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More Than A Place To Stay For Women

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The City Rescue Mission and their women and children's shelter are close to setting another record this year for people finding a place to get warm.

Finding her next meal and a place to sleep has been a constant struggle for Mckenzie Davis, 18. "I was staying wherever I could," Davis said.

Davis says she was constantly moving between shelters and friends houses, but soon she'd scrolled through all her options on her phone. Fortunately, a counselor led her to the women and children's center of the Lansing City Rescue Mission.

"It makes me happy because I get to see these little kids and I know that they're not out in the cold and it's better for me knowing I'm going to have a place to rest my head at night."

Along with a hot meal and chapel time the center helps close to 100 women and children every night. "We'll take care of anyone who comes, if we have to put them on a mattress or the floor, we'll do that," said City Rescue Mission Executive Director Mark Criss.

But most importantly Mckenzie says the women and children here are now her support system and they offer hope.

"I see them being able to do it and I see the babies able to do it and smiling and it makes myself feel a lot better about being here, knowing if they can go through it, then I can go through it with them."

Davis says her time there has changed her outlook on life and shown her the importance of paying it forward.

"He said even a smile would help, so I got my snack out that I had with me, I gave him a smile and was on my way...pretty much a blessing to be here," Mckenzie said.

A warm blessing that she says has landed her a job interview and the chance for a brighter future.

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