Bay City Shelter Offers New Housing Option For Clients

PNC Bank executive Michelle VanNest cuts the ribbon opening a new housing unit at the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission in Bay City for single men.

Helping their fellow man is the goal of Bay City’s Good Samaritan Rescue Mission. The facility at 713 9th Street now has 10 efficiency apartments for some clients. Rescue Ministries Executive Director Dan Streeter says the rooms meet an important need for single men as they try to put their lives back together.

Streeter said the housing goes along with a variety services offered at the mission, including classes goal setting, counseling, and other services. He said the men may stay there temporarily or on a long term basis. The mission, in Bay City’s former Samaritan Hospital, is looking at a future project for women in a similar circumstances.

The expansion is the result of a community effort boosted by local churches, families and organizations. A $500,000 federal grant helped cover some of the project costs. The rooms, plus a laundry and lounge were provided by a partnership of local families, corporations and community organizations.

Streeter said homelessness is still a problem in the area. There were 94 women, children and men at the Bay City mission for a recent night and 110 people at Saginaw’s City Rescue Mission.

(photo by Bill Hewitt)
(photo by Bill Hewitt)
(photo by Bill Hewitt)
(photo by Bill Hewitt)
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