Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to have recognized Heather Wolsey as the recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” honor on June 18, 2016. Heather comes to us as a graduate from the Salt Lake area program called People Helping People whose goal is to strengthen families through successful employment. They are dedicated to reducing the number the number of children living in poverty by teaching low-income women, primarily single mothers, how to earn a living wage. In 2012 while experiencing many personal struggles including unemployment, Heather Turned to People Helping People for help. After being forced out of a broken home, and having no college or professional experience, Heather faced the daunting task of finding a way to provide for her six children all on her own. Fortunately, People Helping People heard her story and invited her to participate in their program where they were able to help her identify valuable skills that she had developed as a stay-at-home mom that she could utilize in the professional world. With the help of her mentor and now good friend, Kayleen, she has been working on her goals ever since and is now giving back to People Helping People as a member of the employment strategies network, helping other women who are experiencing similar struggles to create better lives for themselves. Thank you to our hero who has been an inspiration to her family, and to People Helping People for Providing Heather with the tools for a successful life.
Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to have recognized Joseph Lucero as the recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” honor on June 22, 2016. Joseph came to us from the First Step House in Salt Lake City, which was founded in 1958. The First Step House believes that an essential element in the recovery process is helping people find, or rediscover, a deep sense of meaning and purpose in their lives through giving back to their community. Joseph had a history of substance abuse which started at a young age and lasted until he was 26 years old. He pushed through to complete treatment in 2012, which helped him set three goals. First, save $1,000. Second, finish barber school. Third, complete the 12 steps of AA. By 2013, our hero completed his goals and opened his first barber shop with his brother. Shortly after, Joseph branched out on his own, opening a new business – Joseph’s Barbershop and Lovely Lashes with his now wife. In 2015, Joseph opened up a second barbershop and continues to thrive. He continues to give back to the community through sharing his inspiring story with local youth and raising money for supplies and backpacks for local elementary schools. Thank you to our hero Joseph for inspiring change within the community, for his family and for First Step House helping Joseph find his way.