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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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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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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Thanksgiving at the Mission

This blog post was written by Julee Wilke, a first-time Mel Trotter Ministries volunteer, regarding her family’s experience at our 2015 Annual Great Thanksgiving Banquet. You can view numerous photos from the event here. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. For years I’ve cooked and baked and served ahead of time so I could lounge in front…

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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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