AROUND THE STATESt. Anne's, a center for Ogden's homeless and transient population, recently learned that it received a $150,000 challenge grant to be used for construction of a new shelter.
Center Director Chuck Rostkowski said he has to raise about $325,000 in order to receive the grant from The Kresge Foundation of Troy, Mich.St. Anne's has been trying to raise $1.4 million for a new shelter and has thus far received about $900,000 in donations.
"The Kresge Foundation usually awards grants to only about 20 percent of the proposals it reviews each year, favoring projects in such areas as high education, social services, health, arts and humanities, the environment and public affairs," explained Rostkowski.
"This grant shows a national foundation of the stature of Kresge has confidence Ogden will respond positively to its challenge and complete this much needed project," the director added.
Even though the total amount of money has yet to be raised, Rostkowski said that ground-breaking ceremonies will be held sometime in May to begin work on the new shelter.
Currently, St. Anne's is providing meals and a place to sleep for those in need out of an old Catholic school building. The new three-story, 500,000-square-foot shelter will provide space for single men, single women and families. If all goes as planned, the new center will open its doors in spring 1992.
"We started this project in faith," said the Reverend Steven Wigdahl, president of St. Anne's Board of Directors. "With the addition of The Kresge Grant we are nearer our goal of a new facility from which to serve those in need.
"We know that through the gifts to this project, Christ's presence is reflected in the world," Wigdahl added.
St. Anne's has been in operation for about 10 years now and the facility has served thousands of people in need.