Intermountain Healthcare donates $1 million to Shelter the Homeless campaign

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) The homeless shelter under construction at 131 East, 700 South, in Salt Lake City, Dec. 21, 2018.

A fundraising campaign for three new homeless resource centers in Salt Lake County received a $1 million donation from Intermountain Healthcare, according to a Wednesday announcement by Shelter the Homeless.

“Intermountain’s goal of helping people to live the healthiest lives possible extends to everyone,” Mikelle Moore, Intermountain’s senior vice president of community health, said in a prepared statement. “We hope to support community organizations that improve prevention, detection, and management of chronic diseases, including those experiencing homelessness that will be served by the partners of Shelter the Homeless, who are even more vulnerable to these conditions.”

According to Shelter the Homeless, which owns the three shelter properties, donations toward the Home4Change campaign now total $4 million from individuals, businesses and foundations. Those gifts will be matched, up to $10 million, by a grant from the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation.

“Housing stability is a key determinant for both physical and mental health,” Preston Cochrane, executive director of Shelter the Homeless, said in a prepared statement. "Intermountain’s donation will help facilitate access to health services and improve quality of life to those individuals receiving services in the new resource centers.”

The three new homeless resource centers — two in Salt Lake City and one in South Salt Lake — are scheduled to open this year, replacing the current shelter operated by The Road Home. The facilities are meant to combine traditional shelter operations with community support services.