New home for dying homeless will open soon

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) A new refuge for Salt Lake's terminally ill homeless is one step closer to opening. Officials at The Inn Between at 344 South Goshen plan to open the doors by mid August.

Tuesday The Fire Engineering Company of Murray started work on the building that used to be a convent. The company is donating all the time and material to put in a fire sprinkling system which is the last step before the city gives final approval. Josh Weidauer of Fire Engineering says it's a work of love. "Fire Engineering has been in Utah since 1947 and we've learned to love Utah. So it's nice to give back."

Kim Correa of "The Inn Between" has been working on this project for years and it's all coming from private donations. Correa says "It's amazing. It's all I could do not to cry right now, because I'm just overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from Fire Engineering Company.

The non profit ran into zoning problems at the old Guadalupe School next door, so they moved to the old convent which adjoins the school. It was built back in 1954 and was more recently used as a shelter for abused women.

Correa says 50 homeless people died on the streets of Salt Lake last year and The Inn Between will give the terminally ill a place to live the rest of their lives with dignity. She says there is already a waiting list for when they open their doors. Correa says "to see it come to fruition, it won't be until that day that we do really open our doors, that I'll breathe a sigh of relief."

You can learn more about their homeless plans at their website.

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