Situated in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, Ascend Basic Needs Center provides day services, laundry, and more to individuals experiencing homelessness. The mission of Ascend Basic Needs Center is to help homeless individuals achieve self-actualization through designing for dignity, safety and protection, privacy, and diversity.
It was important that the user would feel safe, have privacy, and feel dignified in the space. Ample space for belongings was required for perceived safety. Outside the bathroom and restrooms are private lockers to aid in safety and privacy as well. Bright colors, and interesting textures and quality material show the user that someone cares and allows them to feel dignified.