The Refuge is a transitional housing program. It is designed to assist homeless individuals and families that reside in Lapeer County and who are ready, willing and able to transition out of homelessness.
The program's overall objective is for residents to become self-sufficient, and maintain secure income and safe housing. This is accomplished through onsite resources as well as through collaboration with other agencies.
Eligible residents may stay up to 6 months.
The Refuge is a non-profit faith based ministry operated by a board of directors and run by volunteers from area churches and individuals throughout Lapeer County.
Our program is structured, emphasizing support and accountability. The rules that are in place encourage a safe and healthy environment for all residents. In addition, our program requires abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
The Refuge's program offers:
Two people are contracted to work as Overnight Supervisors.
A lot of things need to happen before we can open our transitional house.
2. Lend a hand!
There's a lot of jobs big and small that will help make this program successful. Follow this link to find out more.
3. Financial support.
We'll need to raise money for overnight staff, as well as for all the little expenses that comes with a home.
Our fAith statement
The Refuge's Statement of Faith
- As Christians and as members of The Refuge Board of Directors, we believe with our hearts and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit the following to be true:
- The Bible is the inspired, infallible, and ultimately authoritative written word of God.
- The Refuge Board of Directors will seek counsel in the Bible through prayerful consideration in making decisions on behalf of the Board and for the care of the guests.
- We believe in one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit (The Trinity).
- Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified and died on the cross for our sins, was buried, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.
- Through God's grace and through the merits of Jesus Christ, we will have everlasting life and the only way to salvation is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- The church consists of believers that join together to form on body.
- As Board Members of The Refuge Homeless Shelter in Lapeer County, we commit ourselves to active participation in our home congregation, evangelism, deeds of love and service, and fulfilling the Great Commandment as stated in Matthew 22:37-39. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and great commandment. The second is like it “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (NKJV) and Matthew 25:40: “Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did it to the least of these my brethren, you did it to ME.” (NKJV).
Our program has a two part mission: (1) to provide the Good News of Jesus Christ which we believe is the single most important thing needed to make any personal change that matters, (2) provide emergency and transitional housing while receiving services to help regain independence.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble.
History of the Refuge
In 2000, Kendra Petty, MaryAnn Nutt and Father Steve Dewey of St. Matthew's Anglican Church had a meeting at Burger King to discuss how to provide shelter for the homeless in Lapeer.
A Steering Committee was established and The Refuge opened the fall of 2002. The Refuge is a ministry driven by the calling of Jesus to serve our fellow man. For the first 11 years The Refuge operated as an emergency shelter during the winter months.
In the summer of 2014, The Refuge expanded to offer a transitional housing program focused on helping people ready and willing to find long term solutions to their situation.
The Refuge has one of the largest volunteer bases and volunteer hours per year in Lapeer County. The board consists of men and women who love the Lord first, seek His will in all decisions and look to expand, grow and assist more individuals every year.
The Refuge will provide housing, food, clothing, educational and/or vocational training, basic life skills, and spiritual guidance. We want to be a stepping stone to help those experiencing homelessness regain independence.
The Refuge will accomplish this in partnership with volunteers from the community and through the coordination of services available from churches, agencies, and others programs.
Let no debt remain outstanding except the
continuing debt to love one another, for he
who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the