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Ele's Place provides a space for support and council for grieving children

Submitted 08-10-2017 under NONPROFITS

This week's episode of NPO Showcase features Ele's Place who offer peer groups and council to children who have experienced the loss of a loved one

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Rethinking child support, Part 1: How good parents go to jail

Submitted 08-08-2017 under OPINION

Examining why the our child support system is out of sync with society, and its impact on Kent County’s most economically disadvantaged parents.

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Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Parent University to host screenings of American Divided

Submitted 08-08-2017 under NONPROFITS

This film series explores some of America’s thorniest issues—criminal justice, housing equity, education, immigration, voting rights, labor, Flint’s water crisis—by telling the stories of the people who get caught on those thorns.

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Beer City recovery group for food industry workers to meet August 15

Submitted 08-01-2017 under NEWS

The recovery group, organized by members of the local food industry, offers support and discuss concerns related to alcoholism and substance abuse within the industry.

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Trolling under rainbow bridge

Submitted 07-31-2017 under OPINION

For all the discrimination and prejudice, I lamented in my first article, there was no acknowledgment of the disabled community. Even though I am not disabled, if I was going to get on a gay soap box about equal representation, I might want to make sure I’m not showcasing the same bias.

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City Commission passes resolutions regarding community, police relations

Submitted 07-27-2017 under NEWS

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at the Committee of the Whole meeting city officials discussed the Executive Summary for Community Talk Back Sessions and passed resolutions to hire PR and consulting firms.

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When 'them' becomes 'us': Standing with the Muslim community of Grand Rapids

Submitted 07-25-2017 under NONPROFITS

The Standing Together Partnership initiative created four new congregational partnerships. In these partnerships, each mosque was paired up with at least two Christian churches and a Jewish Synagogue.

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Hope Community meets housing needs of women, their children

Submitted 07-05-2017 under NONPROFITS

Hope Community facilities include a service center that houses offices for management and resident services staff as well as twelve private apartments.

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#GRTalksBack on policing: meetings use small-group format

Submitted 06-13-2017 under NEWS

Using a small-group format, the City of Grand Rapids hosted its first Community Listening meeting on policing in the Third Ward.

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Community listening sessions: What will you say about policing?

Submitted 06-09-2017 under OPINION

In light of the recent traffic stop study and incidents involving young African-American males and the police, the City of Grand Rapids will hold a series of "Community Listening Sessions" to deepen engagement around the issue of policing. With up to $5 million on the table, what will you say?

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