Does that surprise you? Discourage you? Make you pause?
There are 50+ children living at Mel Trotter.
50+ children gathering in our dining hall to eat their breakfast.
50+ children racing down our front steps to catch their school bus.
50+ children riding scooters through our playground.
50+ children running through our halls.
There are 50+ children who call Mel Trotter home.
The face of homelessness is changing in Grand Rapids and across the nation. Grand Rapids Public Schools reported in 2011 that 7.34% of students are homeless. And that number is growing. Mel Trotter has been making significant modifications to accommodate this change, but what does it mean for the future of our kids?
It means we have work to do, and it starts with awareness.
Mel Trotter is launching an awareness campaign this fall to Empower Families to Build a Better Future. The campaign is designed to tell the stories of our 50+ children, but also the stories of our talented staff that work daily to encourage, support, lift, and heal the most vulnerable among us. These are good stories about good people doing good things. They are also stories about God’s good grace.
Thank you for joining us in our work to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ to the hungry, homeless, and hurting within Greater Grand Rapids. We hope you’ll check back soon for more updates.