Governor says give to the homeless

Gov. Gary Herbert urged Utahns to donate to the homeless during his visit to the Volunteers of America (VOA) Adult Detoxification Center Thursday. He also highlighted the opportunity for Utahns to directly help individuals and families experiencing homelessness by donating to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund.

“We’re number one in the nation for charitable giving, so I encourage everyone to give to this trust fund generously,” he said. “We have individuals and families who are homeless in all of our counties. It’s hard to be a functioning member of our community, to find a job when you don’t have a home.”

The Adult Detoxification Center provides drug rehabilitation servies to approximately 2,800 individuals–most of whom are homeless. Day-to-day, it can serve 60 people at a time.

The governor met with several formerly homeless individuals and a family who received critical care and support that was funded, in part, by the homeless trust fund.

The Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund was established to receive non-tax deductible donations from individuals and businesses on their state tax form.

All donations to the fund go directly to services organizations statewide that work with individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

The annual tax campaign highlights the opportunity Utahns have to donate directly to the trust fund, which enables vital services and assistance to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.