Who we are and what we do
The Refuge is a temporary emergency 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 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 works with various agencies within the community to provide accurate and appropriate resources for our residents. Communication with other agencies not only assists our current residents, but allows for proper referrals for individuals wishing to enter into our program and likewise, when we refer residents out.
Our program depends on volunteers.. Our volunteers assist in various ways such as meal preparation, supervision and mentor-ship.
Two people are contracted to work as Overnight Supervisors.
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.
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.