The Shelter of Flint serves more than 1000 homeless adults and children every day! The average stay for their client is 37 days and they consistently report 90% in positive housing destinations. While they have many success stories, let us share just one:
After having difficulty finding suitable housing in Lansing and having a few homeless episodes, Angie returned to Flint to be near family. She came to the Shelter of Flint with her 2-year-old son, Christopher, who has special needs. While at the shelter, her son made friends and gained the courage to begin walking. She was able to get help finding a house and received a care package of household items when leaving the shelter. Angie and her family have been in their house for over a year. Her son is in school and is walking all over the place. Angie is taking classes at MI Works and works from home as a part-time beautician.
“The shelter helps you move forward. They motivate you to get out of the situation you are in and not be in that situation again. Shelter of Flint rocks!” Angie
On February 23, 13 volunteers from our church went to serve at the Shelter of Flint. We organized their attic storage, sorted their recent donations, cleaned the playroom and the one-stop building, washed the resident’s halls and washed/waxed their dining room floor. Our church family helped them make a difference in our world using our time, talents and treasure (we use some of our mission budget to support their essential services).
The Shelter of Flint has several essential programs:
- The provide emergency shelter for the homeless
- They provide transitional and permanent housing
- They provide comprehensive housing placement services in Genesee County
- They provide the Homeless Outreach program as a point of entry into services for Genesee County including street outreach, wrap around services that partner with other community agencies, and information and referrals for needed services