ST. GEORGE — As of Wednesday, Dixie Care & Share will no longer operate as an emergency shelter, but rather will offer subsidized housing to help employed people who are not yet able to afford the cost of rent or mortgage.
Dixie Care & Share will still be a zero tolerance facility and its new system of housing, named “Independence Campus,” will provide a bed and three meals for $10 a day which totals about $300 per month, Dixie Care & Share Executive Director Jae Maxfield said.
“This way people have a chance to accumulate some assets and save up without being under the gun,” Maxfield said.
This transition arrives just before the opening of the new resource center and homeless shelter, SwitchPoint Community Resource Center, expected to open late August. SwitchPoint will be run by the City of St. George and provide 21 different resources and 64 beds.
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Unemployed people who are currently staying at Dixie Care & Share will not be required to leave until SwitchPoint opens. However, any newcomers to Dixie Care & Share will not be allowed to stay unless they are employed.
By modifying the Dixie Care & Share facility,” Maxfield said in a press release, “we can provide an inexpensive place for them to live in a supportive environment for an extended time as they continue their journey out of homelessness.”
Housing outside SwitchPoint can be utilized for families who earn a small income but still can’t afford their own apartment. These individuals and families remain homeless, even though they have successfully found a job and are making some money. They just need a little more time and support to become truly independent.
The goal is to help each family graduate from the “Independent Campus” into a traditional apartment or house and be able to achieve self-reliance.
“Dixie Care & Share is ready to complement the homeless shelter services that will be offered by the City of St. George at their new facility,” Maxfield said. “We are excited to be able to offer assistance to clients that have already taken personal initiative.”
Dixie Care & Share will continue to operate as a food bank to serve around 2,500 families per year.
Costs for adjusting the facility, plus the daily costs of operation, will not be covered by the small fee that will be charged to those living in the Independence Campus. Donations will still be needed and Dixie Care & Share asks that the community that has been supportive in the past, continue to donate money, food and volunteer time.
Donations can be made on the Dixie Care & Share website or mail a check to:
Dixie Care & Share
PO Box 2320
St George, UT 84771
Dixie Care and Share
The mission of Dixie Care & Share is to “Provide food and housing for the homeless and families living in poverty in Washington County and facilitate their self-reliance and independence.” Dixie Care & Share, a 501(c)(3) charity based in St. George Utah, is a community organization created and dedicated to helping families in need. The charity creates a way to bring together community resources to operate food banks in St. George and Hurricane and housing for the homeless in Washington County. Additional client services offered include life skills training, employment and housing counseling, and stranded traveler’s services.
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