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Oscoda Church calls community meeting

OSCODA, Mich. — One church in Oscoda is pulling local businesses together to solve a wintertime challenge.

The Hope Anglican Church runs a homeless shelter called the Emmanuel Mission. It provides homeless people in the area with a place to rest for the night, clean their clothes, and make a hot meal. However, they’re closed during the day.

That fact, along with last year’s tough winter and the closure of dining areas, made 2020 a rough year for Oscoda’s homeless.

To keep it from happening again, Hope Anglican will discuss warming solutions with multiple groups this Tuesday.

Father Tim Doubblestein explained their goal.

“What can we do to offer these folks a place where they can get  out of the elements? Even for an hour or two? To warm themselves and have some place to sit before they have to go back out into the weather.”

Doubblestein said the church is still accepting requests to join the discussion. Even other churches are welcome.

He hopes this discussion may also lead to other types of support for Oscoda’s homeless.

“Somebody might be willing to say ‘well, we keep our lobby closed to the general public, but we might be able to offer a special area just for those folks are are homeless and have to endure the weather.'”

Those who want to join the session can call Hope Anglican Church at (989) 569-3955 or E-mail them at Hope.Oscoda@gmail.com