SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has donated to the Utah Pride Center's efforts to provide breakfasts for homeless youths, the center announced Wednesday.
Church officials notified the Utah Pride Center of the donation in a recent grant letter, said Kent Frogley, chairman of the center's board of directors. The Salt Lake-based nonprofit agency serves breakfast every Saturday when the weather gets cold, Frogley said.
"We're just excited that we're able to actually come together on something we think is really beneficial to people in our community who are in need," Frogley said. "When two organizations that don't always agree on everything are able to work together to actually make the world a little bit better, I think that's great. That is really what we're about and what we should focus on, I think."
The Utah Pride Center uses a food bank donation to cover some of its breakfast supplies, Frogley said, but can't get perishable items there. He said the donation, which is the first the LDS Church has made to the center, is a show of goodwill.
"I think it's these first steps that really help us to understand each other, build some trust and realize that it's possible for people who aren't in complete sync in everything to be a force for good and to make positive change in the world," Frogley said.
The LDS Church praised the Utah Pride Center's service to the homeless in a letter approving the donation, which the nonprofit formally requested earlier this year.
“We are grateful to be able to serve your efforts in this worthy project and appreciate the work that you and others are doing related to this initiative," the letter states.
A high proportion of homeless youths are members of the LGBT community, according to Frogley.
"Finding a way to help them make their lives work better to integrate back into the community, to provide them with the basic fundamentals of living, something to eat, is important," he said.
Contributing: Brianna Bodily