Capacity Building and Shelter Expansion Project

Every day, we have to turn women and their children away because our beds are full. Help us “extend the branch” and double the number of families we serve by donating to our capacity building and shelter expansion project. The Extend the Branch campaign will fund a 3,500-square-foot addition and renovations to our current facility as well as create a building preservation fund for maintenance and repairs once the project is complete.

Campaign Goals and Progress

We are aiming to raise $1 million to fund the capacity building and shelter expansion project, as well as create a building preservation fund for maintenance and repairs once the project is complete.

$960,000 of $1,000,000

Last updated: September 15, 2020

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    Project Overview

    Once the capacity building and shelter expansion project is complete, our Shelter will include the following elements:

    • Ten new single guest bedrooms, including a handicap-accessible suite

    • Guest bedrooms designed to accommodate families

    • 24-hour staffing suites (for volunteer, staff or social work/nursing intern)

    • New and upgraded bathrooms for guests, staff and visitors

    • Private intake and counseling office

    • Conference room

    • Expanded kitchen, dining and living room areas

    • Two spacious laundry rooms

    • Children’s playroom

    • Exercise room/meditation space

    • Food and supply storage areas

    • Renovated office space

    • “Enviro-closet,” to prevent bedbug infestation from newly arriving guests

    • Updates and upgrades to existing building to improve energy efficiency, safety and comfort

    • Additional parking

    Mustard Seed Expansion Floor Plan
    Tammy Baker

    “The pieces of my life came together at Mustard Seed Shelter. I was able to build my life, and it was the love I found there that made all the difference.”

    – Tammy Baker, former guest

    The seeds of our Extend the Branch capacity building and shelter expansion project were planted in 2015 following a backyard barbecue and the efforts of a grateful former guest.

    Read Tammy’s Story »

    Project Timeline

    Our Supporters

    Thank You to All of Our Donors and Partners!

    The Extend the Branch Campaign is truly a community effort – nearly 200 individual donors have given to the project so far and we have formed countless new partnerships through the process. Each and every gift will make a difference and help us reach our goal.

    Sponsorship Levels

    • Platinum     $50,000+

    • Diamond     $25,000-$49,999

    • Gold            $10,000-$24,999

    • Silver           $5,000-$9,999

    • Bronze        $1,000-$4,999

    • Copper       Up to $999

    Interested in donor naming opportunities?
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    Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation
    R.C. Hendrick & Son, Inc.
    Dave & Lori Pendleton
    Patricia A. Shaheen Family
    Sunshine Lady Foundation
    Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation
    Catholic Diocese of Saginaw
    Richard J. Garber Foundation
    Allen E. & Marie A. Nickless Foundation
    Schaefer Family Foundation
    SVSU Student Association BOV 2017
    Wickson-Link Memorial Foundation
    B+B Marketing Communications
    John and Sharon Benson
    Dow Chemical Foundation
    Glastender
    Jim Jaime
    Mike’s Wrecker/Moving & Storage
    Kraig & Sarah Pendleton
    Saginaw Society for Crippled Children
    SC Johnson
    Charlie Wargel Project Manager

    Wolohan Family Foundation

    Ascension Lutheran
    Builders First Source
    Jeanne Murphy Causley
    Diocese of Saginaw
    St. Dominic Parish
    Horizons Conference Center
    Howard Structural Steel
    Independent Bank
    Richard A. Mansfield & Erlene Mansfield Charitable Trust
    Vincente Martinez
    Mercantile Bank
    Michigan Pipe & Valve
    Morley  Companies
    Harry A. & Margaret D. Towsley Foundation
    Women in Leadership GLBR
    Gerry B. Bishop
    Gloria Byrne
    Blessed Trinity Catholic Church
    Builders First Source
    Case Funeral Home
    Century 21
    DML Management
    Duperon
    EZ Pro Delivery
    Rev. James Falsey
    Frankenmuth Insurance Charitable Foundation
    Fullerton Tool
    Future Insurance Agency
    Garber Management Group
    Graham Construction
    Grapp Lerash
    Hausbeck Pickle Company
    Deborah Huntley
    Independent Bank
    Rev. Jack Johnson
    Jolt Credit Union
    Phyllis Meek
    Carmen Mora
    Michael & Kathryn Neuchterlein
    Nacarato Family
    Samuel Nacarato
    Rittmueller Real Property LLC
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    David Sawchuck
    Ruth & Dick Schomaker
    Laurie Shell
    Duane Siler Inc.
    Skorupski Family Funeral Home
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    Laura Stoeckel
    Patricia Stratton
    Matthew & Cecelia Sullivan
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    Lynnette Albosta

    Altrusa Club of Saginaw
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    Gabriella Hoffman
    Betty Horner
    Michael & Georgette Howko
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    Frank & Mary Ann Johnson
    Nancy Johnson

    Lillian Jones-Thomas

    Charles & Sue Kaltenbach
    Frederick Kawka
    Mary Kelly
    Murel & Susan Kessler
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    Dr. Nikolai & Dr. Lioudmila Kinachtchouk
    Carl King
    Terri Kohler
    Mark & Carol Kraynak
    Joseph & Sueann Kwaiser
    Cynthia LaMarre
    Linda Lewis
    Ronald & Jean Lickly
    Lawrence Lonsway
    Robert & Cathryn Looby
    Carol Lopez
    Kathryn Macmillan
    In honor of Margaret Mahoney McNew
    Joseph & Ruth Malek
    Nancy Martin
    Barbara McDonald
    Mavis McLean
    Mary & Mary Beth Moeller
    Donald & Helen Morse

    John Nelson
    Rose Nickodemus
    Peter Nowosad
    Larry & Karen Nuechterlein

    Oracle Brewing Company LLC
    Daniel & Dawn Ozark
    Jessica Parrott

    Peace Lutheran Church
    Kay Pearson
    Charles & Veronica Pelzer

    Portraits by Gregg
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    Michael Roberts
    William & Margaret Roberts
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    Thomas & Donna Rudy
    John & Elinor Rudy
    James Rummler

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    Dr. & Mrs. Galileo Sarmiento
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    Scottish Inn
    Joseph & Linda Sedlock
    Jacob Shinner

    Eve & Matthew Shuler

    Shuler Automotive
    Mary Siegreen
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    Leona Sullivan

    Megan Sullivan
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    Ryan Sullivan

    Superior Vault Company
    Robert & Margaret Susalla
    Swan Valley United Methodist Church
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    Gerry VanSickle
    Pearl Vasher
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    Kevin & Nancy Waier
    Warner Norcross & Judd LLC

    Bradley & Mary Kay Wiechelman
    Ross & Kim Winchell
    Everett & Patricia Woods
    Joyce Zolinski

    “The best part of my day is meeting Jesus in these women and walking alongside them as they rebuild their lives. The hardest part is the five or six calls a day we get from women we have to turn away.” 

    – Amy Bartels Roe, Director, Mustard Seed Shelter