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International workers still need rooms

As Euler Campos, Jr. and three friends from Brazil were using the Christian Center’s Internet on Monday, Guilherme Germer, another twenty-something from Brazil, walked in and approached executive director Tim Dahlin with the same problem, "I’m looking for a place to rent."

The Christian Center is seeing a steady flow of young people from Brazil and other countries this week looking for canned foods, jobs and places to stay. They’ve come to be visiting international workers and Dahlin has kept a book to help them.

He invites Germer to take a turn on the Internet searching classifieds and points him to the book that he knows won’t be of much help.

The book has about 15 listings of willing homeowners with space many of whom live in Jeremy Ranch and Silver Summit, an impossible distance for people without a vehicle. About five more listings are located in Kamas and Heber.

Dahlin then picks up the book and flips past the listings to his list of people requesting space. There are 65 pages of young women and about as many men. Some of the pages are for two women, or two men. Still another section of the book is for groups seeking large spaces where six or 11 people hope to stay together.

Linda Sasser, an assistant to Dahlin, said she wouldn’t be surprised if over 300 people were in that book.

"With the economy the way it is, we hoped more people would respond (with a room for rent), but they haven’t," she said.

Germer worked for Deer Valley in 2006 but he found no luck with the resort this year. Campos is having trouble because the Brazilians have visas that expire March 15. Many businesses are looking for workers who can stay through April. If he can’t find work in 30 days, he’ll have to go back.

City council member Liza Simpson, said she’s still in the process of encouraging residents to open rooms for these visitors and believes they are essential to running the town during ski season.

She believes making room will create positive experiences for the home owners.

Simpson said she’s still friends with people in Peru and Brazil who worked for her several years ago. Renting to the visiting students creates a cultural exchange while earning the home owner extra money.

She’s heard some hesitancy from people fearing they’d break zoning laws by renting a room. Simpson said she assures people that as long as the person is scheduled to stay longer than 30 days, renting them a room would break no city codes.

For information on students looking to rent space contact The Christian Center at 1100 Iron Horse Dr.

649-2260


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