MCREST stands for Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team. This is a county program that houses the homeless in our area at local churches during the year.
The face of the homeless is changing which means that MCREST and other organizations are seeing more families, older adults and first time homeless individuals that never imagined they would be in this situation. As you can imagine, in this current economy this program is needed more then ever. Our church provides the guests with a safe and warm environment to sleep, we give them three meals a day, shower, clothes if needed, daily transportation, laundering and activities in the evening. We offer a listening ear, fellowship, prayers and a sincere desire to help them.
We are one of about a dozen churches during the year that will host all 60 MCREST guests. This year our MCREST week starts on Sunday, April 28 and goes until Sunday, May 5.
Our guests arrive around 5:30 pm and stay in the building overnight until the next morning. During the day they are away from the church with the intention of looking for work.
This ministry requires many volunteers in order for it to run smoothly. Last year we had 359 volunteers who served over 2,600 total hours to organize and make this ministry happen. Please look over the list of opportunities to see where you would like to help. You can sign-up after service at the Connection Center or by clicking on the link listed above. Sign-up begins on Easter Saturday, March 30.
Set-up & Take Down
Clear out the Sunday school rooms, unload truck and set up rooms for guests, make beds. Put back Sunday school rooms and load truck at the end of the week. (Young teens and older) No contact with guests. Sunday, April 28, and/or Sunday, May 5.
Each morning laundry bags are picked up at the church and taken to the New Wave Laundromat on Van Dyke across from Riverland. Wash, dry and fold clothes and put them back into individual bags marked with bed #’s. Return to the church and place on each bed. (Any age/families, children) No contact with guests. MTWThFS 8 am – 1 pm.
Monitor flow of activity into showers. Provide toiletry items as needed. Wipe down showers at end of night. (Young adult and older) Casual contact with guests. SMTWThFS 6:30 pm – 10 pm.
Search all the bags transferred from previous church before the guests arrive. Each night we need several people to search guest belongings as they enter the church. We also need *door sitters* to monitor areas. (Young adult and older) Close contact with guests. SMTWThFS 5 pm – 10 pm.
Oversee and monitor guests during the night. Provide security, check in late guests and wake up guests in morning. Six adults (mix of male and female and experienced members) spend the night and they always have a great time. (Young adult and older) Close contact with guests. SMTWThFS 9 pm– 8 am.
Prepare dinners and serve, make lunches, set up breakfast and clean up. Many House Churches and/or families serve together. (Teens and adults) Casual contact with guests. MTWThFS Early morning and from 3 pm – 8 pm.
The first night of MCREST we need able-bodied teens to show our guests around and to help them with their bags. This is a great opportunity for our teens to help out someone in need. This serving event counts toward your confirmation requirement. Casual contact with guests, Sunday, April 28 from 5 – 7 pm.
Drive guests to and pick up from bus-stop at Lakeside Mall. (Adults age 25 and older) Close contact with guests. SMTWThFSS Early mornings and evenings.
Cooking & Buying
Can you buy a pork loin or a ham, chicken breasts or hamburger and bring it to church? How about baking potatoes or cookies to bring in? We may need to borrow crock pots. No contact with guests. You will be told what to cook ahead of time.
We need 5 people every night to help with cleaning the kitchen after dinner is served. This requires no contact with guests and is a great benefit to those people that prepared and served the meal. (Teens and adults) SMTWThFS 8 pm – 10 pm.
Please pray for this program and the guests that will be staying with us this year.