The primary purpose of the Refuge is to share the good news of Jesus Christ and to facilitate the provision of transitional shelter, food, and support services to the homeless of Lapeer County. In order to meet this goal, we facilitate, coordinate and assist participating congregations and community agencies in providing services to the homeless. The dream for the property on Newark was to have a permanent location where these goals would be met. These guidelines that we work by includes working with the community and the township to insure the legality of our work. The township placed certain parameters on the Refuge. The Refuge agreed and vowed to live within these parameters.
A generous person who had similar goals as the Refuge bought the property on Newark in hopes that the Refuge would partner with them in serving the homeless in Lapeer County. We looked forward to working together with the owner to accomplish our goals. However, even though our goals are similar, our methods differed and stretched us beyond the parameters we had set for ourselves as well as those the township had set for the Refuge. Although we are very grateful to the owner of the Newark property, we had to separate from our partnership. The owner has a big heart and the Refuge wishes many blessings in Christ in doing the work of generously giving to the kingdom of God. We are pleased to know that the owner will continue in work with one of our partners Stone Soup as a farm to produce food. We look forward to working with the owners in the future in providing an avenue for our work programs.
If you would like to know more about this issue and what the Refuge is planning for the future come to our public meeting this Sunday, December 14 at 3PM at the Lapeer Event Center 655 N Saginaw St..
Author: Andrew Terry
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.