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Muskegon Rescue Mission sees rise in need during winter storm

As West Michigan emerges from a week of heavy snowfall and bitter temps, the Muskegon Rescue Mission says they did see a bump in the number of people needing assistance

“With the bitterly cold weather this week and what’s forecasted for this weekend we have seen a significant increase in the number of individuals coming to the mission for shelter at night.”

Dan Skoglund is the Executive Director of the Muskegon Rescue Mission. He says that with the most recent bout of winter weather, the need for warmth and shelter for those without is great.

“They need somewhere to sleep, get out of the weather, for food, and our community resource center during the day. We’ve been averaging about 130 people a night in our shelters.”

Skoglund says that while that number is high, thanks to community support, no one has ever been turned away due to a lack of resources.

“The demand is way up and because of community support we’ve been able to meet that demand. We’re serving over 200 meals a day just in our shelters, and another 100 meals a day in our community resource building, and we are completely funded by the community, so the support has been phenomenal.”

Looking ahead, Skoglund says that the Mission anticipates they’ll be able to continue meeting the needs of the Muskegon community throughout the remainder of the winter.

You can help the Muskegon Rescue Mission by donating food and clothes in person or monetarily online at MuskegonMission.org

Dave joined WGVU Public Media in November of 2023 after eighteen years as a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Emmy-nominated photojournalist and editor at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WEYI TV25 in Flint, Michigan. As a General Assignment Reporter, Dave covers daily news and community events all over West Michigan.
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