Laura Beth Stephens is our Director of Daily Operations. Laura Beth’s passion and charisma for her work is unmatched. We’re so thankful for Jackson County Chamber of Commerce for providing her the Leadership Jackson opportunity!
The Board of Directors of the Jackson Interfaith Shelter has appointed Stephen Castle as the new Chief Executive Officer/ Executive Director of the Jackson Interfaith Shelter.
Board President Phil Morgan said, “The Board of Directors, staff and community are excited to have Stephen Castle help us in the battle against homelessness and hunger in Jackson. Steve’s caring nature, strong leadership skills, dedication to serving others, along with his great personality; will greatly broaden the horizons of the Interfaith Shelter and the people that we serve. We are blessed.”
Steve has served the Jackson community for many years, initially as a teacher at Jackson’s Paragon Charter Academy and the past 10 years at Spring Arbor University where he also received his undergraduate and masters degrees. Beyond his duties within the Student Development and Advancement offices of Spring Arbor University, Steve was an adjunct instructor leading cross cultural study trips to Uganda and Zambia, Africa as well as courses and service opportunities focused on poverty related issues in Detroit and Hamtramck. Prior to returning to the Jackson area following his graduation from college Steve, and his wife Heather, served as United States Peace Corps Volunteers for 2 years in Zambia. While in Zambia they lived in a rural village with members of the Kaonde Tribe and focused on rural education development and HIV/AIDS awareness.
In starting his new role with the Interfaith Shelter, Steve said, “I’m excited and very humbled to be stepping into this important position. I’m grateful for the selfless service that has been demonstrated by the staff, leadership, and board of Interfaith Shelter. I look forward to gleaning their wisdom and doing my part to ensure we continually grow in the care of those experiencing homelessness in the Jackson Community. Additionally, I’m anxious to partner with individuals and other organizations throughout the county to ensure we offer holistic service and sustainable aid.”
Board President Morgan added, “With Steve’s help we plan on developing the Interfaith Shelter’s leadership role in our community while ensuring we maintain our foundation as a place of calm and refuge for our brothers and sisters.”
We REALLY need your help!
Our dishwasher of almost 20 years has washed its final dish. While we're getting our new one installed, our kitchen will not be fully functional. To make sure we don't miss a beat as we continue to feed our nearly 300 meals each day, we've worked out a menu that involves lots of grilling, cold cuts (or PB&J), and soup. Below is a list of the specific items we need for this 5 day process. Any amounts (large or small) you can contribute would be a blessing!
1500 disposable and recyclable plates
1500 sets of disposable and recyclable cutlery (spoon, knife, and fork)
1500 disposable and recyclable cups
600 disposable and recyclable bowls
200 Hot dogs
200 Hot dog buns
200 Hamburger buns
Potato Salad for 200
Potato Chips for 200
Coleslaw for 200
Cold Cereal for 500
25 Gallons of white milk (any variety)
**any financial contributions to help with the purchase of the new dishwasher would be greatly appreciated! The dishwasher cost $4000.** Online donations can be made at www.interfaithshelter.com
Please comment below with what you're able to contribute. (Any amount towards these goals would be helpful.)
Today, June 24th, is service day at Jackson Free Methodist Church. We were blessed to have a large group of them bring, grill and serve our lunch today. They did this out in the parking lot across from our shelter and it was a great time for our residents and the community.
Thank you Jackson Free Methodist for "serving" us today.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jackson (with loads of help from Flagstar Bank employees) gave our outdoor play area a facelift, and we couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome! Thank you, for giving hope to our kids outdoor area! Isn't the outdoor play kitchen adorable?!?
Please help us make summer not stink! We are running very low on body wash, and deodorant. Drop off your donations at the front desk anytime, and feel free to request a receipt if needed. Thank you!
If you're wanting to learn more about the struggle of affordable housing, we invite you to view this short video. Within the video, Jackson Housing Commission's director, Laurie Ingram speaks of our communities struggle in her recent appearance on the Bart Hawley show.
Thanks again for your service TAC!