OGDEN -- St. Anne's Center officials are planning to kick off a capital campaign within two months to raise the bulk of $7 million needed to build a new homeless shelter complex.
The 42,000-square-foot complex is slated to be built on about 5 acres at 33rd Street and Pacific Avenue donated by the city, said Jenifer Canter, executive director of St. Anne's Center.
Construction may start in the fall and is expected to last 10 months, she said.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has allocated $1.5 million, and the George S. Eccles and Delores Dore Eccles Foundation has pledged up to $1 million for the complex. The Eccles donation is contingent on St. Anne's raising $4 million for the project, Canter said.
Allan and Kay Lipman, of Ogden, are heading up a capital campaign to raise the rest of the funds.
Allan Lipman is a former chief executive officer with Amalgamated Sugar, headquartered in Ogden, while his wife, Kay, has been involved in numerous local fundraising efforts, Canter said.
Kay Lipman said she and her husband have been hosts for small group tours at the three-story, 27,000-square-foot St. Anne's Center, 137 W. Binford Ave., to demonstrate the need for a new, larger facility.
St. Anne's will tear down its existing building but will retain ownership of the property where the building sits.
The new complex will include a 35,000-square-foot homeless shelter, a 4,000-square-foot dining building and a 3,000-square-foot warehouse to house donated items, Canter said.
The homeless shelter building will also have 14 family rooms and an overflow area capable of housing individuals year-round.
The complex also may house offices for Weber Human Services and Utah Department of Workforce Services personnel to serve the homeless, Canter said.
Having personnel on site will be beneficial because the complex will be about two miles from downtown Ogden, where the main offices for Weber Human Services and Workforce Services are, Canter said.
"Transportation is tough for the homeless," she said.
The public is invited to tour the existing shelter so they can better understand the need for a new facility.
For more information or to donate funds to the new facility, call Canter at 801-621-5036.