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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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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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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