Located on Cedar St. about two miles south of the capitol sits a rather unassuming brick building, however, on the inside, it is anything but.
The City Rescue Mission of Lansing provides more than just food and a roof to sleep under, but hope to people in a difficult situation.
Since 1911, City Rescue has a long and storied history serving the capital area as a nonprofit Christian ministry, operating solely on private donations.
Laura Grimwood, the director of communications, has seen significant growth since she started working at City Rescue, particularly in the individual counseling and case management offered to guests of the shelter.
According to its 2016 Annual Report, City Rescue served 99,356 meals and sheltered a total of 52,970 men, women and children. In addition to this, there were 2,568 individual case management sessions provided to guests.
“It’s more than three hot meals and a place to sleep at night,” said Grimwood. “It’s anything you need from personal needs, to clothing, to making sure you’re taking the steps you need to get out of homelessness. That’s our goal.”
Constructed in 2011, the location on Cedar St. provides shelter to around 80 women and children a night. The original shelter, which has resided on Michigan Ave. since 1948, houses around 65 men a night.
“If you want to see the love of God this is it, mainly because we’re not government funded,” said Grimwood. “It’s not like our donors are giving because they have to. Guests see that and get a feeling like people genuinely care about them.”
Both shelters operated by The City Rescue Mission offer extended-stay opportunities, where guests can receive one-on-one discipleship and guidance to get back on their feet.
Adam Eld stayed at the men’s shelter on Michigan Ave. from November 2016 until June 2017, after losing his job and apartment. He was lodged in the community dorms throughout his stay and was assigned a personal case manager.
“Having that counselor that will look online for you and see who is hiring where helped me get on the right path to finding another job,” Eld said.
During his time spent at City Rescue, Eld said the employees and volunteers at the shelter helped “show me the way back to God.”
Everyone staying at the men’s shelter is given the option to participate in a daily Bible study before dinner. Eld equates the time spent speaking in-depth about the Bible and its teachings helped reintroduce him the lord.
“I was able to ask the question that I needed to have answered. Having the people at City Rescue available to answer those questions helped me so much,” said Eld.