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About Understanding Us

Our Organization

Understanding Us is a grassroots (501) (c) non-profit organization. We are local to Salt Lake City, Utah. We are a collective that believes in doing good- better. Understanding Us carries this mentality in our programs throughout Salt Lake County. Our participants are primarily individuals experiencing homelessness. Our Tai Chi program is our largest program. Also, the largest operating community tai chi group in the state of Utah. We have 3 locations, running 4 days a week. This program is predominately run by Salt Lakes homeless community members.

 Through Understanding Us programs, we attempt to fill gaps in assisting individuals with one or more diagnosed conditions or disabilities in the following areas: psychological (specifically conditions resulting from trauma), sociological,  physiological, and neurological (specifically in conditions related to cognitive functioning). 

Our Mission

Understanding Us, a 501 (c) (3) Non-profit aims to connect and understand the seemingly complex problems we face every day. Our goal is to give people the tools and resources they need to connect in a new way with themselves, and the world around them. We approach the problems people face in new, effective, and innocuous applications. We apply our mission statement through our programs and in our interactions with the community. 

 
Our Vision

​Reconstruction of the way society at all levels approaches complex individual, and social problems/conflicts. We envision a significant and effective reduction in rates of suicide, incarceration, and homelessness. 

 

Do No Harm

Equitable Inclusion: No matter who you are or where you are on your life's journey, you are welcome in our program. 

Accountability: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions and claims. We expect the same of participants. 

Respect: We hold, and treat each other with respect, for everyone is different and may have their own definitions of success. 

Analytical: We study and examine the elemental parts of individual and societal structures by gathering data through tests and academic data-based research. 

Our Values