After almost two years of effort securing a Conditional Use Permit, Interfaith Sanctuary was given the green light to begin construction at the old Salvation Army building.
The homeless shelter will celebrate with a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, April 18 at 10 a.m, at 4308 W. State St.
The project will take 12 to 15 months to complete and will grow from the current 30,000 square feet to 42,500 square feet with the addition of a complete second story for the family shelter building. The new shelter will include a medical dorm and hospice rooms for visitors in need of increased medical care. There will be 20 private rooms in a second building disconnected from the campus, but on the same property.
“The most important thing about this building, which is different from emergency shelters, is that anyone who’s staying at that shelter can stay day and night,” Executive Director of Interfaith Sanctuary Jodi Peterson-Stigers, said. “It doesn’t require you to check in at 5 p.m. and leave at 7 a.m. and then figure it out all day long. This building is big enough to allow all the guests to utilize the classrooms, the programming, and a dining room that can accommodate everyone…”
The upgraded shelter will include a family dining room, a single adult dining room, a day shelter for adults that has supportive services, and case management computers. It will also include a back property that allows visitors to be outside, but safe and secure, where they can’t be preyed on if they are part of a vulnerable population, Peterson-Stigers added.
“That’s the magic of this space, is giving someone a space day and night, which is the key to really improving outcomes because you’re taking all the trauma away,” she said. “It reduces the amount of negative energy you receive as a homeless person on a daily basis.”
As well as providing a safer setting for families, children and senior citizens, the new shelter location will provide more opportunities to create a meaningful experience for guests, through classrooms dedicated to recovery, mental health, art therapy, food service training and Micron workforce training.
Interfaith Sanctuary invited members of the community to help support the project through Build HOPE, “People can buy bricks and engrave them with names or sayings to help us raise the funds for what has turned into a pretty expensive project,” she added. According to Interfaith Sanctuary:
The main building (to house single men and women) and will include:
The adjacent 2-story building will include the Family Housing Program.
The family rooms will include:
Men’s and Women’s outdoor offerings:
Family side outdoor offerings (separated from the adult population with a fence to provide privacy for families):