The challenges homeless individuals and families face during the winter months are obvious:
- Lack of proper clothing to protect from the elements
- Prolonged exposure to the elements resulting in frostbit, hypothermia, etc.
- Minimal access to a balanced, nutritious food
The challenges homeless individuals and families face during the summer months may be a little less obvious.
But homelessness doesn’t take a summer break.
Homeless individuals and families in the Grand Rapids community experience an increased risk of heat stroke, dehydration, heat cramps, and other health problems due to exposure to our hot, Michigan sun.
How does Mel Trotter help combat the summer heat? Especially for the little ones who stay at our shelter?
One way is through partnerships with area churches and organizations. These partnerships allow the 50+ kids that stay at our shelter to attend VBS (Vacation Bible School) programs, sports camps, overnight camps, and more.
Our team snapped a few photos recently of some of our kids heading to Thornapple Covenant Church in Ada, Michigan. Their excitement was tangible and is evident in the photos below: