Two cities work together to fight homelessness

MARINETTE – Two cities are working across state lines to help reduce homelessness in the area.

“It’s hard. It really is, especially with teenagers,” said Kerry Brewer.

Kerry Brewer’s been homeless for a year.

“We lost our home because of our finances and it’s just been a fight ever since,” said Brewer.

She decided to attend the Project Homeless Connect event. It’s a partnership between more than two dozen organizations.

The goal of the project is to work with people just like Brewer to help them get back on their feet.

Forty people showed up for Tuesday’s event.

“I don’t think a lot of them have the resources to go to all the different entities to try and get the help they need,” said Nancy Getzloff, project organizer.

The state of Michigan gave organizers a $500 grant to help. It went toward things like food and other supplies.

Free clothing, haircuts and eye exams were also available. People also learned about housing and job opportunities in the area.

Brewer says it’s all a tremendous help.

“It’s more resources for me to where I can not only get my children the things that they need but also to get the family the stuff that we need,” said Brewer.

Organizers say since Marinette and Menominee are border cities, the some resources can’t cross the state line. But Tuesday’s event type was put into place to help those in need.

“People come here because they don’t have any place to go and a lot of your homeless shelters are full. There isn’t enough money to help people with housing. That’s a large problem; we just don’t have enough in this area,” said Dorothy Demarce, director of Haven of Hope shelter.

Organizers say they plan on doing the event next year.

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