Since 2002, The Refuge Lapeer has been helping Lapeer County residents who have been displaced or found themselves homeless. The mission of The Refuge Lapeer is to provide emergency shelter, food, clothing, and more for the homeless during the cold months and others services throughout the year.
The larger vision of the nonprofit, however, is to provide educational and vocational training, basic skills, and spiritual guidance for the entire Lapeer community. The Refuge is now in its new location (a former church) at the corner of Saginaw Street and Oregon Road in Lapeer. This location allows The Refuge to offer expanded services like job and life skills training and transitional resources for people exiting the prison system. Further, The Refuge is a recovery center where women and men can address addictions and dependencies of all varieties. The goal is to fully utilize the space in numerous ways to help people better themselves and their lives while showing and sharing the love of Jesus Christ.
The Refuge depends on partnerships with other services, agencies, and programs throughout Lapeer County to achieve its vision. It aims to be a stepping stone to help those experiencing homelessness regain independence. To achieve this goal, the future of the Refuge is pursuing a three-pronged approach. Please see below.
THE REFUGE LAPEER HOMELESS SHELTER
The Refuge will continue to offer shelter rotationally in partnership with local churches.
The Refuge will seek out opportunities to offer transitional housing an permanent solutions to homelessness.
The Refuge will seek out recovery programs to prevent homelessness and educational/vocational programs to sustain life.
In 2000, Lapeer residents Kendra Petty and MaryAnn Nutt along with Father Steve Dewey of St. Matthew's Anglican Church had a meeting at the local Burger King. The purpose: how to provide shelter for the homeless people of Lapeer County.
A Steering Committee was established, and The Refuge Lapeer opened the fall of 2002!
The Refuge is a ministry driven by the calling of Jesus Christ to serve our fellow man. The Refuge operates as an emergency shelter during the winter months and provides a variety of services all year long. It has one of the largest volunteer bases in the community as well as volunteer hours per year in Lapeer County. The Refuge Board of Directors consists of men and women who love the Lord and seek His will in all decisions. It works to expand, grow, and assist more individuals every year.
Being on the The Refuge Board is an opportunity to help the homeless and displaced people in our community directly. Not only will you be able to see what goes on behind the scenes for The Refuge, but the Board establishes policies for the administration and operation of The Refuge and oversees the implementation of these policies.
The Board is 100% volunteer-based and runs the largest volunteer organization in Lapeer County.
The Board is a working board. This means each member of the Board will have responsibilities that contribute to the function and administration of The Refuge. Responsibilities can include monthly meetings, weekly volunteering for check-in, volunteering for fundraising activities, promoting The Refuge in the media, engaging with guests and other volunteers, and more.
The perfect candidate for the Board will have a love for Jesus Christ, His Church, and for the broken people of this world. Click the button to the right to download the Board Members' Application Form. It includes an application form, a statement of faith, and board member requirements. You also can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Being on the Board has been a positive experience, and I would recommend volunteering for the board if you want to make a difference in other's lives that can help them get back on their feet again." ~ Diane J. - current Board member
If you are interesting in joining The Refuge Lapeer Board of Directors, please complete and submit this form.