Mission: Feed the Needs of the Community Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit.
Macomb Feeding the Need started on February 28th, 2010. As written above, our mission statement is to “Feed the Needs of the Community Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit”. We feed their bodies meals, their minds with encouragement, their souls with warm clothing and their spirit with hope. Our goal is to earn their trust and help even more individuals and families get off the streets and become self sufficient and active members of their communities.
We started by feeding a lunch meal; it quickly grew to feeding a continental breakfast, a hot meal at noon and a bagged lunch to go. That is three meals a day. As of November 2016, we have fed over 40,179 meals. We feed every Tuesday and Friday at the Roseville Masonic Hall located at 27151 Gratiot Ave. Roseville, MI 48066. We have since partnered with Sunshine Thrift Store, where anyone low income can come in once every 30 days to get clothing vouchers to use at the Sunshine Thrift Store. To date we have clothed 15,019 individuals. Throughout the winter season, we give out backpacks of necessary toiletries and daily living items, hand and toe warmers, coats, boots, hats, gloves, scarves and long underwear directly on specific designated meals. The last designated event, on November 25, 2016 we fed over 600+ and clothed over 400+ people.
We have also started (with our network of supporters and continued community outreach) helping individuals get work and counseling as they transition from being homeless into housing stability. Our partner Churches help by forming focus groups that help them learn to budget and use the resources available within their communities to become self sufficient again. So far we have helped 32 individuals get back on their feet and become self-sustaining. We also provide assistance in facilitating medical and dental care as well as assist in finding ways to help provide emergency financial assistance (utility bill, rent, food, transportation, etc.) for low-income and/or unexpected displaced families in temporary need.
As our mission implies, our goal and objective is to help individuals get their lives together and to be productive members of their communities, but first you must earn their trust. We do that by feeding their bodies, clothing them and most importantly by giving them hope. It’s a slow process but there is nothing more rewarding then seeing a person with no hope become the shining light of hope for others to see. All services are at no monetary cost to the clients that comes in.