Well House expands with purchase of two additional houses

by (erictank)

Submitted 11-11-2014 under NEWS

Well House has moved 50 people off the streets and into safe housing between January of 2013  and this October, with over 90 percent not returning to homelessness. Well House has just acquired two additional houses to add to the program....

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Story Matters: Roger Dudley shares about his childhood

by (Elevating Voices)

Submitted 09-18-2014 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. The Elevating Voices project is collaborating with 12 local nonprofits through the summer and fall...

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The Artists of Heartside Gallery and Studio-- Marqus Meadows

by (Heartside Galle...)

Submitted 06-05-2014 under NONPROFITS

The featured Heartside artist for June is Marqus Meadows.  Here is a little about the artist in his own words: I was born in a little town called Hayti, Missouri, but I was raised in Flint, Michigan, which was a town I will never forget....

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Almost homeless

by (Whitney Pavlica)

Submitted 04-30-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Last May, I found myself in a position I thought I’d never be in. My lease was about to be up at my then residence and I needed to find a new place, since the owner was putting consideration into selling the house. The plan had been to get an...

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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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Local shelters strive to curb trend of child homelessness in Grand Rapids

by (dansteenwyk)

Submitted 02-05-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

For many children in Grand Rapids, waking up without a place to call home is not a bad dream. For many children, homelessness is a reality. Cindy Longyne, communications manager for Mel Trotter Ministries, says there are 45 children currently...

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Homeless shelter extends hours in winter freeze

by (dansteenwyk)

Submitted 01-24-2014 under NEWS

While Old Man Winter throws a fit, Mel Trotter Ministries (225 Commerce SW) are keeping their Day Center open to anyone in need of shelter. Cynthia Longyne, Communications Manager for Mel Trotter, says the Day Center will stay open as long as...

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Catalyst Radio: Well House 19:1 fundraiser goes through end of year, plus concert Jan. 16

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 12-20-2013 under NEWS

Don't have time to listen now? Download the mp3 and listen at your leisure.   INTERVIEW The ‘housing first’ organization Well House is in the midst of a campaign called 19:1, bringing attention to the housing disparity in Kent...

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Mayor answers citizen questions about our homeless population on City Connection

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 12-02-2013 under NONPROFITS

Every month, the mayor is open to all questions sent in during his live on-air show "City Connection."  This month, after the recent fencing that was put in under the abutment near the Downtown Market, Rapidian Russ Pontius asked the mayor...

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Fenced off abutment doesn't solve anything, says local homeless advocate

by (jon_dunn)

Submitted 11-26-2013 under NEWS

Where are those people now? That’s the question some in the community are asking after the decision was made to fence off the Wealthy Street bridge abutment that was being used by homeless residents for shelter. According to the Well House...

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