City’s homeless shelter reaches out for donations and assistance


LAPEER COUNTY — The vast majority of Lapeer County residents are able to live their lives in safe and peaceful surroundings of their own homes and apartments.

Unfortunately, there remains s sometimes overlooked segment of the population that has no place to call home.

For those indiviiduals, The Refuge of Lapeer can serve as a welcome haven to hang their hats.

As the City of Lapeer’s only homeless shelter, The Refuge again finds itself in need of some items to improve the quality of life for its residents.

Refuge volunteer Greg Goebel said the shelter is reaching out the community for donations to help fill some of those needs.

“This year our Giving Tuesday project is a washer/dryer and a wheelchair-accessible ramp,” Goebel said. “We hope that we can all work together to make sure every guest and volunteer can freely and safely access our building and easily wash laundry.”

On ‘Giving Tuesday,’ Nov. 29, Refuge volunteers will be asking for community donations of $25, $50 and $100 to help raise the level of services at the homeless facility.

“This holiday season, we need help in setting up a washer/dryer at the shelter,” Goebel said. “We’re also need help with building a ramp together with our neighbors and friends from all over Lapeer County and beyond.”

For more information about The Refuge, visit the website at: to make a donation.

Or contact Greg Goebel at

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.