Craig women’s shelter now in business | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig women’s shelter now in business

LOVE MI seeks to help homeless people in area

Yvette Davis, center, holds open the door of a new women's shelter alongside the many supporters of Loyal Outreach Voluntary Evangelistic Ministries International Inc. LOVE MI hosted an open house Sunday afternoon for the location, which is designed to assist women and young children going through difficult times with a place to live and educational opportunities.

— This weekend saw an important achievement for Yvette Davis, and keeping it together emotionally wasn't easy.

"I broke down seeing all this come to a head because it wasn't an easy road," she said.

The cause of Davis' burst of joy was an open house for the women's shelter through Loyal Outreach Voluntary Evangelistic Ministries International Inc., or LOVE MI. The group dedicated its new location on Russell Street on Sunday afternoon.

The organization focuses on assisting women and their children — primarily ranging from infants up to age 12 — "from all walks of life," Davis said.

Providing similar functions as Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley and Advocates Crisis Support Services, LOVE MI particularly is attuned to those in the area who are struggling to maintain their living situation.

Davis said a rising trend of homelessness in Northwest Colorado was something she wanted to combat. The facilities of the shelter are well-furnished to ensure those who stay there — it can house about nine people comfortably — feel like they're in a home.

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"I don't believe in giving persons something I wouldn't want," Davis said.

Additionally, LOVE MI offers educational opportunities and other services to help its clients get back on their feet, maintaining a relationship with Moffat County Social Services in some instances.

Davis' inspiration for the shelter came from a time when she was assisted by a shelter while living in the Bahamas. For 15 years, she has wanted to start her own such project and fulfill what she feels God has called her to do.

Paula Misenhelter, secretary for the LOVE MI five-person board of directors, also had an experience in which she was in need of temporary housing, leading her to get involved with the cause. Marital problems forced her and her children to relocate, and while the outlook is brighter now, at one point it seemed very dark.

"There was just nowhere for us to go, and we finally got some help, but it would have been nice to have something like this," she said.

The offices for LOVE MI are located at 576 Yampa Ave., and those seeking its services can visit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The group operates with confidentiality for all its clients.

"We really just want to say thank you in general to the community for accepting and allowing this," Davis said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

LOVE MI

Loyal Outreach Voluntary Evangelistic Ministries International Inc. is a shelter for women and young children from all walks of life. Its offices are located at 576 Yampa Ave., with regular hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The group always is seeking volunteers. For more information, call 970-824-1066 or 970-824-1718, and for emergencies, call 970-756-7113.