The Switchpoint Model – Seeing the Person Behind the Circumstance
A number of years ago Rod and I decided that rather than give Christmas gifts, we would donate food and money to Dixie Care and Share, the homeless shelter in St George. When Carol, the executive director, took over and opened Switchpoint we were amazed and inspired by her vision and commitment to create more than a shelter, but rather a complete resource center to move people out of poverty to more self-reliance. We knew we wanted to be more involved and began volunteering at the food pantry, which has become the third largest pantry in the state of Utah.
We were fortunate to meet the people we were serving and realized that we had a lot to learn and perhaps had misjudged the reasons for their circumstances. It was amazing to see how Carol and the Switchpoint staff treated each individual with absolute respect; how they could see the person behind the need without the judgement of what brought them there. In turn, we watched people rise up and return to hope, abilities and confidence. We also witnessed that people are very generous during the holidays, but forget the many needs year-round for these families, both for donations and service hours. We encourage everyone to get involved in whatever capacity. Call them and find out how you can help. It will be the best feel good hours of your day! — Jeff L.
Food Pantry Hours
How to Receive Food Assistance
If you are in need of emergency food assistance, please visit us during our pantry hours. At the pantry, you will have the opportunity to meet with our pantry counselors to *assess your situation and review your budget. You must fall within the federal poverty guidelines. It is necessary to bring the following documentation with you to the food pantry when seeking assistance:
- Picture ID for everyone 18 years of age and older
- One of the following for everyone in the household:
- Social Security Card
- Medicare or Medicaid Card
- Birth Certificate
- INS Issued Document
- Proof of Household Income: (Any of the following)
- Most Recent Pay Check Stub
- Bank Statement Showing Direct Deposit
- Letter of Benefits
*During this meeting, a pantry counselor will determine if the food pantry is the appropriate resource to help meet your basic needs. This link has the intake form that is required for new clients. Download the Pantry Application Form.