Church donates $1.5 million to help build new shelter in Ogden

Plans to move St. Anne's Center to a location outside of downtown Ogden got a huge boost Wednesday with the announcement that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will donate $1.5 million to help build the new shelter complex.

"Our purpose is to care for the poor and needy, and there are needs in Ogden that we want to help," Ronald G. Humphries, the church's regional director for temporal affairs, said after announcing the donation.

"For some time, we have been providing housing through the Bishop's Storehouse. That's not our area of expertise. It really should be done through the community, and we're happy to support the community."

He said the donation is in keeping with admonitions from LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson that the church help the poor.

"We are the Lord's hands here on the earth to help in lifting up and doing everything possible to help them," he said.

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