homelessness

Dégagé's Open Door Patron Advocate 'walks alongside women'

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 03-13-2017 under NONPROFITS

Hello, my name is Jennie and I am the Open Door Patron Advocate. My role is to walk alongside the women who are staying in the Open Door Women’s Center. During the women’s stay at Dégagé, each woman is required to meet with me once a...

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Dégagé Ministries strives to reflect the love of Christ

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 03-07-2017 under NONPROFITS

“To reflect the love of Christ to all who come through our doors.…” The beginning of our mission statement is our foundation. Christ loves us so that we can love those He loves. Here at Dégagé, we know that every person who walks...

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Serving Heartside neighborhood for 50 years

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 03-01-2017 under NONPROFITS

By Marge Palmerlee Where were you in 1967? Some of you were newly married, and some of you weren’t even born yet. Some of you were starting careers, moving away to college, or, like me, enjoying the simple life of a high school student. There...

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Dégagé Ministries aims to transform lives through care, community center

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 02-22-2017 under NONPROFITS

Written by Molly Hilbert  “Transforming lives” is not just a catchphrase or a clever slogan; it is simply what we strive to do here at Dégagé. We have 400-500 men and women walk through our doors each and every day to use our...

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Community advocate faces Grand Rapids' housing crisis, gentrification

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 02-21-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

It’s a Tuesday night at City Hall, and LaDonna Norman approaches the microphone to address the meeting of the Grand Rapids City Commission. For the past year or more, Norman has spoken during the public comment period at the end of nearly...

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Green Light Project shares stories, raises awareness of homeless youth

by (ArborCircle)

Submitted 10-18-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

On any given night, 200 youth in Kent County don’t have a place to sleep. Annually, this number exceeds 2,000 runaway and homeless youth in West Michigan. In an effort to shed light on this issue, Arbor Circle is hosting Green Light Project:...

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#WhiteOut4Vets campaign to honor, support homeless veterans

by (Aquoinette Blair)

Submitted 10-18-2016 under OPINION

"God bless America!" Patriotically, we say this often but still overlook one of His many blessings called veterans – the men and women who, without regard, defend this country, our freedom and rights to live freely in this…...

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3:11 Youth Housing helps youth experiencing homelessness through housing first, positive youth development

by (GRTV)

Submitted 09-21-2016 under NONPROFITS

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, 3:11 Youth Housing’s Kayla Morgan and Lauren VanKeulen discuss their work to develop safe, affordable housing for youth experiencing homelessness, the impact of homelessness on...

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Can Grand Rapids end homelessness?

by (Marjorie Steele)

Submitted 08-31-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Can Grand Rapids end homelessness? Grand Rapids, we need to have an honest conversation about homelessness. All of us. I could cite the fact that nearly 10,000 individuals in Kent County touched the homelessness system last year, 39 percent of which...

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Food Bank helps hunger-relief agencies amplify impact

by (jtl6)

Submitted 01-13-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

When a needy family with a sick child came to United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM), program director Shawn Keener knew providing food would be the first step toward helping them. “Food is usually the presenting issue that brings...

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