SALT LAKE CITY, UT — This last Wednesday, The Road Home, a homeless shelter located in Salt Lake City, hosted its 27th Annual Great Salt Lake Chili Affair. As a strong supporter of efforts to help the homeless, employees of CommGap International Language Services and their families were there to participate and contribute to this fundraising event.
The Chili Affair, titled this year “3 Bean Circus,” featured gourmet chili made by local chefs, live entertainment, and a silent auction. The proceeds of the event, including contributions made by employees of CommGap, went toward helping people experiencing homelessness.
Lelani Craig, President and CEO of CommGap, who attended with her husband, remarked, “CommGap has had a long-standing relationship with The Road Home and we’re impressed with the level of professionalism and compassion for all of the residents they serve…CommGap has chosen The Road Home as the primary charity that we have selected to support and provide opportunities for our employees to take part in their fundraising events like their annual Holiday Radio-a-thon, The Chili Affair, and in kind donations and volunteer opportunities. CommGap has been a corporate sponsor of The Road Home for many years.”
Sponsoring local charities isn’t the only way CommGap has reached out to the community throughout the company’s history. Once, a refugee family from Somalia landed in Salt Lake City without any organization to meet them at the airport. Not knowing the language and without anyone to help them, they found themselves at the nearest homeless shelter, which happened to be The Road Home. The Home’s executive director, aware of CommGap’s resources and network of local linguists, made a call asking for help. Within a few moments, an interpreter was dispatched free of charge to help the family communicate its needs and find a home in the area. It was a small, everyday act for CommGap, but for this family, it was a huge help.
Says Craig, “I also believe that being involved in projects like The Road Home, that serves the homeless population, is not only important but a critical piece for every business to be involved in philanthropic initiatives. “
She also adds, “They also serve a mean bowl of chili.”