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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Have you filled your Hope Tote?

Spring has sprung, friends! The much-anticipated warmer weather has arrived, so – naturally – we’re foregoing jackets and wearing shorts and considering flip-flops for the weekend. That’s what we do in Michigan. 40 feels like 70 after the winter we’ve had. Bring on the t-shirts! The sunglasses! Maybe even the beach! But before we get…

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2014: By the Numbers

Some of us are numbers people. And some of us (me, pick me!) are not. But for those of us who are, here’s a recap of 2014 by the numbers: Provided 87,916 bed nights for men, women, and children, which is an average of 241 people every night. You can learn more about what a night…

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Why Your Gift DOUBLES this December

Our Director of Communications and Marketing, Cindy Smies, recently chatted with Gordon Oosting, the chairman of Mel Trotter Ministries’ board of directors, concerning this month’s matching donation. Below are some thoughts on why your gift DOUBLES this December. Would you please explain this match and why it was created?  Every donation that is given to support the work…

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