Utility bill may force Saginaw outreach center to close - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Utility bill may force Saginaw outreach center to close


(12/06/13)- It's the season for giving, and a local shelter is asking you to consider the gift of warmth. The Lighthouse Outreach Center in Saginaw is in a tough spot, and now many in need could be left out in the cold.

The Outreach Center operates as a warming shelter on weekdays and a church on Saturdays. The facility also provides a number of other resources for the hungry and homeless.

Pastor Carrolynn Summers and her husband began running the center in 1999. Her husband passed away in 2005. She's been left to pay the bills and run the operation alone with money out of her own pocket.

She says an oversight and a health scare caused her to fall behind on the energy bill. Now, the center has to come up with more than $1,200 by Jan. 3, or the power will be turned off. Pastor Summers is hoping for a miracle, because she says so many people depend on the center.

"You don't know what someone else is going through until you walk in their shoes, and everybody can fall on hard times. We have people who have college degrees, we've got people from other churches that come here because they are embarrassed to go to their church and say they need, but they'll come here."

You can help the center by making a donation or by dropping of clothing at Team One Credit Union. Lighthouse Outreach Center is located at 808 Janes Street. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 12:30- 4 p.m.

Contact Pastor Summers by calling 989-928-9096.


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