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MCREST to open new shelter with donated
Gardner White furniture

April 1, 2022

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The day is finally arriving—on April 8, 2022, after years of effort, MCREST will cut the ribbon on our new women and children’s shelter in a ceremony attended by member churches, public officials, and the community.


MCREST raised more than $1.6 million through a two-year capital campaign to better accommodate and enhance the support provided to children experiencing homelessness and their families. More than 1,000 children experience homelessness in Macomb County every year. 


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Our Lady of Hope goes above and beyond in support of MCREST

April 1, 2022

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Pat Dery always carries care packages in her car. She hands them out to people experiencing homelessness, or “anyone who could just use some hope,” she explained.

Dery has been living by that maxim as the MCREST coordinator for Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, St. Clair Shores, for the past 33 years, nearly the 34 years that MCREST has been in existence. She was joined by others on her team, which includes members of St. Isaac Jogue’s Catholic Church, St. Clair Shores, who have been serving MCREST, for fifteen years, “at least,” she estimated.


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Returning Home Campaign meets goal, ensuring that MCREST will continue to provide critical support services

April 1, 2022

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MCREST launched our year-end Returning Home campaign with a $25,000 matching donation from Weingartz to continue to meet the increasing need for our emergency shelter services and permanent housing support during these challenging times.


“Our church partners, sponsors, and each individual supporter committed, this holiday season, to making a return home possible for Macomb County individuals and families experiencing homelessness” said MCREST Executive Director April Fidler. “As a lifelong resident of Macomb County, I’m proud to live in such a deeply caring community.”   

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A Homeless Father Keeps Going for His Children

April 13, 2021

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“That’s a determined man,” a MCREST case manager said of David (not his real name), age 55, who had just walked to the MCREST office to keep an appointment with three teenage children in tow, two with autism, even though he has a bad back and walking hurts.

“I have to keep pushing,” said David, a soft-spoken, slight man, bent with pain. “That’s what parents do for their children. There’s no one else to do it.”


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Moms for Moms Campaign meets goal of furnishing shelter

July 19, 2021

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You did it! Because of you, we have been able to raise enough funds to create a warm and welcoming environment for Macomb County mothers and children experiencing homelessness. Because of you, we will be able to furnish our new shelter.


MCREST successfully raised $65,000 through the generosity of supporters like you to furnish the new shelter. MCREST especially thanks Christian Financial Credit Union


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McGregor Fund grant to fund expansion of Learning & Resource Center

July 19, 2021

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The McGregor Fund has awarded a grant to MCREST to support the expansion of our innovative Learning & Resource Center, also known as the ‘LRC’.


The McGregor Fund grant will enable MCREST to expand the hours of its Learning & Resource Center from three days per week to five.  This will enable us to serve a greater number of people on an on-going basis.  The grant also will allow for the hiring of an assistant to the center director to help staff additional hours...
 


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Monica & Tre’s Story

July 19, 2021

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Monica and her teenage son Tre came to MCREST in April 2021. They had been staying with someone while they were in the process of moving into their own place. Unfortunately, that person stole from them, and they had nowhere to go.

Monica and Tre qualified for the housing program that MCREST assists with. Monica and Tre were chosen by the group to qualify for the program that provides extra help.  The agency that oversees the program contacted...

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MCREST to Launch Moms for Moms Campaign to Furnish New Shelter for Macomb County Mothers and Children

April 13, 2021

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Being a mom is challenging for any woman. But moms experiencing homelessness encounter unique challenges. At MCREST, we wrap moms experiencing homelessness and their children around with support to enable every family to transition to self-reliance. And, beginning May 1, you can help!

 

On May 1, MCREST will launch the Moms for Moms Campaign to furnish a welcoming and transformational new shelter that will provide services to mothers and children experiencing homelessness.



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Malcolm’s Story

April 13, 2021

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For Malcolm, untreated agoraphobia led to a downward spiral of lost jobs, eviction, and homelessness. 

But at MCREST, he made friends and came out of his shell. Now, he envisions a future where he has a home.


The blonde man with the Coke-bottom glasses and the Red Wings baseball cap—though pleasant, even friendly—seems nervous to find himself talking with a stranger.


As he opens up, it becomes clear why Malcolm, 59, is anxious.


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Returning Home Campaign Meets Goal

April 13, 2021

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Because of you, we have been able to raise enough funds to address the critical and growing needs of local mothers and children experiencing homelessness. Because of you, we’re on our way to finishing a permanent women and children’s shelter right here in Macomb County!


Thanks to your generous support, MCREST’s Returning Home Campaign met the goal of raising more than $300,000 for renovations to a Mt. Clemens building that will allow a stable location for homeless children and families to receive support services as they transition to self-reliance. More than 1,000 children experience homelessness in Macomb County each year.

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Spotlight: St. Francis-St. Maximilian

April 13, 2021

By Susan Mooney-Smith
Church Coordinator, St. Francis-St. Maximilian

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Wow, what a year!  Though St. Francis-St. Maximilian adapted our charitable activities with the CDC guidelines, we weren't sure how we would handle our MCREST commitment.  We were not going to need to do the many things we normally do, like transportation and overnight security.  We weren't going to need to plan activities to help our guests enjoy their evening.


What we were going to need is to rethink how we did our meals, with all the CDC guidelines, and the need for the meals to be microwavable.
We started planning right after our Christmas Giving Tree event. It was clear that one of our biggest needs was to raise funds for the cost of the motel rooms.

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