Written by Charla Arnold
Lapeer loves all of their people, no matter where they live. This week our homeless in the area almost had their tents taken, thankfully everyone is ok and safe. Its been the talk of the town, which could be bad or good. Its bad because there are a ton of rumors flying around. Good because we are all talking about a very important issue…. those struggling without a home. We want everyone to realize...these are ordinary people just like you and I. the only difference...they fell on hard times.
The Refuge functions simply...we have a calendar, a church signs up and is in charge of signing up volunteers and meals for one week. It is very, very hard to get people to sign up after April. I know this personally because I was trying this year to keep us open. I had a volunteer working under me who contacted every church in Lapeer County. We had some offers of buildings and people, but not enough to be able to run successfully. So we had to do what we have done every spring for 12 years. We closed, and we handed out tents.
Over the last 3 years, it has been increasingly harder for anyone who’s homeless to find a place to put a tent without running into trouble. This year was no different and sooner rather than later, those staying in tents were asked to vacate. We had a very small window to try to figure out ways to help them. Some left the county, others went to stay with friends. One was able to get in an apartment and some we have no idea where they are. I would personally like to thank Kendra for dealing with that. She's my hero.
Things escalated when the channel 12 news story hit and accusations were flying. There is a lot of misinformation going around and I would like to clear it up.
Together we can change this.
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I'm a mother of two teenagers. Married to my awesome husband of 20 years. I don't work. I volunteer. I am a founding member of The Refuge shelter and involved in inspiring projects in my church, and community.