Simply put, we rely on the generosity of donors to maintain a shelter in Alpena. Without donors, we would not exist.
At Sunrise Mission, it is our desire to see homelessness end for each individual who walks through our doors. We do this by offering them a hand up, not a hand out.
Sunrise Mission is a non-profit organization. We rely on donations for more than 60% of our budget.
Without support, the dozens of agencies that refer people to us would have nowhere to send those referrals, leaving those looking for shelter with nowhere to go. It is likely that Alpena would see an increase in the number of people wandering the streets looking for a place to sleep. In cold weather, this undoubtedly would have a disastrous consequence. As a compassionate community, we should not allow this to happen. Alpena and the 3 other counties we serve (Presque Isle, Montmorency and Alcona) really do need this resource.
In accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Law, the Sunrise Mission does not discriminate against any person beause of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.
Sunrise Mission accepts donations of vehicles. Guest of the Mission, Elizabeth and her daughter, received this kind donation. Receipt of the vehicle was made possible by a generous donor, J&S Auto, Alpena Transmission, Word of Life Church and Georgie's Towing.
Donated vehicles are inspected for safety. In most cases they can be brought up to safety standards. The vehicle will then either be sold as a boost to the Mission budget, or given to a family that qualifies. To qualify, a person must have a valid license and proof that they can support the related vehicle expenses. Giving a vehicle to someone in need is a very rewarding experience because mobility can help address a tremendous number of hurdles that stand in the way of that person getting back on their feet.