Macomb County Warming Center
... and Ray of Hope Day Center

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Art Van Elslander
WISH LIST 


Volunteers
Black or dark blue Sharpies or Markers
Boots – winter or work boots
Bus tickets
Church or building space for one shelter week 
Copy Paper
File Folders - plain and colored
Fast Food Gift Cards
  (McDonalds, Taco Bell, Burger King, Subway, etc.)
Gas vouchers from gas station and gas station with store
Hi-Liters – any colors
Hold a Casual Day at work for the
  benefit of The Warming Center
Letters of Support 
Local Businesses – gift cards or other prizes for our
  annual dinner and fall Irishfest events.
Name tags – peel and stick type (red or blue border) 
Napkins
Paper bowls suitable for holding hot soup
Paper Plates
Paper Towels
Plastic Bags:
   * 33 gallon clear plastic bags (200 for $21.79 at Costco)
   * 13 gallon tie string bags (200 for $13.89 at Costco)
   * 55 gallon black drum liners (50 for $12.99 at Costco)
Plastic Tableware
Post-it Notes
Postage Stamps
Styrofoam Cups 10 oz or 12 oz
Toilet Paper
Used Cars – donate to Charity Motors in our name: Macomb County     Warming Center.  Call 888-908-CARS or go to www.charitymotors.org      (see blue box below)
Underwear – new in package (men’s and women’s)
Printer cartridges:  
  *HP 61XL Black & Tri Color
   *Canon 240 XL and 241 XL 
Food:
  Snacks -- non-perishable pocket size, such as crackers & cheese, cookies, etc.
  Donuts (Please no bagels or other hard breads)
  Muffins
  Coffee
  Cookies


Our address is:

2 Crocker Blvd., Suite 201
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Phone: 586-321-0998

Hours:

Monday -Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

If those times are not convenient, please call and we will arrange to either pick up or arrange another day or time.  

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Charity Motors Will Help the Warming Center

If you have an unwanted vehicle, Charity Motors will pick it up for free - whether it runs or not - give you a tax receipt for the full fair market value of your vehicle, and give the proceeds to the charity of your choice.  We are listed with them - just specify that you want the proceeds to go to the Macomb County Warming Center (you need to use our full name).  They will also take boats, motorcycles, and more.

This is a great program and has given us very good benefits in the past.  See www.charitymotors.org or call 800-908-CARS (2277).
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Thank you, ​Art Van !






What Do Your Donations Accomplish?

​Here are just a few things that your donations provide:

$8.00 covers bus transportation for a job search for one Ray of Hope guest for 2 days.

$10.00 pays for a state ID card that allows a Ray of Hope homeless person to apply for benefits like a bridge card (food card), a free cell phone and a birth certificate needed for those in the housing program to obtain housing in most apartment complexes.

$20.00 will provide one week of bus transportation for one shelter guest.  

$25.00 covers providing a Ray of Hope guest ½ hour of service to update a resume

$50.00 covers one hour for assistance with phone calls and advocacy to enter a guest into mental health or substance abuse treatment.  

$72.90 will provide one night of shelter and meals for 5 shelter guests.


A New Project and Volunteer Opportunity!

We need volunteers for our new "Community Resource Cards" project to distribute laminated 4 x 6 cards to police departments, city halls, and convenience stores in your neighborhood.  You pick the day(s) and number of cards you would like to distribute.  This project will help the homeless and the places they often come with questions that are answered on the resource cards.  

For details, email mark@macombcountywarmingcenter.org

Thank you to all our supporters.  
We couldn't do it without you.
Match Grant


Thanks to a special friend, we have another matching grant. It is sponsored by an anonymous donor who is a friend of the MCWC. Rules are that we must receive a total of $5,000 in order to claim the $5,000 offered by the grant. This means that for every dollar donated with "match grant" written on the check or a note, we receive the same amount as your check from this Matching Donor. We always appreciate your donation, but if you could remember to make a note that your next one is for the match, you will be giving a double amount for the homeless. We especially appreciate your donations now as we had so many folks in the shelter last year, and funds have been reduced as a result of the sequestration and government cuts and a still depressed year. We had to cut our shelter budget last year, cutting staff so that we had only one overnight safety coordinator on duty, and we really need two at all times. We have been praying for a more adequate budget this year.
Kroger Community Rewards Program

When you shop at Kroger's, your purchases can make a donation to the Warming Center:

1. Register online at krogercommunityrewards.com
2. Have your Kroger Plus card handy when you register (if you don't have one, they are available at any Kroger customer service counter)
3. Click on Sign In/Register on the New Customer box
4. Enter your zip code, click on favorite store, enter your email address and password and agree to the terms and conditions.
5. You will then get a message to check your email and click on the link in the body of that message.
6. Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
7. Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
8. Update or confirm your information.
9. Enter name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
10. To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization's name on the right side of your information page.
11. Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 877-576-7587 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
12. You must swipe your Kroger Plus card for each purchase to count.






​Many thanks to all who attended our Cloverleaf Fundraiser. The evening was a real success! Donations were raised for the Warming Center during our time at the Cloverleaf and we will be getting 20% of the evening's food sales as well. Special thanks to Marie Guerra and her wonderful staff for hosting us and serving her usual great pizza as well as other good-looking dishes, and to Charlie Taylor and Larry Larson for another evening of the most enjoyable entertainment! The funds from the evening (donations and games) helped us to provide another week of shelter from the current bitter cold.

The Ray of Hope and Warming Center offices will be moving in March. We will be closed from February 25 through March 4 and will re-open on March 5 at 9 AM at our new address: 

2 Crocker Blvd., Suite 201 Mt. Clemens, MI 48043.  

This is the building across Crocker from the City Hall and across Northbound Gratiot from the Courthouse. 



Thank you to Consumers Energy Foundation for your partnership in helping the homeless.