A TRUE GROUND BREAKING has been ongoing at the Owosso Homeless Angels campus on Park Street this week as construction efforts are underway. Tim Baise of Homeless Angels announced the construction work via social media on Tuesday, Feb. 12. “This is going to be Shiawassee’s only shelter,” Baise shared while discussing plans for the facility to actually “be more than just a shelter.” The new campus will have a commercial kitchen to provide meals, along with clothing, diapers and other essentials. But along with the day-to-day needs, Baise is hopeful that it will be a place for “mending broken hearts and giving hope to all those in the community that seem to have been lost or forgotten.”
Shown on Tuesday afternoon are Jay and Ed from American Plumbing who had the daunting task of removing some exceedingly heavy concrete in preparation for plumbing. A number of groups have come forward, donating supplies and/or time to the construction work. They include American Plumbing along with Ferguson Enterprises, Advanced Fire Sprinkler Design, K&H Concrete Cutting Inc., A-n-M Painting, Sherwin-Williams, Keetch Electric and several others.
Many will recall that Tim and Tracie Baise donated the Park Street property with the specific intent for it to become a homeless shelter. Tim Baise is hopeful that the project will be completed sometime in the next 90 to 120 days, though additional monetary donations are still very much needed.
Owosso Homeless Angels director, Shelly Ochodnicky, explained if only a small percentage of the 70,000 residents in Shiawassee County partnered with Homeless Angels through the Sleep Over Safely (SOS) program, then the campus could become a long-term community asset. As an SOS partner, just 62 cents per day or $19 per month, provides a safe bed for someone in need. More on this partnership is available at www.homelessangels.org.
Another way of helping with expenditures is through O-Town Café on N. Washington Street. O-Town is now offering patrons a “Homeless Hero” sandwich option with proceeds going to benefit Homeless Angels.
In relation to board members and current volunteers being tasked with numerous construction demands, it can be assumed that donated items such as clothing, toiletries, furnishings and more, will certainly be needed once construction is nearing completion – much later this spring. Until that time, monetary donations and gift cards are appreciated.
(Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)