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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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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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Why we love Mel Trotter.

Many members of our staff were recently asked what they love most about Mel Trotter Ministries. There were a variety of responses – all fantastic – that show their passion and dedication to serving the homeless, hungry, and hurting within West Michigan. A few favorite quotes: “I love working here because, honestly, where else can we have the…

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Grand Rapids’ Child Discovery Center Visits Mel Trotter Ministries

Earlier this year Grand Rapids’ Child Discovery Center sent its second and third grade class to visit Mel Trotter Ministries and to learn more about homelessness. The classes had been asked to brainstorm ways they could transform their community earlier in the year and, overwhelmingly, the children desired to end homelessness, believing every person should have a home. Below is an…

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Introducing the New CEO and Executive Director of Mel Trotter Ministries

Mel Trotter Ministries is thrilled to announce Dennis VanKampen as the organization’s new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. Mel Trotter Ministries’ Board of Directors appointed VanKampen unanimously. His appointment was met with applause from Mel Trotter Ministries staff and volunteers and will be effective June 1, 2015. Listen to what Dennis had to say about his…

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