SwitchPoint seeks public help with donation drive, funding housing project

The Switchpoint Community Resource Center, St. George, Utah, Aug. 21, 2018 | File photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE The SwitchPoint Community Resource Center is asking for the public’s help with a donation drive this week, as well as raising money needed for an affordable housing project to be built in St. George.

“Gifts of the Heart” donation drive

The “Gifts of the Heart” donation drive is a service project organized by the Dixie Latter-day Saint Singles group for the benefit of SwitchPoint clients and others and will be taking place between Thursday and Saturday at the LDS church located at 591 W. 500 North in St. George.

Donations of clothing and small household items are being asked for Thursday, with volunteers being asked to help sort through those donations Friday. Donated items will then be given to SwitchPoint shelter residents, as well as those moving into affordable housing, on Saturday.

Once this is done, anyone from the community is welcome to go through and take what they need.

Leftover items will be given to the Switchpoint thrift store for sale.

Schedule

  • Thursday, Oct. 11: Donations may be dropped off between 6-8 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 12: Volunteers are needed starting at 9 a.m. to help sort through donations. Donations can also be brought in during this time.
  • Saturday, Oct. 13: Donated items will be given to shelter residents and those moving into affordable housings from 8-9 a.m.

Members of the community are welcome to take what they need from the remaining donations from 9-10 a.m.

A list of requested items can be found on Switchpoint’s website.

Raising money for affordable housing project

“Affordable housing is the solution to ending homelessness,” Switchpoint officials posted on Facebook last week. “We have raised $10 million in order to build an affordable housing unit here in St. George but are short $500K. In order to break ground this year, we need your help!”

An unnamed donor is willing to match every dollar donated up to $175,000, the post states.

The primary goal is to reach $500,000 by Nov. 1.

The public can donate funds online here.

The affordable housing development has been in the works since 2016 and will be set in the area of East Riverside Drive behind Millcreek High School. Called the RiverWalk Village apartments, the project will offer a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-room apartments.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

Twitter: @MoriKessler

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