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

April 13, 2021

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

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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MCREST Steps Up During COVID-19

April 13, 2021

This past year was challenging for us all... But MCREST stepped up to the plate on behalf of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.


On April 16, 2020, Crain’s Detroit reported that more than one million Michiganders made unemployment claims in the past month, over 20 percent of the state’s workforce, shattering all past records. Macomb County saw a surge in individuals and families seeking housing and food
assistance, especially families with children experiencing homelessness for the first time.

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Returning Home Campaign Meets Goal

April 13, 2021

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

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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