Homeless shelter desperate for donations during cold snap

- An arctic blast of cold air is set to hit southeast Michigan, leaving some to wonder how they will keep warm.

One woman, Tara, says she became homeless after losing her job – but found shelter for herself and her son at Oaks of Righteousness in Monroe.

"You go to bed at night saying your prayers," she said. "I am super thankful."

Rev. Heather Boone operates the shelter that also serves as a warning center.

"People can drop in and get warm," Boone said. "We also serve lunch, breakfast and dinner. People can stay overnight if they need to. We can accommodate about 70 to 75 people a night."

As temperatures drop, Boone says demand is at its peak.

"Every day we get calls from families who are desperate, who are out in the street," Boone said.

And being outside in extreme cold can lead to injuries and even be deadly.

"We have lots of people who have had frostbitten toes," she said. "Lots of people underestimate this weather and so they are outside for way too long."

The center not only provides a warm place to stay it also provides warm clothes

"We have a clothing closet there so people can get free boots, coats, hats, gloves, whatever they need," she said.

Boone says donations are crucial to helping shelters like hers make an impact in the community.

"We are here by grace of God and through donations," she said.

To contact the center to make a donation:

Oaks of Righteousness
1018 E. Second
Monroe MI, 48161
(313) 657-7262
EMAIL: oaksofrighteousness@aol.com

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