Youth Emergency Shelter opens in response to community need.

Approximately 200 young people every night are homeless in Kent County, living unsupervised on the streets, in shelters or abandoned buildings, with friends or with strangers. Approximately 43% of runaway homeless youth have reported abuse or neglect… These are two overwhelming, almost unbelievable statistics. Especially in West Michigan. Especially in Grand Rapids. What is Mel Trotter Ministries…

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In 2015, we…

Each month (and really each day) our team collects data. Why? Because measurement matters when it changes the way you act.  Mel Trotter Ministries exists to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ toward the hungry, homeless and hurting of the greater Grand Rapids area. This is our mission statement, our promise. Our programs are creating an impact…

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Simply, more.

Many of our colleagues, co-workers, family members, and friends started the New Year with a set of resolutions, a realignment of priorities for the next 365 days. Our team is taking significant time this month to consider and realign priorities too. How are we doing that? We’re working on a strategic plan while remembering who…

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A video message from our CEO.

Dennis VanKampen, our CEO and Executive Director, recently shared a few thoughts concerning the mission and what God is doing in – and through – Mel Trotter Ministries this holiday season. You can view his video blog here. Thank you for your continued support of our mission and vision to end homelessness in Grand Rapids.…

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Hardly homeless panhandlers.

WZZM recently shared an article concerning a newly-formed group in the Grand Rapids area: the West Michigan Hardly Homeless Panhandlers. The article opens with a brief introduction and this quote: “I don’t want my kids walking down the street with them on the corners. I don’t want people giving their money to panhandlers so they can…

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Mel Trotter in the summertime.

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…

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