Joppa House Opens, Offers Transitional Housing to Women and Children

It’s been years in the making. Now, Charlevoix’s first homeless shelter is ready to help women and children get back on their feet.

Lorraine Manary, Executive Director of Char-Em United Way said, “Charlevoix and Emmet Counties have an ongoing homeless problem …it’s year round it doesn’t go away.”

And that’s what Joppa House Ministries in Charlevoix is hoping to help.

Rather than just serve as a shelter, they want to break the cycle of homelessness.

Ginger Stevens is the pastor at 3 Day Ministries in Charlevoix and the Director of Joppa House Ministries. She says the project was a vision she wanted to carry through. “The vision God gave me was to create a transitional home for women and children to teach and mentor life skills to be independent citizens in our community.”

The home can house up to 15 women and children…for up to 18 months.

They will take a life skills course and will be required to be motivated to make big changes in their lives.

“We want them to have a job and we want them employed or in school and want to empower them to do it. We have a day care in the basement,” said Stevens. 

And there’s ways for the community to get involved, too.

“We want every woman here to have a mentor, someone who will take an interest and be their friend throughout living here so that women will have someone who might notice their birthday or take them for coffee,” said Stevens.

We have a link HERE if you’d like to get involved.