the system, so I had to fend for myself."
As a practicing Mormon, Heinig wanted to come to Salt Lake City. The church paid his airfare here, but he soon found himself at The Road Home shelter. After a month or so, he was directed to VOA’s Homeless Youth Resource Center.
"It’s a good thing there are people out there who care," he said of VOA and its partners. "Now I’m doing what I need to get back on my feet."
After living at the resource center, Heinig was able to get into the nonprofit’s transitional housing for men. He now is looking forward to completing a commercial driving program through Salt Lake Community College.
"Once I get my [commercial driver license], I can work for [Utah Transit Authority] as a bus driver and then get on with a trucking company," he said. "I highly recommend the VOA; they have a lot of resources."
The young baristas add to Maud’s vibe, said businesswoman Julie Coates, who lives nearby at Artspace and likes to hang out at the new cafe.
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"I come here as often as I can. I do a lot of work here," she said. "They nailed it with the design. It’s amazing."
This article was reported by The Associated Press.
FORT WORTH, Texas, March 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Olympus Property announces the expansion of their portfolio into Utah further diversifying their portfolio across ten states. The community will undergo a name change effective immediately to Olympus at Daybreak.
Olympus Property acquires Olympus at Daybreak in South Jordan, Utah
Olympus at Daybreak is the only apartment community located within the growing 4,000 acre master-planned community of Daybreak in South Jordan. Recently named one of Utah’s fastest growing and best places to live in Utah, South Jordan offers a family-oriented community, highly rated schools, and quick access to a growing number of job drivers. Located next to the light rail system and Highway 154, Olympus at Daybreak offers strategic access to the entire Salt Lake Valley metroplex.
"Olympus at Daybreak is an opportunity for our company to expand into a new market with a strong fundamental story. The asset is located in a flourishing community with plenty of long term upside for our firm and our partners," said Chase Bennett, Director of Acquisitions at Olympus Property.
Olympus at Daybreak is a garden-style apartment community featuring 315 units with two and three story-buildings. Constructed in 2011 in the desirable city of South Jordan, the asset is approximately 15 miles from Salt Lake City. This Class "A" property features a unit mix of 26 percent one-bedroom units, 63 percent two-bedroom units, and 11 percent three-bedroom units, with an average unit size of 1,110 square feet.
Community amenities include 25 parks with sport courts, pavilions, ball fields, playground equipment, and community gardens and 30 miles of walking and hiking trails throughout the community. Oquirrh Lake offers 70 acres of kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, sailing and fishing.
"Our expansion into Utah offers new opportunities for the growth of our company. Olympus at Daybreak is the ideal asset for this expansion offering a highly sought-after community in a fast growing market," said Anthony Wonderly, a Principal of Olympus Property.
Olympus Property, founded in 1992, is a fully integrated real estate investment firm based in Fort Worth, Texas. Over its 26-year history, the company has become a successful and recognized name in the multi-family industry. Olympus currently owns and manages over 15,000 units across ten states including Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Arizona, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, New Mexico, Utah, and California.
To learn more about diversifying your portfolio with Olympus Property, please contact Braden Barr at 817-505-0528 or at Braden.Barr@OlympusProperty.com
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SALT LAKE CITY — Federal prosecutors say a Stansbury Park man hornswoggled neighbors, relatives and fellow churchgoers into investing thousands of dollars in his fake companies from 2013 to 2017.
Ronald Wayne Leavitt, 61, was charged in federal court in Salt Lake City Wednesday with felonies wire fraud and money laundering.
He persuaded people close to him to pour money into ventures that included a California real-estate project, a high-end development in Moab called "Hidden Mesa" and a sugar-substitute startup, promising a triple return on investment, charges state.
He "did not use the funds to further any of the ventures and instead spent them on personal and extravagant expenditures," prosecutors allege.
Leavitt wooed investors with lies that he had limousines, owned million-dollar properties, donated heavily to his church and invested his own money in ventures, charges state.
When investors sought repayment, Leavitt said the money was locked into investment and he would try to repay them later but spent most of it, prosecutors allege, and borrowed $100,000 from his sister to placate two investors.
The FBI and IRS were investigating, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah said in a statement.
No court date has been set.
If convicted, Leavitt faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the wire-fraud count; 10 years in prison and an equal fine for money laundering.
A message left at a number believed to be his was not immediately returned. His attorney Jamie Thomas did not return a message and email late Wednesday.
AC Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown is proud to announce the expected April 2018 opening of Salt Lake City’s first AC Hotel by Marriott on the corner of 2nd & 2nd (225 West 200 South) downtown.
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers kicked off their annual whirlwind legislative session Monday with plans to dig in on tax reform, Medicaid and more.
Chief among lawmakers’ priorities will be setting a budget that sends significant money to education, with a hope to boost Utah’s low per-pupil spending and stave off a ballot initiative led by a group of business leaders that would hike Utah taxes to pay for schools.
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