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MACOMB COUNTY ROTATING EMERGENCY SHELTER TEAM

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Crisis Support
  • Emergency & Safety
  • Homeless & Housing
  • Hunger

Location

20415 ERIN STROSEVILLE, MI 48066 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our Mission To provide homeless and displaced individuals the opportunity for successful transition to independence! ​Vision as a Community: a place where men, women and children experiencing the trauma of homelessness find emergency solutions and housing resources. Agency: the premier advocate for homeless and at-risk individuals where the point of entry as well as the road to transition is accessible.

Description

History

Early in 1988 nine founders assembled with the idea of a homeless day camp. As a result of that meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton Township, the organization now known as MCREST was birthed.

​With the success of the day camp venture, the founders evolved into overnight emergency shelters. Twelve original churches were signed up to provide meals and lodging in the Fall & Winter season of 1988. Before the first season ended around Easter 1989, another 9 congregations came on board.

​In May of 1989 an official 501c3 application for nonprofit status was granted to MCREST. The first President of the MCREST Board was elected in May and the founding Board went on to develop guidelines, organize volunteers and plan for the first full year of services beginning later in 1989. MCREST has grown from those original 21 churches to over 70 today representing many denominations across Macomb County.

​Today, MCREST provides meals, lodging, life-skills training, housing assistance, job readiness training, and emergency shelter 365 days each year to Macomb County’s homeless population.

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