Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to have recognized Patrick Aime as the recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” honor on July 1, 2016. Our hero comes to us through the refugee foster care program, which places unaccompanied refugee minors in loving homes in Utah. Patrick tragically lost five of his siblings during an attack on their village in the democratic republic of Congo and shortly after lost his mother to malaria. After 16 years in the refugee camp, our hero was resettled to the United States and despite his complete lack of English and limited education, our hero has thrived. He makes his foster parent, school and community extremely proud with his hard work and dedication to school which includes taking additional classes and lessons. He was also a member of the Jordan high school’s soccer team, where his skill, amazing attitude and great personality was a true asset. Our hero just graduated high school this year and we know he will do big things!
Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to have recognized Omar Hernandez as the recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” honor on July 9, 2016. Omar comes to us from Neighborworks, an organization that strives to improve the community through building affordable housing. He started with the organization in 2006 as a youth community builder, he has continued to grow within the organization and has since been promoted to a site supervisor. Through the lessons he learned with Neighborworks and hard work, Omar has been able to accomplish his dream of becoming a business owner by starting his own landscaping company. Our hero continues to stay involved with Neighborworks youth program by teaching financial literacy classes, being a motivational speaker and a leader in the “Paint Your Heart Out” campaign. Thank you to our Hero for your wonderful contributions to the community.
Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to have recognized Wendy Brown as the recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” honor on July 16, 2016. Wendy comes to us from YMCA Utah, an organization that is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Our Hero made an instant impact when she arrived at the YMCA several years ago and now serves as president of the Utah Professional Organizers (UPO), where she creates networking opportunities for professional organizations all over the state, as well as leads monthly presentations that help develop opportunities for leadership, service and training. One of Wendy’s successes was playing a crucial role in an event called “Go Event” (get organized), where professional organizers donated their time and talents to projects that benefited the community. She continues to work with YMCA Utah on a number of projects that continue to change the lives of the women and children they serve. Thank you to our hero for all of you efforts to improve the lives of those around you.
Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to have recognized Lori Loughman as the recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” honor on July 22, 2016. Tonight’s hero comes to us from “Family Promise Salt Lake”, an organization that provides shelter, case management and housing services to families facing homelessness in our community. Family Promise strives to facilitate lasting income and stable housing for at-risk families. Five years ago, Lori and her son Jacob found themselves homeless after they fled from an abusive relationship. For nearly a year Lori and her son struggled to find shelter and get back on their feet, until she found Family Promise. After just 45 days of support by Family Promise, she was able to get back on her feet and move out on her own. Since then she has become a full time CNA, is happily married, and now she and Jacob live with their wonderful family in a new home. With the support of Family Promise combined with her hard work and determination, Lori was able to overcome homelessness as a single mother and turn her struggles into a successful future.