A nonprofit is building new beds to help a shelter prepare for winter.
Next Step of West Michigan will deliver 54 beds at the end of October for the increased number of women at Mel Trotter Ministries.
Typically, the 25 beds designated for single women at Mel Trotter Ministries are enough to accommodate the need.
Mel Trotter Ministries said it has experienced a 40% increase of single women seeking emergency shelter over the last year. Many of them are living with mental illness or are survivors of domestic violence or other traumatic situations.
The need for more beds will be even more significant as winter approaches, when Mel Trotter serves upwards of 500 men, women and children each night.
Mel Trotter is working on a campaign to raise $25,000 by Oct. 31. The funds will help build and purchase custom wooden beds, replace old mattresses, and supply new linens and pillows.
Any money raised beyond the designated goal will help replace and upgrade other beds throughout the Mission shelter and support operations and expenses for the Mission.