Utah’s new homeless shelters have come into the spotlight once again, this time because brand new facilities are opening up to crowds of homeless too large for them to manage. Overflow centers are already in use, and advocates have expressed concern about accommodating people in need over the winter.
Besides speaking up in support of policies that help to tackle the myriad issues that contribute to homelessness, community members can do something else to help the homeless this season: donate.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Homeless services in Utah accept donations in cash or goods to help serve our homeless community members. Please consider donating warm clothing, winter coats, underwear, socks, boots, hygiene items, pajamas, bedding — including sleeping bags and twin size sheets — as well as non-perishable food items, snacks, and water bottles. Find out more about individual needs and drop off locations by visiting the websites of these homeless resources: