FOLLOW UP: Exodus uses donation to purchase beds

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – It’s been an active few months for Exodus Place, a downtown Grand Rapids Men’s transitional home.

Exodus Place saw an large increase in residents staying during the winter. The increase in men living there forced some to have to sleep on the floor.

Robb Munger, the Founder and President of Exodus Place, reached out to 24 Hour News 8 about his problem of an influx of clients and a shortage of beds.

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Shortly after a segment aired, an anonymous donor came forward from the community to donate $20,000 dollars.

Exodus Place provides short term to longer term housing to help men as they get reintegrated into society. The men in need have come from a time in jail, struggling with homelessness or just need somewhere to stay.

Exodus Place houses up to 120 men with over a 100 currently living there. At the time of the need and donation, Exodus was short on 7 beds.

Thanks to the donation, they were able to buy and replace 46 beds. The community response and involvement lead a local manufacturer to donate labor and material cost, allowing the donation to go further.

In an effort to be environmentally conscious, men living at Exodus Place helped to dismantle and recycle the old beds, while scrap metal will be sold.

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Through online research and help from the residents, Exodus Place will zero out the cost of the tonnage in their dumpster from the funds from the scrap metal.

There are lots of ways you can get involved with Exodus Place. There is a wish list of items needed at Exodus Place. You can also volunteer or just request a tour.

Find out more about Exodus Place and how they are helping men get a hand up and not a hand out.

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