Heroes Among Us - April 2016

Dr. Alan Anderson

Heroes Among Us

Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to have recognized Dr. Alan Anderson as the recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” honor on April 9, 2016. Dr. Anderson has given back to the community by his dedication and help with the Family Support Center here in the Greater Salt Lake Area. He has made a large impact by mentoring and training hundreds of dentists from around the world within new technology and providing dental work to families in need. He has a great passion and enthusiasm about serving others and loves being able to provide so many different services to the community. Dr. Anderson is a leader in involving his co-workers and team for numerous years with the Adopt-a-Family Holiday Program and developing new programs to better the community. He has worked with his team at the Valley West Rotary to contribute to those programs. They have worked together to put a Thanksgiving Dinner for Lifestart Village, which fed over 100 individuals. Dr. Anderson and his wife, Kandle, were instrumental in getting this program off the ground. Thank you to our hero Dr. Alan Anderson, who has been an inspiration to his family, friends, co-workers and community.

Jan and Norm Nelson

Heroes Among Us

Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to have recognized Jan and Norm Nelson as the recipients of the “Heroes Among Us” honor on April 16, 2016. Almost 30 years ago, Jan and Norm Nelson founded the non-profit organization called Alliance House with the contribution of two other families. They all had a common influence in why creating the organization; they each had a child that struggles with mental illness. Alliance House is a part of an international clubhouse movement whose mission is to provide a supportive environment where adults with serious, persistent mental illness can rebuild their self-respect and dignity. They have helped by giving them the abilities through education, productive work environments and meaningful relationships. Along with mental health partners and passionate individuals in the community, the founding families purchases a small former fire station in South Salt Lake and slowly turned it into a haven for its members. There, they were able to provide the right support, patience and understanding for the adults and families in need. To this day their legacy continues as hundreds of Alliance House members have rebuilt their respect and dignity through returning to paid employment, obtaining higher levels of education and housing when they experienced homelessness. The Nelson’s are still actively involved at Alliance House as Emeritus Board Members and they are beloved by everyone who has ever had any connection with them. Thank you to our heroes Jan and Norm Nelson, who have been an inspiration to our community with their leadership and dedication to the Alliance House.

Laura Enriquez

Heroes Among Us

Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to have recognized Laura Enriquez as the recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” honor on April 30, 2016. Laura comes to us from the Guadalupe School here in Salt Lake City. The Guadalupe School is a community of students, staff and volunteers who believe that education is the greatest tool to end the cycle of poverty. They have a five unique learning program within one school which focuses on parent involvement, college preparation and health families. The program provides a sense of connection, a welcome place to learn and a chance to find better opportunities. Laura is a charter school parent and has been a student herself in the adult education program. In the recent years, she moved her family here hoping to provide them with a successful future. They were fortunate to be able to get their boys into the Guadalupe School, where Laura simultaneously dedicated herself into multiple adult education programs, with most importantly learning English. The Guadalupe School has a strong emphasis on parent volunteerism, as they believe it sets an example for the children. Laura embraced this philosophy and continues to set excellent examples and standards by completing over 300 volunteer hours since the beginning of the school year. Laura has volunteered hours within the classroom by helping teachers prepare lessons and material, in-class activities, and help enhance the classroom environment. Thank you to our hero Laura for being an encouragement to her family, continuously involved in giving back to her community and loyalty to the Guadalupe School.