East High washroom and food facilities meeting needs over the summer

Jun 18, 2019, 1:32 PM
east high summer program...
The washroom, pantry and other facilities at East High are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays during the summer months. Photo: Mary Richards

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah high school that has pioneered services for students who are homeless or in crisis is expanding that mission over the summer.

East High School’s food pantry, clothing boutique and washroom facilities will remain open through the summer for families in need. Senior Jasmin Colin-Rodriguez works there on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

“Ever since I was young, I have loved helping people,” she said, “and I know people who are less fortunate and who actually need help.”

She appreciates knowing the help is also discreet so no student needs to feel embarrassed.

“Just seeing them light up knowing they can have this, and they don’t have to worry, and I am not going to tell anyone — they are in a complete safe space,” she added. “Sometimes they are really hesitant, saying they don’t want to ask for anything more, but then I ask them if they want to see the hygiene closet or clothing boutique, just saying, ‘Let’s go take a look.’

“For example, there was a mom with five boys, and she took just one shampoo, but I said, ‘You can take more. Please take more.'”

She says when families realize there is no shame or guilt, they feel relieved.

The program provides things like food, soap, underwear, crisis backpacks and other supplies – plus access to facilities that include washers, dryers and showers.

Kris Barta, the student and family support coordinator, says any student or family in the Salt Lake City School District is eligible for assistance and access.

Colin-Rodriguez is paid through a partnership with Smith’s. Many other local businesses and groups also provide money and donations, such as hygiene supplies. All of them are listed at, and the site also offers a link for members of the community to donate to the program.

Today’s Top Stories


u of u student arrested...
Waverly Golden

Other paths to consider when thinking about attending college

Following the student loan forgiveness announcement, college is on everyone's mind. Dave Noriega takes an in-depth look at the alternatives.
2 days ago
An electronic sign on the campus of the University of Utah was seen displaying pornography today....
Becky Bruce

Slight increase in crime on U of U campus from previous year, report says

There has been a slight increase in crime on campus over the previous year, according to a report released Friday by the University of Utah.
3 days ago
US President Joe Biden announces student loan relief on August 24, 2022 in the Roosevelt Room of th...
Betsy Klein and MJ Lee, CNN

Biden administration kicks off student loan debt forgiveness process

The Biden administration began its efforts aimed at student loan forgiveness on Thursday.
3 days ago
cline alpine board...
Lindsay Aerts

At Alpine school board meeting, Natalie Cline claims district allows porn in classrooms

Whether Cline, from the Utah Board of Education, can speak at the Alpine district meeting (where she doesn't reside) was questioned.
4 days ago
The wafer with the etched Book of Mormon on it, made by BYU students...
Samantha Herrera

BYU engineering students put ‘world’s smallest Book of Mormon’ on 4 inch disc

The entirety of the Book of Mormon is now on display on a gold-plated 4-inch disc in the Clyde Building at BYU. It'll last millions of years.
4 days ago
American Leadership Academy pictured....
Elizabeth Weiler

American Leadership Academy responds to homecoming incident

American Leadership Academy responded to allegations of body shaming and dress code at a high school homecoming dance.
4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
East High washroom and food facilities meeting needs over the summer