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Catalyst Radio: Well House 19:1 fundraiser goes through end of year, plus concert Jan. 16

Well House remembers homeless who have died with a ceremony at new house at 632 Cass SE on Saturday, Dec. 21at 5 p.m.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Well House Executive Director Tami VandenBerg Is pictured at the housing organization’s newest location at 632 Cass SE.

Well House Executive Director Tami VandenBerg Is pictured at the housing organization’s newest location at 632 Cass SE. /Well House

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The ‘housing first’ organization Well House is in the midst of a campaign called 19:1, bringing attention to the housing disparity in Kent County. Tami VandenBerg and Jeff Smith of Well House join us in studio to explain the ratio of the county’s vacant dwellings to homeless persons, and to talk about the issues surrounding homelessness.

The 19:1 campaign, with both educational and fundraising focuses, lasts through the end of the year.

The next and final event for the campaign happens tomorrow (Sat., Dec. 21), with the opening of the organization’s newest house at 632 Cass SE at 5p.m., where those who have died experiencing homelessness will be remembered.

Next month is another fundraising opportunity for the organization. Well House is the beneficiary of the upcoming WYCE @ Wealthy Theatre concert on Jan. 16 featuring a performance by San Fermin.


For more on the housing-first organization Well House, see the June 21, 2013 episode of Catalyst Radio.



Music in this episode of Catalyst Radio comes from San Fermin, in town Jan. 16 for the WYCE @ Wealthy Theatre concert benefitting Well House.  The song is “Casanova.”

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