Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Adult detoxification center expands due to pressing need
Donations sought » Utah’s Volunteers of America has run center for 26 years
First Published Jan 17 2013 06:02 pm • Last Updated Jan 18 2013 10:29 am

After 38 years of "drinking and drugging," Maryland native Sam Carter is now clean and overflowing with gratitude.

"I’m so proud of a place like this. The staff is beautiful — they changed my life," said the 53-year-old Carter as he stood in the Adult Detoxification Center that the Volunteers of America-Utah have operated at 252 W. Brooklyn Ave. in Salt Lake City for the past 26 years.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

The small two-story building is growing by 2,000 square feet in order to accommodate more clients in a safer and more efficient manner.

"We’re going to provide more room, more bathrooms, more beds for people in need in this community," VOA-Utah President Kathy Bray said during a Thursday afternoon event that unveiled a fundraising campaign to finance the $800,000 in upgrades.

During the past year, 1,737 individuals found the help and support here to wrest themselves away from the clutches of addiction. However, 1,300 requests for service went unmet due to the site’s limited capacity.

"These are people from every ZIP code in Salt Lake County," Bray said of the clients that come through their doors, "our brothers and our sisters, our daughters and our parents. It could be your neighbor."

Last year, 600 people were diverted from the Salt Lake County jail to the detox center, Bray said.

"We are making a difference and there are more people out there who need us," Bray added, noting that they’ve had to turn away three to four people every day in recent years.

The humanitarian arm of the LDS Church donated $200,000 to the center, and Sharon Eubank, director of LDS Charities, encouraged the community to step up and "match that grant."

"If you don’t feel like you have very much to offer, what you have is enough," Eubank said. "The issues that are dealt with here touch every family in the community, and we know that."


story continues below
story continues below

The expansion will add four more bathrooms, five staff offices and 10 additional beds for recovery, along with remodeling of the client intake, laundry and reception areas. Transitional living will move upstairs to be housed in separate quarters from the 56-bed detoxification dorm on the main level.

Of the 66 total beds that the expanded facility will be able to offer, 50 will be for men, six for women and 10 for transitional living. VOA-Utah also operates a Center for Women and Children in Murray, which specifically targets female addicts and alcoholics who are homeless.

"We’re less than a month away from it being finished," Zachary Bale, VOA-Utah’s vice-president of external relations, said of the construction that began about two months ago.

Coming off of drugs and alcohol can be dangerous, Bale said, "so we work closely with medical providers to ensure that clients are safe while they detox."

Carter stayed in transitional living at the center for about 10 months, working in its kitchen. His addictions had masked his diabetes, which staff at the Fourth Street Clinic discovered a few years ago, Carter said. He now faithfully takes insulin four times a day.

"When they told me I had diabetes, it blew me away," Carter said.

Carter and others who have emerged from detox and continued on the road of recovery represent the center’s "quantifiable outcomes," said community advocate Pamela Atkinson

"You can say ‘they made it . . . they’ve turned their lives around,’ " Atkinson said as she held up the $500 check she’d recently written to help match the LDS grant.

Donations for the Adult Detoxification Expansion Project can be given online, or checks can be mailed to Volunteers of America Utah, 435 West Bearcat Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84115. For more information, call 801-363-9414.

Next Page >


Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.