Speaking on Business: Downtown Ambassador Program
For the homeless population, Downtown Ambassadors are providing on-street outreach and referrals to appropriate services while deterring aggressive panhandling.
This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.
Downtown Salt Lake City has always been known for its cleanliness and friendliness. So, when it became clear that assistance was needed to maintain this reputation because of serious issues with homelessness and aggressive panhandling, the Downtown Alliance, Salt Lake City and Visit Salt Lake came together and launched the Downtown Ambassador Program.
You will know the Downtown Ambassadors by the bright yellow shirts they’re wearing. The team of 7 ambassadors includes licensed social workers who walk the streets of Downtown, aiding those in need, from convention delegates or tourists who need directions to those experiencing homelessness. For the homeless population, Downtown Ambassadors are providing on-street outreach and referrals to appropriate services while deterring aggressive panhandling. This is giving valuable direction for those who may not know where to turn and is continuing to build Salt Lake City’s reputation as a welcoming and safe city for residents and visitors.
Camille Winnie, who handles community services for the Downtown Alliance, says the Downtown Ambassador Program is a “down to earth” approach to build relationships with businesses and visitors, as well as homeless individuals who need help. It opens the door so when they’re ready, they know where to turn to get the services they need, without being intimidated by working with someone in a uniform.
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For Zions Bank, I’m Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.