PAMELA FLEMING: Our Brother’s Keeper Shelter programs active

Nov. 12, 2015

To the Editor,

Once again, Mecosta County Community Foundation’s Match Day has blessed many non-profit organizations in the county. Our Brothers Keeper Shelter is very grateful for the 110 donors of over $16,000 that will help keep our doors open and lights on.

Already this year we have three homeless families with young children and several individuals who will be participating in OBK’s “Teach Them to Fish” program for economical, nutritious, family meals and cooking classes, 10 hours weekly of life skills training, the Hope Chest savings account, cottage industry projects and the supportive network of volunteers and employees helping to transform lives.

Beyond funding, OBK requires many volunteers to monitor and support guests. This year’s addition of a mentoring program will maintain support for guests following housing. Training for volunteers continues on a weekly basis with schedules available on the OBK Facebook page.

Our Brothers Keeper offers a speaker’s group for community, social and faith organizations. We appreciate the opportunity to share our story.

OBK serves predominantly Mecosta County as well as adjacent counties without sheltering opportunities (Osceola, Lake and Newago counties). We regret we can only provide very temporary arrangements for people from outside the area.

Employment and affordable housing are felt to be a priority for our local homeless population.

Please visit the website: obkshelter.org or Facebook page Our Brothers Keeper Shelter for updates and information.

In gratitude,

Pamela Fleming

President, Board of Directors

Our Brothers Keeper Shelter

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