Heartside programs making a difference

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It has been a long, cold winter and especially tough on those struggling with homeless and those who help serve them.

Four major organizations in Grand Rapids’ Heartside district have missions that don’t stop when the temperatures rise.

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Mel Trotter Ministries

Mel Trotter Ministries is one of the largest centers for disadvantaged and under-housed citizens in the state, housing nearly 250 people a night with over 4,000 volunteers.

Their housing services are especially important in the winter, but they also help under-served Heartside residents by:

  • Serving meals.
  • Providing legal assistance.
  • Caring for public inebriates.
  • Offering free dental, chiropractic, and vision services.

To get involved with this great program, check their website for opportunities today!


Dégagé Ministries

Dégagé Ministries works to transform lives and restore hope in the heart of the city.

Dégagé provides shelter, meal and hygiene services, and focuses on building relationships and walking alongside the city’s under-served residents.

Whether it’s a day, a month or a year of volunteering, if you can spread the message of love and compassion, you are a great fit at Dégagé.

There are a wide variety of volunteering opportunities available at Dégagé, so check their website to see what you can do today!

Guiding light mission

Guiding Light Mission

Guiding Light Mission is a substance-abuse and under-served treatment program for men.

Fighting addiction and reintegrating to the workforce and community is a long, complicated, tough process, and Guiding Light helps assure the support is there to make a full recovery possible.

They also have a back-to-work program that gives an affordable place to live while going through the process of finding a job.

There are always opportunities to help out at Guiding Light. Check out where they need your help today!


Heartside Ministry

Heartside Ministry is a program on South Division Street that, since 1983, has used its “Biblical Hospitality” programs to minister to under-served people through the heart of Grand Rapids.

The city’s own mayor, George Hartwell, was on staff during the early days of the program, and it has continued its record of outstanding service since.

Their numerous programs and chapels help with rehabilitating and assisting the underprivileged, as well as their Art Studio. The art programs at Heartside offer a unique way for neighbors to express their emotions and ideas through creativity.

If you want to participate in a walk or volunteer for one of the programs, you can do so at Heartside’s website.

Learn more about what’s happening in the West Michigan community here.


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