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Isabella County Restoration House Named Non-Profit of the Month

Tuesday, July 1, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Duane Breijak
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Mount Pleasant, MI, July 1, 2014 – The Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH) has been named the July 2014 Non-Profit of the Month by the National Association of Social Workers – Michigan Chapter. ICRH provides immediate, temporary housing to homeless individuals of all social and cultural identities in Isabella County and advocates for access to services needed by patrons to address their individual needs.

The agency was established in 2013 when a clear community need was discovered in Isabella County; there was a lack of housing options for individuals struggling with homelessness. To meet this immediate need during the coldest months of the year, a committee formed which was dedicated to operating a rotating homeless shelter. With tremendous support and funding from the community as well as a large grant from United Way, the shelter was able to operate from January to March, rotating weekly between 12 local churches. In the first year of operation 49 individuals were sheltered; including three families with young children. The shelter averaged nine guests per night, helped nine guests gain permanent housing, and helped six guests obtain employment.

“Being a part of this process every step of the way was an incredibly rewarding and wonderful experience,” said social worker and ICRH Board Member Angel Foster.  “The process of going from a few people encouraged by a presentation on homelessness, to a research group, to developing a mission and an organization, to obtaining a 501-c3 status and developing an official board of directors, to developing policies, procedures, and operation manuals, to rallying mass community support, to actually staffing and operating the shelter is a great experience, especially for a fresh BSW graduate. It is one thing to hear about making a difference and the steps behind forming a social service organization, but it’s a totally different experience to be creating the organization and seeing impacts in the community!”

ICRH has a long term vision of collaborating with social service agencies in the area to develop a comprehensive, cost-effective, and sustainable social service center with a goal of helping guests move from homeless and invisible to independent and contributing.  To get involved or find more information about ICRH go to http://icrhouse.org/.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with over 130,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.


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