Feedback concert rocks out to support thriving food system

by (Access of West ...)

Submitted 04-13-2017 under NONPROFITS

What do rock’n’roll and food security have to do with each other? On Sunday, April 9, they came together in an entertaining way. On a beautiful Sunday evening, Local Spins hosted the Feedback benefit concert supporting Access of...

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Exalta Health provides health, dental care to low-income residents

by (GRTV)

Submitted 03-14-2017 under NONPROFITS

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, Bill Paxton, President of Exalta Health discusses some of the services the low-income healthcare providor offers. Established in 1996, Exalta Health, formerly called Health Intervention...

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Dr. Arthur Brooks misses mark in speech on poor feeling 'needed' versus eliminating poverty

by (Jeremy Moore)

Submitted 02-22-2017 under OPINION

On Monday night, my colleagues from EquityPAC and I attended the “Evening at Acton” which featured Arthur Brooks, Ph.D. and President of the American Enterprise Institute. The event was on “Bringing America Together: Restoring...

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Poverty simulation asks, "What could we do differently?"

by (Access of West ...)

Submitted 02-22-2017 under NONPROFITS

Reading a news article about someone living in poverty is one thing. Actually experiencing it is another. Thursday afternoon on February 9, Metro Health Hospital Services hosted a poverty simulation workshop with Access of West Michigan. The goal...

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Local teacher argues Muskegon Heights students need money, support not school closures

by (Jeffery Rundhaug)

Submitted 02-02-2017 under OPINION

I can't keep my mouth closed any longer regarding the imminent closure of my school, Muskegon Heights Academy. The issue of the achievement gap among our students and others is very complicated and made worse with bad policy from the State of...

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"Not relaxing or easy," students try living a month of poverty

by (Access of West ...)

Submitted 11-14-2016 under NONPROFITS

College students are used to the idea of living on a budget, but acting out the life of a low-income West Michigan family adds a new dimension to their perception of poverty. “I believe any experiential learning is superior to lecture-based...

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Local professor engages social work students in understanding poverty

by (Access of West ...)

Submitted 11-04-2016 under NONPROFITS

Every fall, Greg Scott dons a sheriff costume and gives his students the opportunity to experience poverty firsthand. He hasn’t missed one in 16 years. Scott is a professor of social work at Kuyper College and also serves as the Social Work...

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Artist, nonprofit invite community to experience poverty for themselves

by (Access of West ...)

Submitted 10-06-2016 under NONPROFITS

Grand Rapids has long been a hub for growth and social change, and this fall is no different. Artist Loren Naji and local nonprofit Access of West Michigan are both working to address poverty this October by inviting individuals to experience...

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How Kids' Food Basket is fighting hunger in West Michigan

by (KidsFoodBasket)

Submitted 08-10-2016 under NONPROFITS

Kids’ Food Basket has been providing nutritious evening meals to children in Grand Rapids for almost 15 years. In the last four years, they’ve expanded to serving children in Muskegon and Holland as well, and currently serving more than...

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Stamp Out Hunger racks up 108,000 lbs of food in Grand Rapids

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 05-16-2016 under NONPROFITS

This year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive lived up to its name. On Saturday, letter carriers collected more than 108,000 pounds of food donated by Grand Rapids residents. The food was given to Feeding America West Michigan. That was a...

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