This year our Giving Tuesday project is a washer/dryer and a wheelchair accessible ramp! Let's all work together to make sure every guest and volunteer can freely - and safely - access our building and easily wash laundry.
Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year it is Tuesday, November 29th.
The Refuge Lapeer Homeless Shelter assists people by providing emergency housing, food, housing transition services, job search transportation, educational and vocational training, dependence recovery, basic life skills education.
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Location: 1009 N. Saginaw St, Lapeer, Michigan 48446
The homeless shelter runs
November - April.
The Refuge also operates as a year-round Day Center
for registered guests and other displaced persons
Services: Shower Facility, Laundry, Food,
Job Search Assistance.
Summer Day Center days and times:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10AM - 2PM
By Appointment Only
Call 810-667-3886 for Appointment.
The Refuge Lapeer partners with local churches to provide food, shelter, housing transition services, and various resources to the homeless of Lapeer County during the winter months of the year.
The Day Center is during the day to give aid to the homeless and other displaced people in the Lapeer area.
You can help The Refuge Lapeer in various ways: working a shift at a local church, preparing a meal, giving rides, helping with a fundraiser, or taking part in a walk to raise money and awareness. Please contact us today. "As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Maya Angelou.
There are several ways to donate to The Refuge Lapeer. Please click below to learn more.
The Refuge Lapeer is excited to share its announcements with you. We have wonderful things going on!
Click below to see our calendar of events, fundraisers, and more.
As of January 2020, Michigan had an estimated 8,638 people experiencing homelessness on any given day (Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)).
Of that, 1,026 were families, 639 were Veterans, 484 were unaccompanied young adults (aged 18-24), and 1,109 were individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.
Public school data reported to the U.S. Department of Education during the 2018-2019 school year revealed an estimated 34,853 public school students experienced homelessness over the course of the year. Of that total, 675 students were unsheltered, 4,922 were in shelters, 2,502 were in hotels/motels, and 26,754 were doubled up.
Despite being one of the wealthiest nations on the planet, the United States struggles with a high level of poverty and homelessness, especially among the younger population. In fact, 40% of the homeless population in the US are under the age of 18.
The highest rates of unsheltered homeless youth occur in the Western US states. California accounts for one-third of all unaccompanied homeless youth, with other states such as Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and Alaska also having large populations.
While the numbers are shocking, it’s even more disturbing to learn over 50% of young people living in shelters and on the streets report that their parents actually told them to leave, or at least knew they were leaving and didn’t care.
The main cause of teen homelessness is physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse from parents or guardians. Here’s a closer look at the numbers:
• 46% reported being physically abused
• 38% reported being emotionally abused
• 17% reported being forced into unwanted sexual activity
Adolescents aging out of foster care are also at extreme risk of homelessness with around 50% becoming homeless within 6 months of leaving. This is largely due to a lack of education, social and financial support. They are often ill-prepared to live independently.
The numbers paint a sad story. Homelessness is taking a heavy toll of America’s youth who are at a much higher risk of physical abuse, sexual exploitation, substance abuse, mental health issues, and death. In America today, over 20,000 kids are forced into prostitution every year, and 5,000 unaccompanied youth die as a result of assault, illness, or suicide.
Despite the gravity of the situation, resources are severely lacking. Nationwide, just 4,200 beds are provided for youth, meaning more than 90% are left without shelter. This gap in resources perpetuates a vicious cycle.
-Rawhide Youth Services
Homelessness is a serious problem that hurts so many in our country, including our children. Please support The Lapeer Refuge. Help us help others. Thank you.