Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to have recognized Gene Chun as the recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” honor on March 12, 2016. Lester Chun, his brother is the one within the photo here accepting the honor on Gene’s behalf. Gene Chun was deeply involved with the Habitat for Humanity Organization for nearly 20 years. He found great enjoyment in spending his time volunteering, whether it be swinging a hammer, conducting home interviews, mentoring or being an active member of Habitat’s Family Selection Committee. Gene’s passion ran the deepest for the Partner Families of Habitat; he took great pride in helping low-income families achieve the dream of homeownership. Because of that passion, Gene left a remarkable impact on the lives of many people within our community: 74 families, comprised of 266 people of which, 166 are children and 53 are single parents. Gene helped to give all of these people a hand-up and a chance to make a change by ending their cycle of poverty. Thanks to our hero Gene, who helped give all of these people a chance to make a change by ending their cycle of poverty.