CDBG Application Submitted
On the afternoon of Friday, December 5, 2008, we submitted a Community Development Block Grant application to Salt Lake County that would help us replace all the asphalt around The John Taylor House next summer. Our asphalt has been in a state of decline and degradation for many years, and now it's at the point where simple repair work is not reasonable - only complete removal and replacement would be a wise use of funds. It will cost slightly more than $38,000 to replace 8,100 square feet of asphalt. John Taylor House II Inc. cannot afford such an expenditure, hence the CDBG appliation. A similar application will be made to Salt Lake City next summer in accordance with its application procedures.
Rent Increase Effective January 1, 2009
Rents at The John Taylor House have not increased at all since the current managing trustee took over daily operations in September 1998. That's more than a decade without any rent increases of any kind. However, while rents have stayed level, all costs associated with operating The John Taylor House have, well, skyrocketed in the past 11 years.
In a letter to residents dated December 1, 2008, Managing Trustee Lon Scow wrote: The increase of utility costs, food costs and taxes have been a determining factor for us to make the decision of having to increase the monthly rents at the John Taylor House.
Our most recent fundraising campaign this fall was modestly successful, allowing us to purchase one 100,000 BTU 80% efficient furnace to heat the second floor and have it installed. However, another one is badly needed to service the third floor, which would also require new ductwork throughout the floor as none has ever been installed before. The funds raised over the past few months but not expended on the new furnace will be set aside for the purchase of the next furnace.
So, we've been left with no real alternative to raising resident rents. Effective January 1, 2009, all rents will be raised $25.00, both on those paying full rent and those enrolled in our discounted rent program. We hope that everyone affected by this increase will understand that after more than a decade with no rent increases at all, a $25.00 increase per month is not unreasonable, and it will help our finances considerably.
The Salt Lake Tribune Features The John Taylor House The Salt Lake Tribune featured The John Taylor House in its May 9, 2008, issue. They graciously placed the article on page one of the CloseUp section with a huge photograph! Unfortunately, access to the article is now available only through paid access to their online archives. Nonetheless, we thank The Salt Lake Tribune, the state's largest and most respected newspaper, for this much-needed exposure.
South Salt Lake Journal Features The John Taylor House
The South Salt Lake Journal featured The John Taylor House in its April 24, 2008, issue. They graciously placed a teaser at the bottom of page one, and the entire article appeared on page three! They also used a rather large picture of the house. Click Here to view a PDF of the issue. We thank the South Salt Lake Journal for this much-needed exposure.
A Killer Homemade Baked Beans Recipe
Last year the mother of Managing Trustee Lon Scow gave The John Taylor House her special recipe for homemade baked beans. It has become such a special occasion hit with our residents and staff that we thought we'd share it with you:
Mix thoroughly. Bake uncovered in a preheated 300 degree oven for approximately 2 1/2 hours. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate overnight.
Reheat in a preheated 300 degree oven for approximately 2 hours. Let stand at least 30 minutes before serving so it can thicken up.
Hint: For a single family, divide the above ingredients by 6.
If you use and enjoy the above recipe, please take a moment to let us know. We'd love to hear from you!
Our Last Newsletter is Still Available
Our first newsletter in seven years was mailed on April 24, 2007. We mailed out 5,125 newsletters to past donors, LDS Church and public officials who would likely be interested, families members and case workers of our residents, and others known to be sympathetic to nonprofits and their financial struggles enough to make tax-deductible in-kind and monetary contributions.
Feel free to download your own copy of the Spring 2007 newsletter here:
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Online Donating Now Available The John Taylor House has arranged to accept donations online through Network For Good, one of the most trusted online donation processing nonprofit companies. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all donations we receive are tax-deductible. To donate using Network For Good's safe and secure donation page, just click on the Donate Now button in the left-hand column of any page throughout this web site.
The John Taylor House Featured in the Deseret News The John Taylor House is featured in the May 12, 2005, issue of the Deseret News. Read the entire article here.
The John Taylor House Spotlighted in South Salt Lake Journal The John Taylor House is featured on page 14 of the May 2005 issue of the South Salt Lake Journal. The article does contain one factual error, however. Men enrolled in our Work / Success Study Program do household chores amounting to 20 hours monthly, not weekly as stated in the article. Click Here to view a PDF of the issue.