OSCODA, Michigan – A church in Oscoda brings together local businesses to solve a winter challenge.
The Anglican Hope Church operates a homeless shelter called Mission Emmanuel. It offers homeless people in the area a place to rest for the night, clean their clothes and prepare a hot meal. However, they are closed during the day.
That fact, along with last year’s harsh winter and the closure of dining halls, made 2020 a difficult year for homeless people in Oscoda.
To prevent this from happening again, Hope Anglican will discuss warming solutions with several groups on Tuesday.
Father Tim Doubblestein explained their goal.
“What can we do to provide these people with a place to get out of the elements? Even for an hour or two? To warm up and have a place to sit before you have to return to bad weather.
Doubblestein said the church is still accepting requests to participate in the discussion. Even other churches are welcome.
He hopes this discussion can lead to other kinds of support for homeless people in Oscoda as well.
“Someone might be willing to say, ‘well, we keep our lobby closed to the general public, but we might be able to offer a special space just for those people who are homeless and have to endure the elements. “”