Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 9, 2021
Thankful for proposed homeless resource center

I am writing in response to an article written by Ceilly Sutton on February 2, 2021. It was titled “Plans for homeless resource center discussed during Tooele City Council meeting.” I wanted to let you know how grateful I am for this article. 

I have noticed over the last few years that there is a growing need for our community to help our homeless population. I was excited to hear about Switchpoint Community Resource Center planning to open a homeless resource community center where the old Harris Elementary school is. The plan to begin construction in June, to help this struggling population, is outstanding! 

According to the article, it states that there are 29 homeless people here in Tooele county and that is 29 too many. 

I had no idea how much that population had grown, and it is probably going to increase over the next few years. Tooele County is filled with caring and generous citizens and we can’t let these people be homeless any longer.  

I love the plan to have emergency housing for males and females, and especially for families. I love that there will be another food pantry, a kitchen, a 24-hour childcare and so much more to help the homeless. Will these resources be made available to others in our community that may not be homeless but struggle with financial difficulties? 

I think the layout of the project outlined in the article is phenomenal and is very needed in Tooele county. If I wanted to support this homeless resource center, what could I do? How could I and others get more involved with this program? I feel sad that there is even a need for homeless housing and resources in our county, but I am so grateful for Switchpoint and other community members for stepping up and making this happen.

Thank you for writing this article and informing us of this great opportunity we all have to help the homeless people in our area! 

Rebekah Furniss


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