Here at City Mission, we are embarking on a bold new initiative to double the size of our Avis Arbor Women with Children’s Shelter from 6 mother/children “rooms” to 12 mother/children “suites”…..comfortable, furnished living areas that will allow mothers a place to work on Life Recovery while ensuring that their children are warm, well-fed, and most importantly…right beside them.
Here, a mother can tuck her children into their own beds at night after bathing them in a child-safe bathtub. She can serve snacks from the en suite microwave or refrigerator, and read bedtime stories. And she can wake up the next morning secure in the knowledge that everyone is cared for as she works to build a new life for herself and her family.
Homeless women with children are the fastest growing population of homeless in the US today. Last year, City Mission had to turn away 257 women and 88 children due to lack of space, and this was heartbreaking for us. So we determined to double our capacity, and the 1.13 million-dollar shelter renovation will be completed in the summer of 2018, ready to take on up to 32 homeless women and children.
Enter Lisa and Paul Scarmazzi, the owners of Scarmazzi Homes. While on a recent tour of the City Mission, Lisa fell in love with the Avis Arbor renovation project. In addition to being a successful patio home builder, Lisa is also a professional Interior Designer and immediately volunteered her services to help us launch Avis Arbor Fixer Upper 2018. This special fundraising effort is to raise monies needed to furnish the 12 suites, along with a daycare center, meeting room and lounge. We love Lisa’s design plans, and think you’ll see from the Before and After photos what a transformation it will be.
We learned that women with children have one of the highest rates of homelessness. Needless to say, something struck a chord with me and I immediately volunteered to help.” – Lisa Scarmazzi
The impact of homelessness on mothers is profound. Anger, self-blame, sadness, fear and hopelessness are common. Many have experienced interpersonal violence. Becoming homeless is another huge stressor in an already traumatized life. For children, the constant barrage of stressful experiences inherent in homelessness badly impairs development and ability to learn…to say nothing of lowering self-esteem, optimism, and resilience.
Won’t you help us provide a safe haven for these homeless mothers and their children? Let’s provide them with practical solutions for getting back on their feet. Let’s give them hope when hope is long gone. And most importantly, let’s show them how God’s caring can transform their lives.
Avis Arbor Women & Children's Shelter
Growing from 6 mother/children rooms
to 12 mother/children suites
Avis Arbor will house up to 32 women and children
In-house childcare for the children
Avis Arbor Fixer Upper is launched to help furnish and decorate these suites
Your gift to City Mission’s Avis Arbor Fixer Upper 2018 today provides us with the resources we need to provide safe, comfortable, furnished suites for the homeless women and children who come to us with nothing. We thank you for your generosity!