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The AHM Literacy Program includes an outreach to children and their families who come to our Weekend Day Shelter. Each year, we work with over 400-500 children, providing recreational and learning activities each Saturday and Sunday through our Children and Families Program. We also send 15-25 children to a wonderful week away at summer camp, giving each one an experience and memories to create a brighter future.

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In the Lansing area, almost 50% of children live below the poverty level.  For children who are homeless, nights may be spent at a local overnight shelter, staying with a friend or relative, or sleeping in a car.  When they have no place of their own, these children and their families need a place to find respite from the struggles of poverty.  We help them, one step at a time.

Advent House Ministries, Inc. (AHM) reaches out to these children and their families by providing food, shelter, housing, education, and employment assistance.  AHM has created a "home base" through our Weekend Day Shelter for those struggling with poverty and homelessness.  It's here, in a welcoming "home," that we engage children in the most needy families through the Children and Families Program. They call it, "The House."

We improve the daily lives of children through community engagement, recreation, and learning. These opportunities build on the strengths of character and purpose gained in their experiences of working through poverty. Our program is offered every Saturday and Sunday to over 450 children annually between 4 and 17 years of age. 

In the AHM Children and Families Program, children are separated into groups by age/grade level and engage in activity modules including a physical activity in our gym, a learning time with curriculum designed for each child's learning level, and a life skills building session appropriate to age level. Program staff and volunteers work with parents/guardians of each child to promote family learning that compliments and supports the child's development.  


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*Actual person’s name not used to protect privacy.

For a child growing up without a home, the world can look pretty small and gray. Homelessness and poverty affect over 51 percent of the children in our community. Marcel* is one of those children. His family struggles with all the issues of poverty every day. But, this past summer, he had a chance to open the door to another world filled with hope – he went away for an amazing week at Camp Greenwood.

On the drive to camp, as the city faded in the distance and sunny fields and wooded hills rolled by, Marcel watched quietly. Some sights were too wonderful to simply observe. “Look! There’re horses!” he’d exclaim. “Wow! Are those cows? Is that a real farm?” And then, in a very small voice, “It’s so beautiful.”

At the end of a week of camp, our volunteer driver picked up Marcel and asked if he was ready to go home. Marcel said, “I kinda missed my family. But I don’t really want to leave … Can I come back here again?” The volunteer reassured Marcel that Advent House would find a way to get him to camp again next summer.

Every year, Advent House Ministries sends children away to Camp Greenwood, in Gowen, Michigan. When we send a child to camp, we supply all that they need, including basic items that their families are not able to supply, such as clothing, shoes, sleeping bags, towels, etc., as well as transporting each child to and from camp. The cost of sending one child to summer camp for a week is $600 (including camp fees and the cost of clothing and supplies). Your generous support of all or part of this cost can make a world of difference to a child – and open a world of hope. For more information, call Susan Cancro at 517-485-4722.