With new store location, LOVE MI continues to serve
February 26, 2016
Craig — For Yvette Williams Davis, the act of serving women who need shelter transcends immediate physical needs.
"If I could empower one person, one of those women at a time, then they could go back into their community and be part of a change," said Davis, pastor of Loyal Outreach Voluntary Evangelistic Ministries International, or LOVE MI, in Craig.
Davis has been running a women's shelter and a thrift store for about two years — the shelter opened in May 2014, and the shop opened in January 2014 — and since July, she's been operating the store in a new location at 2218 Baker Drive. Davis said the store has evolved to focus more on household items such as sofas, dressers, kitchenware and many smaller objects. She said there's less emphasis now on clothes, which were a slower sell.
The new location also features a large room that can easily facilitate Bible study groups and other activities. The new space is different in other ways, as well.
"It has changed (the store) tremendously," she said, noting that she's received quite a number of compliments from customers. "With the windows, it's airier — and there's more light."
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Before Davis moved to Craig about four years ago, she lived in Nassau, Bahamas, where she was born. It was there, more than a decade ago, that she began thinking about a shelter.
"It was about 15 years ago that God placed this vision in my spirit in regards to a shelter," she said. "I just didn't know I was going to end up in these parts."
The shelter on Russell Street is designed for women and children, with an age limit of 12 for male children. Davis said her own experiences help her to empathize with the women who stay in the shelter.
"I know what it is to face homelessness," she said. "I have been a single mother, up until the time I married my husband. I've experienced some of those struggles."
She married Dr. Wayne Davis, a veterinarian in Craig. The two met when Dr. Davis was in the Bahamas for a work-related project.
Volunteers, Yvette Williams Davis said, would be welcome at the shelter.
"We're looking for persons who have that passion, and who feel that they're called to this," she said. "An outreach ministry is not an easy ministry. You have to be sensitive to (the people who need help), and so we're looking for people with passion."
It's that sort of passion, tempered with understanding, that Davis herself exudes.
"Every day I pray to God to give me the wisdom, the knowledge and the understanding" to work with the people who need help, she said. "In my soul, I am not just satisfied with the fact of giving just a bed and a meal. I would actually like to see (the people who come here) delivered and set free."
People who are interested in Davis's work can call her at 970-824-1066 or 970-756-7113.