Safe Harbor looks different at Grace this year

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safe-harborWhat is Safe Harbor? Dedicated to the preservation of the physical health and spiritual welfare of people experiencing homelessness, a primary goal of Safe Harbor is to offer food, shelter, and hope for guests  staying in a shelter. According to county-wide statistics, the average Safe Harbor guest is over the age of eighteen including 74% from Grand Traverse County, 85% from the five-county region and 93% from the ten counties of Northern Michigan.

Grace Church has been involved in the ministry of Safe Harbor for over a decade. We assist by providing hot meals, overnight volunteer staff, and visitors that provide fellowship and camaraderie. This year without a coordinator, and because of scheduling conflicts,  we will partner with Faith Reformed Church December 10-17, 2016 to help them staff Safe Harbor at their church.  We are so excited for this collaboration.

A core group of Grace’s Safe Harbor volunteers are working with Faith Reformed to make this a smooth transition for volunteers willing to help at Faith.  Dates will be scheduled for visiting, viewing, and asking questions about working in a “different space.” All the rules and routines remain the same-just a different space with a lot more room and no stairs!  The schedule for the week will run just like have done in the past. Help will be needed for Saturday move in, Saturday move out, cooks, evening hosts and visitors, and overnight staff.

Prayerfully consider reserving time to help with this ministry to the homeless with our partners at Faith Reformed and mark your calendars now. If you have questions before being able to commit, please contact Kate Wood at or 941-5785 or Tony Nelson at 231-463-0756 or

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