Manistee Shelter Prepares For Winter Storm

Homeless shelters across Northern Michigan are busy.

And they’re getting ready for more winter weather.

Safe Harbor in Manistee rotates to different locations during the cold months.

"We are dealing with people like us who are seven seconds from being homeless," said Lisa Clark.

Safe Harbor workers, reaching out their hands to people who don’t have a place to stay. This year they are already busy and out of beds.

"We are down to just telling people they can have a cot or a mat and they are just that. Bare metal and canvas and then a mat. We are hosting quite a few people this year," she said.

With the winter weather they plan for even more people in need to come through their doors.

"It gets people into the places they need to be. Everyone can be prideful at times I don’t want to go there unless it’s necessary or I don’t want to go at all, but sometimes the circumstances are against them," Tyler Bensen said.

But to keep up they need more help.

"When it comes to giving up your time overnight and your bed over night to sleep in Safe Harbor or to be there and be a friend or to stay up over night playing cards that’s where I fall into a situation where I don’t have enough volunteers," Lisa said.

For the Safe Harbor shelter, a little bit of time goes a long way to make sure all their guests are taken care of during the winter chill.

"If I could encourage anyone to give back a couple hours of their time this Christmas season," Lisa said.

You can find more information about donating and volunteering here.