Heroes Among Us - March 2017

Jorge Rafael Camou

Heroes Among Us

Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to have recognized, Jorge Rafael Camou as the recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” honored on March 4, 2017.

Our hero comes to us from the Fourth Street Clinic. The Fourth Street Clinic was established in 1988 in Salt Lake City and strives to provide high quality healthcare and support services to homeless Utahans. Through the help of the Fourth Street Clinic, comprehensive health care was delivered to over 5,000 homeless men, women and children in 2016. They also offer primary, behavioral, dental and specialty care visits without any cost to their clients.

Jorge Rafael Camou is an example of what the Fourth Street Clinic can do. Camou was born in the state of Sonora, Mexico and migrated to the United States when he was 16. He started work by busing tables and washing dishes and worked his way up the corporate ladder. A few years later, he found out his mother was dying of cancer. He rushed back to Mexico. When he came back in 2006, he found himself homeless.

One day, Camou attended a Smoking Cessation class at the Fourth Street Clinic. At first, he only came for the $5 gift certificates they gave to the attendees but then he discovered more than that. He started attending every class each week, quite smoking, and starting instructing others that were like him.

Camou now lives in an apartment in Salt Lake City and teaches at the Fourth Street Clinic to help others improve their lives. His story is a powerful message that homeless can affect anyone, but through hope and ambition, anybody can have a chance at a calm and stable life.

Jennifer Stevens

Heroes Among Us

Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to have recognized, Jennifer Stevens as the recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” honored on March 18, 2017.

Our hero comes to us from the Fair Credit Foundation. The Fair Credit Foundation was founded in 1977 and aims to teach individuals and families how to manage their finances wisely to improve and sustain their financial well-being. They do this by creating a long-term action plan for financial security, building the individual’s credit, providing financial counseling and coaching.

Jennifer Stevens is a great example of what this program can do. Before receiving assistance, Stevens, a single mother of four, was living paycheck to paycheck. Stevens had the motivation to change but did not know where to start. When she visited the Fair Credit Foundation, she met Daniel Montejo and they got her on a plan to start saving a part of each paycheck. Now Stevens has plans to open her first 401K, has built an emergency fun and is now looking to buy her first house.

Stevens is thankful for the Fair Credit Foundation and the financial stability it has brought her.