Fire at Mount Clemens shelter displaces abuse victims

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A fire at a Mount Clemens shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault has displaced nearly 40 people.

Sue Coats, CEO and president of Turning Point Macomb, the nonprofit that operates the shelter, said the fire happened Sunday.

“(We) had to evacuate all the women and children,” she said in a statement Monday. “The shelter is closed for now while we assess and (repair) the damage to the facility.”

Spokesman Tom Martin said the fire appears to have been accidental and caused by an appliance. He said it has displaced the 12 adults and 25 children who were staying at the shelter.

Coats said Turning Point has secured alternative housing for the families, but is seeking donations to help pay rental and hotel costs.

To donate, call Turning Point at (586) 463-4430 or log on to

It has also set up a Go Fund Me account. As of 5 p.m. Monday, the campaign has raised $1,735 of its $25,000 goal.

Turning Point is the only agency of its kind in Macomb County. It provides a 24-hour crisis line, 24-hour emergency shelter, counseling, hospital and court advocacy, forensic nurses and prevention education programs.

It also operates Second Hand Rose, a resale shop that provides free items to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, and proceeds support Turning Point’s programs.

Since its inception 35 years ago, Turning Point has provided shelter and support for more than 26,000 domestic violence victims.

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