Homelessness is a reality for many who live on Flint's Eastside. Some of those who are at the most risk are young mothers and their children. Whether they have been disowned by their families or were unable to afford rent on their own, Mercy House is a long-term transitional housing ministry, aimed at giving mothers the skills they need to physically care and financially provide for their families in healthy, sustainable ways.
One of the most important pieces of Mercy House is that it will be staffed by two full-time social workers who are overseen by Wellspring Lutheran Services. These social workers will be coaching women in basic life skills, parenting, and employment so that when a mother's time at Mercy House comes to completion she will be able to sustain her own family and household.
Wellspring Lutheran Services is responsible for screening and selecting each applicant that is admitted into the program. Mercy House is capable of housing four women and their children at one time, so it is realized that the demand for admittance will always be greater than what Mercy House is physically able to accommodate.
Eight female volunteers are needed to be staff support at Mercy House. Each volunteer would take one week a month to be present for a variety of jobs needed on site. Possible shifts include 6am-10am and 6pm-10pm. If you are interested in serving at Mercy House contact Rachel Siemen at RachelS@FranklinAveMission.org
There are a people in our world that Scripture refers to as “the least of these.“ They sit on the fringe and landscape of our streets. There is a sub group within this setting. They are “the least of the least of these”—women and children who are in need of support and shelter from the street. Franklin Avenue Mission is in the process of providing a safe place for “the least of the least of these.” Please join us in being the church that brings the Gospel “to the least of the least.”
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve the lives of homeless mothers and children.