Sometimes we don’t realize how lucky most of us are. We have a warm shelter from the cold and snow and we probably have a job.
However, many members of our community do not share in our fortune. They may not have a job or a home. Some of our neighbors struggle with devastating addictions.
Thankfully, one organization is helping men who are homeless, jobless, or struggle with addictions.
Last year, Guiding Light Mission was one of our nominees for the Connecting with Community Award for its work with men dealing with homelessness and addictions. They helped make sure that the men who come in not only have a place to stay, but also practice a more nutritious and healthy lifestyle.
The organization recently decided to include nutrition education as part of their program. Men who came into Guiding Light Mission found volunteers and staff who cared not just about their spiritual and economic well-being, but also about their health. Guiding Light Mission built healthier menus, conducted training programs, and gave exercise regimens to the men who resided there.
The focus on nutrition is part of their effort to empower the men to make improvements to their lives. Since 1929 Guiding Light Mission has been helping men in the Grand Rapids community have food and a place to stay.
According to lifeonthestreet.org, 46850 meals and 18000 overnight stays were provided at Guiding Light Mission. 119 men were able to find full-time jobs, establish saving accounts, and move into independent housing.
Guiding Light Mission was one of the 2013 Connecting with Community Award finalists.