September 8, 2020
The new Battle Creek 24 Hour Homeless Shelter is open! The SHARE Center has been contracted to provide day shelter services and the Haven will provide overnight staffing at 209 E. Michigan (rear building). The new shelter is a 10,000 sq. ft. building and provides ample space and social distancing for 38 people. There is a 3-stall shower/bathroom trailer guests can use until construction of permanent ones is complete. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily. Laundry and other services are available. Huge thanks to the Battle Creek Community Foundation, the City of Battle Creek, and everyone else who has been involved with this project!!!
July 1, 2020
We are so grateful the City of Battle Creek allowed us to stay at Full Blast for nearly three months. The AC unit went out and there was some other maintenance work that needed to be done, so we have returned to the SHARE Center building at 120 Grove Street). We rented a large tent and are still serving carry-out meals. Overnight tent shelter is also being provided thanks to staff from the Haven of Rest.
June 1, 2020
St. Thomas is now serving breakfast throughout the summer at 16 E. Van Buren. The SHARE Center will resume breakfast meal service in September.
May 22, 2020:
St. Phillips on Capital Ave. is serving Sunday Suppers. The SHARE Center will continue providing Sunday dinner for our consumers at Full Blast and in hotel rooms.
May 4, 2020:
Heritage Cleaners has agreed to provide weekly laundry service for our consumers. This solves a big problem. Thank you Heritage Cleaners!
May 1, 2020:
April Meal Numbers:
Breakfasts - 1,267
Lunches - 1,408
Delivered Meals to Hotels - 1,766
April 2, 2020:
The Haven of Rest's Men's Overnight Shelter will now be at Full Blast with the Women's Overnight Shelter remaining at the Haven. Mats and blankets will be provided.
March 20, 2020:
Being homeless makes people even more vulnerable to illnesses like the Coronavirus. The SHARE Center has been working with the Battle Emergency Operations Center and other community partners to ensure our homeless neighbors have all of their basic needs met in a supportive, safe, and healthy environment.
Working together, we were able to designate Full Blast as the temporary location for our day shelter beginning Monday, March 23, 2020. This allows us to accommodate our consumers with enough space for social distancing. The SHARE Center has also expanded its meal service and is offering take out at both Full Blast (for those who are homeless) and at the SHARE Center (for those who are housed, but need something to eat). The Haven of Rest is working towards a solution for overnight shelter. We are fortunate to have forward thinking community leaders who are looking out for those most at risk!
How You Can Help
The following items are in desperate need:
N95 Masks (for our staff)
If you have some items to donate, please e-mail Robert Elchert at email@example.com.
*To volunteer for meals, please register here.