This week Matt Collver, one of our donor relations officers, answered a few questions regarding his position at Mel Trotter Ministries and the work he does to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ to the hungry, homeless, and hurting within the Greater Grand Rapids area. His work is significant and good and life changing for so many at the Mission. We are blessed to have him.
Name: Matt Collver
Position: Donor Relations Officer
What are your responsibilities at Mel Trotter Ministries?
I support our mission statement by creating and fostering relationships with our
donors. I seek to present opportunities to align our benefactors’ philanthropic passions and interests with the needs of the mission. This is accomplished through building sincere relationships and educating our donors on the areas that we need support.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is getting to work for a Christian organization that is serious about being the hands and feet of Jesus in this community.
What is the most difficult or challenging part of your job?
Honestly, the most challenging part of my job is helping donors understand that when I call, or request a meeting with them, I’m not always asking for money!
What is your favorite Mel Trotter moment?
I have only been here 3 months, but my favorite Mel Trotter moment would have to be the foot washing and shoe giveaway event we held for our guests. This was a very humbling experience that allowed me to interact with our guests by helping them find and try on new shoes. It provided added motivation for the work that I do to support our mission.
In your opinion and/or position, what does compassion demonstrated mean?
In my opinion, compassion demonstrated simply means sharing a portion of the love and mercy that God first lavished upon us with others.
How do you demonstrate compassion at Mel Trotter Ministries?
I try to demonstrate compassion in all my relationships and interactions at Mel Trotter Ministries. This means remembering the grace that God has bestowed upon us and in-turn extending grace to my co-workers, our guests, and anyone that I come into contact with.
How do you demonstrate compassion in your daily life?
By trying (but constantly failing) to love others like Jesus.
What are other ways you’ve seen compassion demonstrated at Mel Trotter?
Each day, severely intoxicated individuals are brought to our Public Inebriates Clinic at Mel Trotter. These individuals are very often belligerent and it truly takes a saint, in my opinion, to minister to their specific needs. Our nursing staff demonstrates compassion by providing care and concern to people that nobody else would even want to deal with, let alone care for. They are forced to handle situations, that admittedly, I could not handle and remain patient no matter what is thrown at them (both literally and figuratively).
What is your favorite Bible verse?
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Our deep thanks to Matt for all he does for Mel Trotter Ministries and the people we serve. His work is invaluable, and we are grateful to have him.