Transitional housing facility set to open in Provo

- Provo, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Years of hard work, dedication and overcoming challenges will pay off for a Utah County non-profit group this week.

Monday, will be the grand opening for a new transitional housing facility that will help those down on their luck, get back on their feet.

The vision began in 2009 when the Food and Care Coalition moved into its new 36,000 square foot facility in Provo.

The center provides services for low income and homeless clients in Utah County.

"Meeting their basic needs, such as food, three meals a day Monday through Friday as well on the weekends, two meals a day on Saturday and Sunday," said President and CEO, Brent Crane.

The organization also teams up with about 25 partners to provide other services like laundry, dental care, barber services and employment counseling.

A key piece to a successful transition has been missing though, until now.

"Finally, that day has come through. We watched our money and scrapped our pennies together and we are able to open up the facility upstairs," said Board Member, Craig Klein.

The facility upstairs is a 38 person transitional housing unit.

"They'll be able to come in for a few weeks all the way up to several months and maybe beyond, depending on their circumstances," said Crane.

A stable home as clients work to improve their lives and learn the skills they need to become productive members of society.

"Whether it's a lack of skills, whether it's a lack of education we want them to address that. If there are addiction barriers, we want them to address that," said Crane.

It’s an effort to reach out to those in need. Not just in word, but in deed.

"It's one thing to talk about paying attention to the homeless or the impoverished or the hungry, it's another thing to actually go and meet them where they are," said Klein.

The grand opening doesn’t mean the need ends there.

The Food and Care Coalition is still in need of financial donations to keep the program up and running.

They are also looking for volunteers to give of their time.

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