Macomb Co. nonprofit to open shelter for homeless women and children

Mount clemens – A decades-old Macomb County nonprofit is gearing up for the spring opening of its first shelter for homeless women and children.

The Macomb County Regional Emergency Shelter Team (MCREST) ​​facility, located in a previously vacant building at 215 S. Main Street, will house about 45 women and children for up to 90 days at a time, the Detroit told The Detroit executive director of the group, April Fidler. News.

MCREST raised $ 1.6 million to renovate the three-story building in downtown Mount Clemens through a two-year capital campaign.

The shelter is expected to open to guests in April. It has bedrooms on each of the three levels, a women’s common area with a fireplace, and a children’s playroom.

“These are people who would otherwise have to line up at one of the 30 churches in the area that provide shelter overnight,” Fidler said. “With this new facility, we are able to provide some life stabilization to the homeless until resources can be found to help them live independently.

The MCREST shelter will provide food, education and training services for homeless women and children. The site will include a Learning and Resource Center for your guests to get assistance with job and resume creation and will offer after-school tutoring.

Officials said they hope to transition shelter families to permanent housing and help them find secure work.

From left to right, April Fidler, Executive Director of MCREST, with Rachel Stewart, President of Gardner White, talks about the new children's playroom and how families will use it during a tour of the newly renovated homeless shelter in MCREST in downtown Mount Clemens.

Fidler said there are 45 women and children in Macomb County on any given day who suddenly need a safe and warm place to spend the night. On any given night, churches and temporary shelters, including hotels, become home to 260 guests in Macomb County. Almost half of the beds are occupied by children.

More than 1,000 children are left homeless in Macomb County each year, he noted.

2 Comments

  1. I heard about you on the news on Tuesday, January 11 that you need scarves and hats I’m a 65 year old German lady what do I do crochet And give it away
    I wonder if I can get your address and drop off some scarves and hats for the people who are staying with ,When you open your doors

  2. I heard about you on the news on Tuesday, January 11 that you need scarves and hats I’m a 65 year old German lady what do I do crochet And give it away
    I wonder if I can get your address and drop off some scarves and hats for the people who are staying with ,When you open your doors.I like the address from Mcrest
    So I can take my hat and scarfs to them.Thank you

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