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Degage Ministries

Dégagé Ministries works as nucleus for homeless

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 11-27-2018 under NONPROFITS

“Dégagé was the nucleus for us. Every day we would come here to eat and find out where to go.” Jack, an Air Force veteran and a dear friend of the ministry, expresses the difficulty he and his fiancé Della faced while they were homeless...

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Good Neighbor Program creates more welcoming neighborhood

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 09-27-2017 under NONPROFITS

Being a good neighbor in the Heartside Community is not only important to Dégagé, but also to our patrons. Over three years ago, an anonymous donor saw a need in our community and initiated the Good Neighbor Program. This program continues to thrive...

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Letter from Marge Palmerlee on importance of gathering

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 05-22-2017 under NONPROFITS

I recently read that Vivek Murthy, the former U.S. Surgeon General, said the greatest health crisis in our country is not cancer or heart disease or obesity. It is isolation! This is a startling revelation and a heartbreaking reality that I witness...

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Dégagé Ministries to host event to benefit local women battling homelessness

by (mackenziebush13)

Submitted 03-02-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Dégagé Ministries will be hosting an event called Open Door Open Hearts on Thursday, March 5 to benefit the services they provide for women in the Grand Rapids area. It is an event by women, for women and to benefit women. Grand Rapids women will...

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Focus on Issues: Panhandling in Grand Rapids

by (GRTV)

Submitted 09-10-2014 under NONPROFITS

The latest episode of Focus on Issues focuses on panhandling in Grand Rapids. In early June, the Grand Rapids City Commission attempted to pass an ordinance that would put limitations on panhandling, such as banning begging from motorists. The vote...

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Story Matters: Jessica Blair compares life at Degage to her home in Heritage Hill

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 07-14-2014 under NONPROFITS

We build community when we share our stories - whether they be a memory, an experience or just simply telling what we think is great about this place. STORY MATTERS. is a story collecting project from The Rapidian and GRTV. The Rapidian's...

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Degage Ministries to celebrate 10 years of Open Door Women's Center with fundraiser

by (Whitney Pavlica)

Submitted 03-11-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

On Thursday, March 13, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Degage Ministries will throw its “Open Door, Open Hearts” benefit for the Open Door Women's Center at the Celebration Cinema Wave Room (2121 Celebration Dr...

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Second graders raise funds for disadvantaged women

by (Waltonm)

Submitted 08-26-2013 under NEWS

The media center at Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center rang with hammer blows. Teams of second graders and kindergarteners were hard at work building birdhouses while volunteering women from Dégagé Ministries guided them. The birdhouses were...

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Dégagé: A look inside

by (GRCC Compositio...)

Submitted 03-15-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

This article was written and edited by Meghan Apsey, Blake Botti, Michael Freitag, Ally Hughes, and Brie Rosencrants for EN 102-1593 at GRCC. Each day between four hundred and five hundred Rapidians seek the aid of Dégagé Ministries for food,...

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The Pros and Cons of Dégagé Ministries in Heartside Neighborhood

by (Michael Tuffelmire)

Submitted 11-25-2009 under OPINION

Revised on Dec. 11 in light of new information. Click here for more information. Dégagé Ministries. That name sounds like salvation to some individuals. To others, that name can invoke feelings of animosity. Dégagé has been a source of contention...

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