SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Work began Wednesday on the site of the future Hope Lodge in Salt Lake City.
It's the American Cancer Society's project and through a lot of community donations will help cancer patients and their families.
Call it a “pay it forward project” times three.
First, the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Saints donated a former church building for the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge.
“There would be no Hope Lodge if it were not for this land donation,” said Pam Higginson, American Cancer Society.
Hope Lodge will be a free place to stay for cancer patients and their caregivers seeking treatment in Salt Lake City.
“It's a home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers,” said Higginson.
Groundbreaking won't begin until the Spring of 2014-- more fundraising still needs to be done.
“We are a little over $12 million and our goal is $18 million and we know with about $3.2 million more we will be ready to dig,” she said.
But already the American Cancer Society is blown away by the support from the community. So in an effort to give back, the Society is ripping up and harvesting materials from the former church and giving it all to Habitat for Humanity.
“Everything from the speakers in the ceiling to light fixtures, doors, hardware, we'll harvest a lot of these materials,” said Ed Blake with Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat plans to sell the materials to anybody who wants them at its restore location and use funds to build houses for families in need.
For more information on the Habitat's restore, click here.
For more information on how to donate to Hope Lodge, click here.