With freezing temperatures hitting the Lansing areas, local shelters will be welcoming anyone who needs assistance.
Laura Grimwood, the communications director at the City Rescue Mission of Lansing, said she feels lucky she felt to be able to help people in need.
“I feel very blessed to be able to use my skills and training in a way that provides food, shelter, and hope to someone in need,” said Grimwood.“ With the upcoming holidays, we will serve a special meal appropriate for the occasion. The people who attend are always very thankful to have this special meal.”
On average, the shelter houses about 140 people a night. Depending on the weather conditions, that number can change.
“Our max we can house is dependent on our staff that day. Right now with the cold temperatures we are housing about 170 people a night. We could maybe shelter another 10 or so but not regularly,” said Grimwood.
The Volunteers of America, also located in Lansing, is an organization that helps people in need of shelter, food and a wide variety of support systems.
Alex Brodrick, the president and CEO, has been working at the organization for 35 years and said he loves what he does.
“That’s why I do the work, the joy of participating in an organization that uplifts people is rewarding. I get a great deal of self satisfaction, knowing I’m helping people live a fuller life, said Brodrick.”
Gina Malcangi, a volunteer at the City Rescue Mission of Lansing, said she loves being able to impact other people in a positive way.
“Knowing I’m making an impact on someone’s life feels like a humbling reminder of the opportunities I have been given,” said Malcangi. “During the winter months when it gets very busy due to the cold temperatures, I know I am really impacting people’s lives for the better.”
Malcangi also said when the number of people looking for help during the winter months goes up drastically, it reminds her how fortunate she is.
“I look forward to helping people in the community who are not as fortunate as myself,” said Malcangi.”
“During the holidays when we serve a special meal for Thanksgiving, it warms my heart seeing families being able to gather together around the table as one.”