Sunrise Mission is a homeless shelter that offers a safe place to rebuild one's life while working to overcome the difficulty that created the loss of home.
At Sunrise Mission, we understand that people don't roll out of bed one morning and decide to move onto the street. It's a devastating process. For many, homelessness is just one illness, accident or layoff away.
Sunrise Mission is first and foremost a shelter. We are not, however, anyone's permanent address. With separate areas, one for men and one for women and families, we provide a warm, safe, loving place to regroup, rethink and rechart a divinely guided course toward independence.
On any day there are 92,341 homeless in Michigan and 726 homeless in just Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, Iosco and Presque Isle counties. These numbers seem staggering so let’s take a moment and break it down into people and situations.
There are many of reasons for homelessness, a few are, loss of job, divorce, being deserted by a family member, a family member being incarcerated, domestic violence, substance abuse, untreated mental illness, lack of job and/or social skills, lack of education, fire, etc.
In many of these situations the person has no control. As the downward cycle escalates the person feels more and more helpless and hopeless. As the feeling of helplessness and hopelessness becomes worse it creates less ability to continue to seek out solutions and the situation worsens. As a person losses self-confidence he/she begins to lean on friends and family more, withdraw or utilize alcohol and/or drugs to deaden the pain and the sense of hopelessness, and their situation becomes worse.
This often becomes a downward cycle of moving from place to place (from friend to friend’s house or family member to family member) until they have worn out their welcome, sleeping in their car or a park or wherever they can find a place to sleep until they decide that they must do something else. The decision to do something else can be encouraged by the police, a family member or friend, a loving Christian friend or anyone who sees the desperation of their circumstance.
It is at this point that we welcome them at the Mission. Our staff works to help them become settled and then begin the process of rebuilding their lives. This could involve, at initial intake, of finding clothing (by the time they arrive at the Mission many do not have much more than the clothing on their backs), assistance with getting food, encouragement to seek out assistance from community mental health, 12 step programs, Catholic Human Services, enrollment in schools, seeking employment and seeking a church family. As time goes on the person becomes more confident and hopeful and the process of seeking housing begins with the assistance of NEMCSA, Alpena Housing, MSHDA HCV program and a variety of private landlords. Sometime this process includes cleaning up credit issues and repairing past housing problems.
With the assistance of a generous community who support the work of the Mission, guidance of a praying insightful Board of Directors and God’s direction, we continue to assist the hurting and lost in their journey to resume a productive hopeful life.