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.
Meanwhile, the churches that MCREST relies on to host its rotating emergency shelter temporarily closed in response to the spread of COVID-19.
A QUICK RESPONSE
MCREST quickly responded to the crisis, sheltering individuals and families experiencing homelessness in a local motel since March 15, 2020. Our congregations, even though they could not host, continued to provide three meals per day, feeding approximately 200 guests every day since October 2020.
Close to half of the guests at the motel are families. The kids attend Roseville schools virtually. Our dedicated staff assured that each student had a laptop or tablet to attend school. The students are completing homework and studying, working hard towards high academic performance.
Thanks to the generosity of Michigan foundations, our church members, service organizations, our loyal supporters, and the Macomb County Emergency Management, MCREST was able to keep our guests safe and warm throughout 2020.