Community | Fall 2018

Muskegon Rescue Mission: Emergency homeless shelters for men, women & families

Muskegon Rescue Mission
2018 ForeShore Adventure run featuring 20 obstacles on a wet and sandy 5k course. This event benefits the Muskegon Rescue Mission’s homeless shelters and food pantries. Huntington is a main sponsor, and Patrick Wittkopp (pictured), vice president Business Banking, has volunteered every year. (Photo Courtesy of MRM)

Founded in 1907, the Muskegon Rescue Mission (MRM) is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in the area, with a goal to help homeless neighbors by creating a dependence upon God and independence within society. 

“We serve people from all walks of life here,” says  Dan Skoglund,  executive director. “First we take care of their immediate needs, food, clothing and shelter. Once we have taken care of their immediate physical needs, our case managers talk with them to determine what circumstances brought them to the mission. The case manager, in cooperation with our guest, then creates a clear path to enable our guest to create sustainable life change.”

What MRM does

MRM operates two separate emergency shelters—one for men and one for women and families—but there is always room for more. 

“We are never full,” Skoglund says. “Even if we run out of beds, we do not turn people away. And everyone is welcome to come here for food or clothing—whether sleeping here or not.” 

MRM currently serves an average of 65 people per night and provides about 3,000 meals every week. Not only does it provide emergency shelter for homeless men, women and families, it provides them three hot meals daily, access to clothing, a recovery program for homeless seeking help and a New Life program for people wanting to get their families back on track, as well as fellowship and spiritual guidance.

How its people help

“We operate with a network of case workers, shelter staff and volunteers,” says Skoglund. They often receive referrals from the Department of Human Services, churches, community agencies, police, area businesses and individuals.

“Some guests have jobs but no housing, and we help them with that; some need help finding jobs; some need other social services. We help them with whatever services they need,” he says.

Skoglund says Huntington has helped not only with financing options to grow the organization, but by providing scores of active volunteers. The bank also sponsors and helps operate the annual Adventure Run fundraising event.

“Without Huntington, we couldn’t do what we do,” he says.

About the organization

Name: Muskegon Rescue Mission
City: Muskegon, Michigan
Phone: (231) 727-6090
Mission: To demonstrate and proclaim God’s love to the less fortunate and homeless people of West Michigan.

How you can help

MRM is a non profit organization accepting monetary donations and volunteer assistance. No matter your skill set, we have an opportunity for you. Please visit the website to donate or apply.