The Homeless Angels is a Christian street-based ministry in Lansing, Michigan, founded in 2013 with a mission to find, befriend and build up those that are less fortunate.
The Homeless Angels have put together a street ministry team who combs the riverbanks and underpasses in search of new faces while continuing to build up those we’ve come to know and love. This team provides immediate relief by way of food, blankets, personal care items, tarps and even tents when necessary all with a mission to help get some off the street and into the hotel.
Dinner in the Park
The Homeless Angels host Dinner in the Park every Sunday in different locations around Lansing. We gear up the food truck and hit the streets to provide meals to those less fortunate. Depending on the park and weather conditions we generally serve between 30 – 250 people each week with the average being around 100. It’s hard to gauge what’s needed each week so in most cases we over prepare. Any leftover food is immediately brought to the hotel where we make sure the 70+ people we currently have staying with us always have plenty to eat.
Community Funded Hotel
In 2014 we formed the first ever community funded hotel program at the Magnuson hotel in Lansing allowing the general public to pay for a homeless person or homeless families room for a night. For $28, someone who would be sleeping on the street NOW had a warm bed and HOPE.
We have since purchased our first hotel, The Burkewood Inn, on November 1st, 2016. Our initial goal was to continue using half of the hotel for paying guests while the other half could be used for Homeless Angels clients. Although that was a great plan, the sad reality is we need all 52 rooms for clients almost every single night due to the incredible amount of need.
Today, the hotel is run entirely as a shelter with no paying guests, that coupled with the fact that we are not government funded truly makes us a community-funded program and is the reason, now more than ever why we need your support. Today for just $19, you can become Sleep Over Safely partner and make a huge difference in the life of someone by providing them with a warm bed, clean sheets, hot shower, food and so much more!
In 2018 alone, there have been OVER 6000 safe sleeps provided by the community.
While staying at the hotel, each client has direct access to our client coordinators, staff and many volunteers that make this program so successful. Our staff and volunteers work with every person to assist with anything needed to get them back on their feet and into permanent housing.
Last but certainly not least, the President of the Homeless Angels, Mr. Timothy Baise leads the discipleship charge by hosting a Bible study on Tuesday nights at 7 PM right in the lobby of the hotel.
The Homeless Angels through donations and strategic partnerships have developed a step-up housing program that is second to none. We can make decisions without the red tape that typically comes with tenant/landlord relationships because we own the property!
Homes for Hope was started in 2017 when Homeless Angels were given their first house which happened to be a 4 unit on Pennsylvania Avenue; this property is now home to several of our recently housed homeless. Also, our President, Timothy Baise, heard from God in 2013 and started purchasing rental properties. Unbeknownst to him at the time, the plan was much bigger than just being a landlord. His company Three T’s Properties now owns and manages over 400 units, many of which are home to many of Lansing’s former homeless.
Our Mission is to: To rebuild and restore faith in humanity through innovative ideas, programs, and events to create REAL change for people that are homeless or at risk of homelessness.