RadioACTive: September 22, 2020

  • September 22, 2020
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#RoundtableTuesdays tackles homelessness with Fill the Pot Homeless Ministry, Black Lives for Humanity, Project Homeless Connect SLC, Writer Kip Yost, SLC Mayor Mendenhall.

Tonight's lineup:

#3QuickPicks with Azra Basic, adult services librarian at the Marmalade Branch, Salt Lake City Public Library, 280 W. 500 N., SLC. The City Library system has reopened and now offers express services, which includes 30-minute computer sessions, access to fax/copy machines, holds pickup, and reference assistance. Azra's picks for the week included:

  1. Community Resource: VOA Utah Library Engagement Team, works with homeless and at-risk individuals and families who visit the Salt Lake City Libraries eight branch locations. Three full-time VOA social workers are staffed at the Library. They help connect individuals to resources, obtain IDs, work on résumés, search for jobs, coordinate medical care and more. These things can be overwhelming for anyone. Most importantly, the VOA staff build relationships that help people get a footing in life and in society. Contact: 801-524-8228 or
  2. For the kiddos: How to Make a Better World, by Kelly Swift. “This fun and inspiring guide to making the world a better place and becoming a good citizen is packed with ideas and tips for kids who want to know how to make a difference. If you are a kid with big dreams and a passion for what is right, you're a world-changer in the making.” Zero holds at time of this post.
  3. For grownups and teens: Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, by Liz Murray. "The memoir of a young woman who at age 15 was living on the streets but survived to make it to Harvard. Murray's story was featured in the Lifetime Original Movie 'Homeless to Harvard.'" Zero holds at time of this post.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall talked about city services and her plan to help those who are homeless in our community this winter.

Kip Yost, a formerly a homeless man, currently a writer and a contributor to Salt Lake Tribune and Invisible People.

Mike AKerlow, CEO of Community Development Corporation of Utah, which manages the annual Project Homeless Connect SLC. There won’t be a formal event with volunteer opportunities this year, but they still need the community’s help.

  • Gather the Goods: Donate new or very gently used clothing, shoes and coats. No used underwear, bras or socks due to Covid-19. Click here for recommended “bundles.”
  • Amazon Wishlist, featuring items identified by PHC organizers to whom all purchases will be shipped.
  • Cash, still king. Click here to donate some of your dollars.
  • Corporate Sponsorship, if your organization would like to be a formal sponsor of Project Homeless Connect.

Ty Bellamy, Founder, Black Lives for Humanity Movement. To contact Ty, email or just keep an eye out for her — in a bright pink t-shirt — as she provides direct service to people living on the streets.

Sister Toni Ragsdale, who along with her husband, Rev. J. Ragsdale, runs Fill the Pot Homeless Ministry. Formerly located at Pioneer Park on Sundays, the ministry now feeds more than 300 people each weekend in its own building. Volunteers still needed. To contact Sister Toni, email

We didn't have time for all the great conversation we had with Ty and Sister Toni, so use this media player to hear more of what they had to say about serving the unsheltered members of our community:

Views, thoughts or opinions shared by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, 90.9fm KRCL. Tonight's RadioACTive team included:

  • Community Co-Host: Tamrika Khvtisiashvili, Risshan Leak
  • Exec. Producer:  Lara Jones
  • Assoc. Producer: Billy Palmer