Donate your gently-used coat.

Mel Trotter Ministries cannot exist without the generous support and contributions of hundreds of community organizations and businesses. Sheldon Cleaners and Cumulus Media are two of the most recent Grand Rapids-area businesses to come alongside our Mission this holiday season and to encourage folks to give a different kind of gift this Christmas. Sheldon kicked off their…

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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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Facing a “homeless” holiday.

There’s one simple and important way you can help make this season a truly happy one for our neighbors in need within the Grand Rapids community: Mel Trotter Ministries’ 2015 Brown Bag Food Drive. More than 43,000 pounds of food was gathered through our Brown Bag Food Drive last year. This was 8,000 pounds more than…

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Got long johns?

Each one of our volunteers is unique. They are unique in their ethnicities and economic backgrounds. They are unique in their age and abilities. They are unique in their beliefs and ideologies. But this is what they have in common: They have all chosen to channel their passions and use their talents to end homelessness in the greater Grand Rapids area.  John…

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The start of our Season of Hope.

Mel Trotter Ministries marked the beginning of our season of hope on Monday, September 28, during its first annual Season of Hope event at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. More than 400 people attended the event, which was a celebration of our gracious God and the good He is doing in – and through – Mel…

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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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