DETROIT (FOX 2) – A southwest Detroit the church is asking for much needed help. The Family of God Church is asking for donations of coats and clothing to give to those who need them most so they can survive this freezing winter.
“It’s a very beautiful thing, and we really need it,” said Virginia Patino. “I was just outside frozen on the steps and the pastor welcomed me and told me to go inside if you want. I’m really glad he did, he did. was cold.”
Patino one of the countless people who live on the streets and are looking for a warm place to go. Since the pandemic, there are fewer shelters available and the needs are greater than ever.
Shellisa Rigay says she lived a comfortable life in Ann arbor until she recently lost her job. She had nowhere to go until she found the Family of God Church in Detroit.
“A lot of people come here for a cup of coffee,” she said. “And that keeps them from getting into something that they shouldn’t be getting into because it’s community.”
“When the pandemic struck and we couldn’t come together it really hit us hard,” said Pastor Tyler Cronkright. “Because a lot of what we do here is community based and our people are already isolated due to the different choices they have made and the different addictions and cycles they are stuck in.”
Pastor Cronkright says Family of God feeds homeless people in the neighborhood six nights a week, while providing Bible study and addiction support.
They would also like to expand their services..help young people to break the cycle, show them another way.
Virginia Patino lives on the streets and is one of the many people helped by the Family of God Church.
“Part of our desire is to be able to step in from ages 5 to 12 and bring mentoring and positive thoughts and outcomes to these kids, and like we said – break the cycle,” said Pastor Jim Hill.
To help meet the needs, the church is seeking donations to help provide food and shelter. But right now there is a desperate need for coats, hats and gloves. They fear that many people will not be able to survive the harsh winter.
“Warming up and making people safe has been the most important thing for us and we’ve done everything we can,” said Cronkright.
Which means church volunteers are working to make sure the community knows that they are not being forgotten.
To donate winter coats, gloves, hats or financially, contact Pastor Tyler Cronkright at 810-240-4434 at Family of God Church 7354 Whittaker St, Detroit, MI 48209 www.fogdetroit.com or [email protected]