The effects of the federal sequestration have had an impact on Your Community Connection in Ogden. The service center has seen its current fiscal year operating budget reduced by $79,000. It's budget is usually about $1.2 million. The loss of $79,000 hurts more than it may appear on a balance sheet. Demand for services to assist victims of domestic abuse has increased, while the YCC's budget goes down.
Frankly, it's up to the community, all of us, to make sure that the YCC has sufficient funds to continue the good work it does. It's a vital link of support for the most vulnerable in our community, including battered women, children at risk, and seniors who need assistance.
Gov. Gary Herbert recently urged us as Utahns to look to ourselves, and what we can do to help someone personally. The people who need help via the services the YCC provides are as real as our mothers, sisters, daughters. When we're helping them, we are making our own lives better.
The YCC's number is 801-394-9456. A phone call and some community activism and organization can be a catalyst toward making sure that all in need can be helped. The sad fact is that in 2012, the YCC had to turn away 150 people in need. That's why it needs to expand, and why more money for services is critical.
The YCC serves a critical need in the community. Besides its shelter for abuse victims, it's also a rape crisis center. Other community services it provides include a child-care center, outreach bullying counseling services, senior life care, transitional housing for families in peril, and food and clothing vouchers.
The irony of the current economic blues for an organization such as the YCC is that while tough times increase the need to help other, such as domestic abuse victims, those same tough times lead to a trimming of the YCC's budget. It's imperative that the public, including local businesses and individuals, reach into their pockets and contribute what they can to keep this vital institution fiscally healthy.
And there are groups that are helping the YCC. According to Julee Smith, YCC director, the organization just received a significant contribution from Rocky Mountain Power. The money will be used to provide a bilingual case manager for clients of the YCC.
Editor's note: This editorial position was crafted by Leadership Northern Utah, Chamber of Commerce group of up-and-coming, next-generation leaders, as selected by the chamber and their own businesses. Leadership Northern Utah recently visited the Standard-Examiner offices and received a briefing on the duties of the various departments.