GENESEE COUNTY —With a particularly harsh Michigan winter predicted, the Holy Angels Warming Center has once again opened its doors to the homeless in this community.
The Warming Center is housed in Catholic Charities’ Center for Hope, (former St. Michael School/Schools of Choice building) on Fifth Avenue in Flint. The center opened December 2 and will remain open 24 hours a day through March 2014. Guests will receive a hot cup of coffee, meals and snacks, as well as the opportunity to watch TV and read books and magazines to pass the time; but most importantly, they will have a safe place to stay warm.
“The response to our Warming Center is overwhelming,” said Jon K. Manse, Director of Catholic Charities Community Services. “Last year we had twice the number of people we had anticipated, including families with little children and college students with nowhere to go. The shelters were full and people were just trying to get in out of the cold.”
The Holy Angels Warming Center is in urgent need of monetary contributions to help with the cost of heat, electricity and staffing. “We are trying to fulfill the most basic of people’s needs, including shelter, food, clothing and mental health services,” said Vicky L. Schultz, President and CEO of Catholic Charities. “The reality is that it takes a lot of money to keep the doors open. Utility costs are high and the building needs work. To sustain this program, we really need the community behind us.”
All donations to the Warming Center are tax deductible and can be made on the Catholic Charities website, www.ccsgc.org, or by mail, 901 Chippewa St. Flint, MI 48503. For more information, please contact Catholic Charities at 810-785-6911 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties has been Providing Help and Creating Hope for those in need since 1941, serving all people regardless of faith. — R.S.