PARK CITY — Holy Cross Ministries Parent Educator Yuri Jenson was presented with the Caring Community Coalition of Wasatch County’s Community Recognition Award in acknowledgement of her outreach work in the Latino community.
“I am very happy and humbled to have been recognized with this award,” said Jenson, who joined Holy Cross Ministries’ Parents as Teachers education team in Park City in February.
Jenson said that the award was not just for her because “all the families that we serve through the PAT are very committed, and their effort shows.”
Jenson has been involved in both the public and private sectors, coordinating educational and recreational activities for families since 2008, when she immigrated to the United States.
“Yuri is a proud U.S. citizen who emigrated from Mexico. When she started her journey in this country, she realized how much help is needed for those who represent minorities,” her biography says.
Jenson said her success is only possible through community engagement and commitment.
“When you see a change in a family it is a very marvelous thing to witness. … Sometimes just one piece of information makes the difference in the life of a family,” she said.
the voice of our community – a real voice,” said Lizeette Zurita, coordinator for Holy Cross Ministries’ Parents as Teachers program. “It’s been very rewarding to see one of your team members being recognized for the hard work that they do. … It means so much to her to be able to make a change in a family, and this recognition just shows her that she is making a real change in the community.”
Holy Cross Ministries is a nonprofit organization that ministers to the underserved community in the Salt Lake and Park City areas. It was created in 1994 by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Among its programs is the Parents as Teachers home-visiting program, which serves low-income children ages 0-12 years old in Park City, which in unique in the Summit County.
Holy Cross Ministries also has the Parent Educators program, which conducts annual hearing and vision health screenings for these children, provides early detection of developmental delays and assesses the child’s social-emotional development.
The Parents as Teachers Program is continuing despite the pandemic challenges, and is operating at capacity. To be placed on the waiting list, or for information, contact Lizeette Zurita, 385-257-2445.