Brent Crane's Christmas wish came early this year.
On Monday morning the executive director of the Food and Care Coalition received an e-mail from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Services and LDS Charities announcing a donation of $341,000 to be given to the coalition immediately to go toward its transitional housing center in south Provo.
"We're very grateful for those who have stepped forward," Crane said. "We have faith the remaining funds will come in so we can get people of the streets this winter."
While this donation puts them closer to goal of $700,000, there is nearly $240,00 still needed before they can operate those rooms. Crane must be able to have proof that he has enough money to operate the shelter for one year before the board of directors will allow the upper floor to be opened to homeless singles and couples.
The LDS Charities donation will be enough to finish off the living quarters that will house 26 homeless men and 12 women.
"Caring for those in need is a basic tenet of the church. It is a pleasure for us to support this effort," said Melvin Gardner, manager of field operations in the church's Welfare Services.
Crane said it will purchase flooring, complete plumbing and electrical work and all of the other small and sundry items that go into making a comfortable room. Shelving, beds and even pillows are on the list.
"We can at last finish the units," Crane said. "This was a big part of the puzzle."
Crane said the coalition leadership had contacted the LDS Charities several months ago. "We contacted them when we started the project. Now we can push ahead quickly and get ready for operations while we work on the rest of our monetary goal."