MBK Continues to Transform Lives
Being Served, Serving and Giving Back
After a run-in with the law and serving his probation period, Marius Horton found himself homeless. He stated, “I came here, to My Brother’s Keeper, because they have a good program. They help us with housing.”
While at MBK, Marius says he met a lot of good people, MBK staff, shelter guests and a few of the veterans who are housed at MBK. He states, “They help veterans, which is really a wonderful thing.”
Marius takes advantage of opportunities to engage in volunteer services at MBK and he is excited to do so because he says it allows him to give back and describes that as ” a good thing.”
On Thanksgiving, he anxiously helped with the preparation of dinner and was overjoyed at the opportunity to serve those who he described as having nowhere to go and no one to go to. When referring to the opportunity to serve others, he said, ” I thank God for that. I also thank God for having somewhere safe and clean to sleep every night until I can get back on my feet and into my house.”
Marius praises MBK’s new Executive Director, Ms. Debra Hayes, who he says has been a great help to him. He is looking forward to self-help initiatives that she plans to implement such as G.E.D. classes and to resume instructional sessions on resume writing and completing job applications. Marius says he sees a lot of positive things going on at MBK and the fact that “we eat real good (laughs) and get to watch football” are all pluses in his book. He states that he really likes it at MBK, but is working on transitioning toward independent living. When he does, Marius states he is going to “continue to volunteer and give back and pay it forward.”
Marius concludes by stating that there aren’t enough words to describe the good things that going on in his life as he works on staying away from negative people and situations; those who are getting into trouble and doing drugs. He states, “Volunteering at MBK allows me to give back, but it also me as well. As the Good Book says, ‘As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another’ (Proverbs 27:17).”
Most importantly, Marius states being at MBK has helped him spiritually. He has reconnected with his pastor and has also reunited with the church. We are pleased to announce that Marius is the proud owner of his apartment and is no longer homeless. Marius’s success wouldn’t have been possible without the help from our donors. Please continue to DONATE to help MBK in its endeavor to end homelessness in Genesee County.
Making a Difference
If you would like to join MBK in making a difference in the life of those in need and contribute to the strength of our community, you can do so in one of four ways:
- Through our partners at Text-To-Give.
- Through our partners at Givelify.
- Through Paypal
- By sending a check to 101 N.Grand Traverse St, Flint, MI 48503.