2017-09-07 / News

Mustard Seed Shelter sows hope in Saginaw

By Cameron Kerkau

Mustard Seed Shelter and New Hope Valley Retirement Community are once again partnering to sow seeds of hope throughout the Saginaw township area. The second annual Sowing Seeds of Hope fundraiser will be held at New Hope Valley Retirement Community, located at 5155 McCarty Road, on Thursday, Oct. 5 2017.

Mustard Seed Shelter has been providing shelter for women and women with children in the Saginaw community for 23 years. According to Amy Bartels Roe, director of Mustard Seed, the shelter offers a bed, laundry facilities, food and stability to women in need.

“We welcome them as our guests and help resolve their immediate crisis,” said Bartels Roe.

The shelter takes its name of the biblical references of the seed. The Book of Matthew says that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains, and the Book of Mark says that the mustard seed, although it is the smallest of seeds, when it is planted and watered grows into the biggest of trees providing shelter for the birds of the Earth.

According to Bartels Roe, the shelter waters the seed of inner strength in homeless women so that they can make a better life for themselves and for their children.

“The water that we give them is love, compassion, mercy and forgiveness, and that's the water that helps them grow into the best person that they can be,” says Bartels Roe.

The shelter is very grateful to New Hope Valley Retirement Community for hosting the Sowing Seeds of Hope fundraiser event, according to Bartels Roe. The fundraiser will feature live and silent auctions, raffles, door prizes and entertainment by Leo and Mary Faith. Tickets for the event are $50 per person, drinks begin at 6:15 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:45 p.m.

Bartels Roe says that the fundraiser isn’t the only way community members can help the shelter. Mustard Seed is always in need of volunteers, and opportunities range from answering phones to repair work and providing transportation for guests at the shelter.

“One thing that makes Mustard Seed so strong and so vital is the number of volunteers who come through our door,” says Bartels Roe.

For more information call (989) 755-4741 or visit www.themustardseedshelter.org.

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