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Phot of a boy playing a handheld video game in front of an old camper trailer. The desert stretches out in the background.
David Fuchs / KUER

St. George — It’s back to school night at Diamond Valley Elementary, and the auditorium is filled with the usual suspects: tired, young parents and restless, wriggling children. But near the back of the room, seated at the edge of the aisle, is a 47-year-old woman with a blue streak in her hair. She’s equal parts exhausted, anxious and out of place. 

Photo of Utah Community Action Grant.
Rocio Hernandez / KUER

In 2012, when Cindy Taufa moved her family to Utah to escape the growing cost of living in California, she never expected her large family to end up homeless.

Photo of Drage in kitchen.
Kelsie Moore / KUER

 

Michele Jones likes to believe she's pretty good at spotting students who are struggling.

The 41-year-old math teacher at Cyprus High School in Magna is quick to notice when homework gets sloppy or a student misses class. But with Dustin Drage, a quiet freshman with a penchant for art, drawing and doodling, there weren't the typical red flags.

A new report out of Idaho shows the number of children without a permanent roof over their heads is increasing.  This trend is mirrored across much of the Mountain West. 

Whittney Evans

In her new memoir "Never Let Me Go", Utah attorney Nicole Lowe tells a story of the unlikely path that lead her to where she is today.

Whittney Evans

Young people who spend their days and nights on the streets, now have a place to go in Salt Lake City for a hot meal, a good night’s sleep and other services to get them on their feet. Volunteers of America opened the doors Tuesday to the new Homeless Youth Resource Center.

Whittney Evans

Volunteers of America began construction today on a youth homeless shelter in Salt Lake City.