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July 12, 2019

Salt Lake County earns national recognition for two outstanding programs

Afton January - Email
Office: (385) 468-3189 Mobile: (408) 505-2096

Callista Pearson - Email
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Salt Lake County’s Refugee Assistance Program for Older Adults and County-Wide Microchipping Program are being recognized with Achievement Awards from The National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents. The awards will be presented at NACo’s 83rd Annual Conference & Exposition on Sunday, July 14th in Las Vegas.

The Refugee Assistance Program for Older Adults gives hope to participants by providing access to advocacy, resources and social engagement. Older refugees are exposed to programs through Aging & Adult Services that connect them with Medicare specialists and help them navigate the benefits process. Gardens for older adult refugees are being developed in Salt Lake County to provide places of refuge and social connection.  Salt Lake County senior centers are also expanding to provide activities for refugees that target their unique interests including English classes and social activities designed to help participants make friends.

Animal Services has created a county-wide microchipping program with the support of the Salt Lake County Council and adjacent animal shelters within the county. Any pet living in Salt Lake County qualifies for a free microchip at any participating shelter. By providing this service and technology, Salt Lake County hopes to see all pets being returned to their owners thanks to the information provided by the microchip. This in turn, has reduced the amount of days a pet stays in the shelter and reduces stress within the shelter.

“I am so proud of the hard work and dedication put forth by Salt Lake County employees every day. They are the ones who deserve all the credit for making these programs so successful. Salt Lake County strives to better the lives of all residents, including our refugee community and our furry friends, through the services and opportunities we provide. I am thrilled to see Salt Lake County being recognized on a national level,” said Mayor Jenny Wilson of the honorees.