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Thankful for Second Chances, New Clients Share What Brought Them to Guiding Light

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 07-01-2020 under NONPROFITS

In mid-March, Guiding Light halted intake of new clients into our Recovery and Back to Work programs. We loaned our building to the Kent County Health Department so individuals experiencing homelessness who contracted the novel coronavirus could be...

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Guiding Light to Host a Virtual Ministry Update May 5

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 05-04-2020 under NONPROFITS

While many businesses and organizations have slowed or halted operations, Guiding Light has continued its rescue, recovery and re-engagement programming and is in need of community support.  The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit will host a virtual...

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Guiding Light Loans Facility to Kent County to Serve as a COVID-19 Isolation Center for Those Experiencing Homelessness

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 03-27-2020 under NONPROFITS

Guiding Light has voluntarily loaned its facility at 255 S. Division Ave. to Kent County so it can serve as an isolation center for those experiencing homelessness in the Heartside neighborhood who may contract COVID-19. In cooperation with the Kent...

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Despite Highly Engaged Community, Heartside Residents Fear Displacement

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 11-22-2019 under NONPROFITS

“It's growing in a positive direction, people are listening to resident suggestions”,  a resident of the Heartside neighborhood responded when asked to describe the strengths of their neighborhood as part of the Hearside...

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From Self-Destruction to Self-Awareness

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 11-18-2019 under NONPROFITS

The story isn’t an uncommon one. Andy was attending high school in Novi, and was a member of the lacrosse team, participating in bowling, and golf. His family belonged to a country club and life was, arguably, good. It started with a bit...

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Activating Downtown Spaces: Heartside Community Reclaims Pekich Park

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 09-03-2019 under NONPROFITS

The consensus work that Maloney and other local stakeholders have contributed to the Heartside Quality of Life Study is now coming to fruition. This summer, Pekich Park, which has been a historically problematic area for neighbors, saw...

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Positioning Residents to be the Voice of Change

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 08-13-2019 under NONPROFITS

“You can build all the buildings in the world, but unless you create relationships and connections with residents, things won’t happen,” explains Suzanne Schultz, the outgoing Managing Director of Design and Development for the...

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National Night Out in the Heartside Downtown Neighborhood

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 07-30-2019 under NONPROFITS

“Community events like National Night Out are what bring everyone together collectively, while connecting people with the resources that they need,” says Marvin Thomas, Heartside Downtown Neighborhood leader. The Heartside Downtown...

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Annual Heartside Cleansweep Inspires Community Through Volunteering

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 04-23-2019 under NONPROFITS

As flowers bloom along downtown sidewalks and  grass becomes greener, debris and trash leftover from the previous winter’s snow banks litter the sides of our city’s streets. Come summer, these piles of rubbish disappear, unnoticed...

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"Dear Commissioner..." 10 Steps for Writing Elected Representatives for Neighborhood Advocates

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 04-04-2019 under NONPROFITS

To many, reaching to a public official about their cares and concerns can be intimidating. Most Americans never reach out to an elected representative, and although there is pessimism about resident power within government, Grand Rapids public...

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