The Miller family recently announced their plan to match up to $10 million in donations for programs and services at three homeless shelters being built in Salt Lake County. The Millers are the owners of the NBA's Utah Jazz and more than 60 car dealerships
"We can't afford to turn our back on the homeless and those who are less fortunate," said owner Gail Miller, owner of Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. "We cannot afford to sacrifice the future of the children affected by homelessness. We must give them hope."
It's anticipated that the new shelters will open by July 2019. The facilities will provide comprehensive, all-day services to connect homeless people with jobs, treatment and housing.
The Miller family's generosity is "going to change lives," said Kathy Bray, president and CEO of Volunteers of America, Utah.
The donation will not be used toward the approximate $45 million cost necessary to build the new structures or the two-year shelter-area law enforcement effort.
Donations toward services will be matched dollar for dollar by the Millers, and can be made online.
"There are a lot of people that can help with the bricks and mortar, who understand that part. We have to have that," Miller said. "But we can't just have a building that sits there. It's got to have a heart. It's got to have the things inside that make it work."