Leader Staff Writer
The Boys and Girls Club of Box Elder County, the New Hope Crisis Center and the Family Support Center hope to join forces and are eying the old LDS Seminary building in Garland as their new location to offer support in northern Box Elder County.
During Wednesday night’s Garland City Council meeting, Jenny Schultz from the Boys and Girls Club and Annette Macfarlane from New Hope Crisis Center approached the council for city support for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The three groups are applying for the CDBG grant and want to use funds to purchase the building.
The building is currently empty after the Heritage School closed its doors last year. The grant amount they are applying for is $100,000, but the group is applying for other funds to raise enough money.
“Nothing is definite,” said Schultz. “We’re trying to obtain grants first.”
So far the group has had the building inspected and found it in working shape. If they are able to obtain the funds to bring those three organizations to Garland, they will turn the building into a teen center for the Boys and Girls Club, a women’s shelter and a crisis nursery. They will also offer counseling for victims of domestic violence.
“There’s a huge need in that area,” Schultz said. “There needs to be more services. With the layoffs and the economy the way it is, there’s a bigger need.”
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