Summer Quarter Newsletter ~ April - July 2019
has a Soup Kitchen??
YES! How it came to be...
Just over four years ago, Switchpoint Community Resource Center expanded its services to include a community soup kitchen, serving free hot meals Monday through Friday from 11:45 am until 1:00 pm in Grace Episcopal Church located at 1072 East 900 South in St. George.
Although hundreds of people utilize this service on a weekly basis, not many know about the Switch
Soup Kitchen and fewer know how it began.
Jim Roberts, board member and former Director of the Community Soup Kitchen explains, “The soup kitchen was started because the Catholic Church had remodeled and torn out their kitchen. The need was great to help struggling individuals in the city, so a couple from the Catholic Church began serving sandwiches out of the back of their truck.” When Rev. Catherine Gregg heard what they were doing she offered the kitchen at Grace Episcopal Church to the sandwich makers, Rich and Jess. Grateful for the offer Rich and Jess officially began serving lunches two days a week out of the church kitchen.
“My wife and I were serving as lead volunteers and asked to take over the Soup Kitchen. It was a great responsibility, but we knew we could find more people like ourselves who were committed and concerned about helping their community. We went first to SunRiver and were able to get over 150 volunteers!” said Roberts.
“We realized we needed to implement funding. Up to this point, the volunteers were buying all the supplies themselves to cook. Tim Martin, through Dixie Care & Share, helped us get grants from the LDS Bishop’s Storehouse. This was a tremendous relief for our kitchen.”
In addition, the owner of
The Egg & I
donated 5% of all gross sales for a day which turned out to be $2,000! She then went a step further and put in $500 of her own money to help the soup kitchen go from serving 2 days a week to 3 days a week.
We knew we needed to be serving meals 5 days a week. David Dangerfield, Switchpoint Board Chairman, helped spearhead a campaign to double the donations and worked to help attract more volunteers in order to have teams serving each day.”
By 2014, the kitchen was able to get 38 volunteer teams assembled to expand to 5 days a week.
As Dixie Care & Share was closing, the soup kitchen needed a non-profit to fall under so they could continue to apply for food grants. Roberts continues, “In 2015, I approached Carol Hollowell with the Friends of Switchpoint non-profit. Carol was wonderful and agreed to have the soup kitchen come under the umbrella of Switchpoint.”
The Switchpoint Soup Kitchen serves approximately 35,000 meals a year
with the help of Switchpoint’s continued efforts and grant writing to purchase much needed food supplies, however, much more is necessary as the need continues to grow.
To learn more about this program and ways you can help support the Switchpoint Soup Kitchen, please visit
or contact Linda Stay at 435-628-9310, ext. 203.
t’s always exciting at Switchpoint to find innovative ways to overcome
the barriers our clients face.
Including being the winner of the
Spring 2019 Social Investors Forum by Community Foundation of Utah being awarded a $100,000, 0% interest loan for Step
ping Stones, a 24/7 childcare facility, which we are currently working on securing a building with hopes to be open by the end of 2019.
On the horizon we are working to further help those that are struggling with addiction to support them in changing the trajectory of their lives.
One thing is true, as we continue to provide opportunities of growth and learning for those struggling in our community,
we are empowering families, we are changing lives, and we are changing the face of poverty
for future generations; empowering our community to stand shoulder to shoulder with their neighbor to change the world one family at a time.
I encourage you to share our mission with your friends, family and neighbors. We need volunteers and donors to move the needle on breaking the cycle of poverty.
Thank you from every part of my heart,
Affordable Housing Project Breaks Ground
While building a 55-unit apartment complex aimed at providing accessible housing for St. George’s working poor may be a “drop in the bucket” when compared to an overall need of 1,800 units, it’s a step in the right direction, according to advocates and city officials who attended the groundbreaking of
The complex will also feature onsite case management and classes for residents geared toward promoting self-sufficiency. It will sport a playground, a community garden and other amenities residents will be able to take advantage of.
Stepping Stones Non-Traditional Child Care Coming!
The Switchpoint has plans to open Stepping Stones, a daycare center that will offer overnight and weekend services for families in need. The center will be the first of its kind in St. George, offering non-traditional overnight hours childcare on weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends.
“There are many people who don’t have anybody that can help them in the evenings or on weekends when they have to go to work. Many times they have to forgo better paying jobs because of it," - Switchpoint CFO Sonjia Naron.
The center will be open to children of all ages and all families in the community, regardless of whether they currently use Switchpoint’s services.
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Volunteers - The HEART of Switch
Chantel Peterson - Inspires Community to Acknowledge Mothers in Need
Chantel Peterson, Esthetician, sent out a call on Facebook to organize an amazing Mother’s Day event for all the moms staying at Switchpoint.
She worked with over dozens of community members and local businesses who donated gift cards from many local businesses to create a “shopping spree” for the kids at Switchpoint. The children were able to assemble their perfect present to be given to their mother on the special day. She also provided a photographer to take pictures of the event and photos with mom.
"What many of you don’t know is that my mama is actually my paternal grandmother who has raised me since I was two years old. My own mother was homeless, with two children she was struggling to raise, due to a brain injury, mental illness, and life circumstances... I had the idea to give back this Mother’s Day, extending past my own mother and grandmother, to those struggling mothers who might not normally be praised for being a mother...This post is being offered as an invitation to join me here, or wherever you are living, to donate to your local homeless shelter..."
Because of Chantel's courage to open up and share her story and her desire to help those who often go unrecognized, 10 mothers staying with Switchpoint along with their children were able to create an exceptionally special day together making new friends along with sweet and lasting memories they will forever cherish as they continue to progress toward self-sufficiency.
Staff Highlight - Meet Klint
CLINICAL DIRECTOR, KLINT HUGHES, LCSW
Klint graduated with his bachelor’s in Social Work and Sociology from Idaho State University. He obtained his Master of Social Work from Walla Walla University.
Klint is no stranger to homelessness. He has served on the Local Homeless Coordinating Committee (LHCC) for the past 6 years, serving as a state representative for the local LHCC.
Klint is passionate about helping others in need. He is actively involved in his community and serves on several community and civic groups.
Klint truly believes “It Takes All Of Us”
He looks forward to assisting community members with finding resources to help them manage their mental health and substance abuse. Klint is excited to assist Switchpoint with their Substance Use Disorder program in an effort to help all community members who are struggling with addiction regardless of social and economic factors.
When not in the office Klint likes to be outside camping, hiking, coaching flag football and helping his 5 kids raise cows and goats for FFA and 4-H projects.
Crossover Recovery Center coming in 2020!
Today we are thrilled to announce a unique approach to assist those individuals in our community who are struggling with addiction and chemical dependency.
Crossover Recovery Center is a 47-bed residential treatment facility that will be located in Hilldale, Utah.
The facility’s mission is to improve the physical, spiritual, and emotional health of the alcohol and chemically dependent adult person and their family through an
system of addiction services based on a balanced program of patient care and education.
Crossover Recovery Center recognizes that drug and alcohol addiction is a chronic disease. We also know that recovery is dependent upon adopting a new way of life.
Crossover Recovery Center was designed specifically to provide those in poverty the opportunity to receive help dealing with their addiction so they can move forward and start their path to recovery.
If you would like to learn more about this program or find out ways you can help, call 435-628-9310 or email:
Here at Switchpoint, we have been working hard to create an environment that allows residents of our emergency shelter and community members the opportunity to come together to learn and grow. What better way than through community classes?
Our updated community room is amazing and ready for you and your community learning event! Please check our website at
and click on the
tab. Once you are there, you can view our upcoming class schedule that is open to the community.
We have Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Fathering with Love & Logic, GOGI Life Skills as well as USARA and a FREE beginners Hip Hop class.
Be sure to check our calendar often as we are adding new classes frequently.
If you have a class idea or would like to learn more about our upcoming schedule, please contact Morgan Barrick 435-628-9310, ext. 103.
With gratitude we recognize our donors
for leading the way
taking up the cause - addressing the complex issues of homelessness.
AMBASSADOR LEVEL $50,000+
Curtis & Martha Anderson
Lindsey & Laura Atwood
Ken & Shelly Weisbacher
Miller Family Philanthropy
Jeff Love & Rod Ludlow
Jim & Sue Ann Roberts
Scott & Dorothy Watkins
Ted O. Sorensen Family
VISIONARY LEVEL $10,000+
Nick & Mary Bujanovich
C3M Family Foundation
Community of Christ
Bruce & Shari Jenkins
New Promise Lutheran
Brooks & June Pace
Brent & Karen Slife
Security Service F.C.U.
Southern Utah Home Builders Association
SunRiver St George Realty LC
EMPOWERMENT LEVEL $5,000+
Clark, Sandra Jo Benson
Clyde Properties LLC
Bill & Ginny Compton
Pat M. Evans
John & Margie Harris
Nan & Ben Hendricksen
Clyde & Toni Johnston
Larry H. Miller Charities
Luke & Faliesha Meng
SFC Charitable Foundation
Stanley & Carmen Snow
Ronald & Jane Stoughton
SunRiver Community Assoc.
Three Corner Women’s
Bodie & Millie Topham
Utah Dixie Detachment
Marine Corps League
Utah Family Foundation
MONTHLY MISSION DONORS
Curtis & Martha Anderson
Shannon & James Anderson
Craig & Jan Astle
Lindsey & Laura Atwood
Brian & Peggy Beer
Joe & Rowdy Bowcutt
Gai Bowler Cannon
Ron & Yvonne Carter
Charles & Jody Cobbley
Becky & Tom Colvin
Linda & Dick Colvin
Bill & Judy Edwards
Todd & Pam Doughty
First Class Landscaping
Maren & Kevin Fisher
Janet & Arthur Haines
Donald & Meija Harper
Lisa & Monte Holm
Clarelynn & Ron Jones
MONTHLY MISSION DONORS
Marc C Mortensen
Sonjia & Randy Naron
Brooks & June Pace
Gary & Linda Parker
Raymond Nephi Miller Family Living Trust
Bruce Dale Skinner
Steve & Linda Stay
Tech Ridge Mangmt, LLC
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SW UT
Paul Van Dam
Robin & Yvonne Wall
David & Kathleen Westerby
Jeffrey & Tamara Young
MAR-JUL 2019 DONORS
MAR - JUL 2019 DONORS
Steve and Claire Austin
Edward & Karen Baca
Mrs. Susan Barry
Joe & Sarah Bigler
Barry D. Burrus
Cello Society of Southern Utah
Diamond One A Professional LLC
Dixie Escalante Foundation Inc.
Doterra Discover LLC
Edelman Financial Engines
Barbara L. Gardner
Jodi M. Gardner
Vivian & John Gardner
Gail Padwick Gates
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
Grace Episcopal Church
Matthew F. Hafen
Nan K. Hendrickson
Wayne & Linda Hepworth
Carol & Bob Hollowell
Judy & David Huber
Jensen & Sons Construction Inc.
Joe Andrus Insurance Agency
Knights of Columbus
Vic Giasson Council
Merrie & Paul Lee
Adam & Belinda Lenhard
Ronald & Betty Marianetti
Margaret T Marshall
Rose and Dan McKee
MJB Real Estate Co.
Moffatt Living Trust
Mike & Dana Naylor
Sherril & Kenneth Newby
James & Kathryn Ott
Phil & Nancy Stricklin
Sun River Pottery Club
Dawn L. Taylor
John G. Taylor
Cheryl Bailey Thompson
Frank & Ann Tsantes
Utah Dixie Detachment Marine Corps League
Kimberly K. Van Gils
Catherine & Jeffrey Volp
Wilkinson Electric Inc.
Judith & Thomas Witt
Shirley A. Woods
We invite you to join us for our Vision tours held each Friday at noon or
call Linda - 435-628-9310 ext 203 to schedule a time for your group.
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