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Community updates: Friday, Nov. 12

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 11-12-2021 under NEWS

Mel Trotter Ministries, partners to expand winter shelter services for unhoused residents Grand Rapids city commissioners on Tuesday approved a $330,000 agreement with Mel Trotter Ministries (MTM) to expand winter shelter services for unhoused...

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A path to a better place: Harvey Koning values Guiding Light's approach to recovery

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 07-28-2021 under NONPROFITS

Faith has always been an integral part of Harvey Koning’s life, but when he left his hometown of Grand Rapids to attend Harvard Law School his Christianity “got real” for him. “Being away from home and meeting so many people...

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Community updates: Thursday, Dec. 17

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 12-17-2020 under NEWS

COVID-19 vaccinations begin in West Michigan After months of living with COVID-19 in West Michigan, hundreds of related deaths, and tens of thousands more in positive cases, the first area vaccinations have begun. The Pfizer vaccine, authorized by...

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Rest in silence: An addict's story of self discovery

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 06-17-2017 under NONPROFITS

Life is noisy. It’s difficult to find those moments where you have nothing to think about but your own thoughts, your connection to the Great Beyond and the toiling of the grass. That’s the idea behind the Hermitage Community’s...

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Shop locally, give back at Grand Rapids Downtown Market during holidays

by (Downtown Market GR)

Submitted 12-09-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

This holiday season, shopping locally is a way to keep your dollars in the local community while supporting small business owners. On average, 48 percent of each purchase at local independent businesses is recirculated locally, compared to less than...

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Guiding Light director: Proposed panhandling ordinance a mistake

by (Sara Ransom)

Submitted 08-04-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

“To continue to marginalize panhandlers without addressing the systemic issues is a mistake,” says Stuart Ray, about the proposed panhandling restrictions. Ray is the executive director at Guiding Light Mission and has been working at...

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Does everyone deserve to have a place?

by (tamivandenberg)

Submitted 09-10-2013 under PLACE-MATTERS

In the late '70s, a woman by the name of Marian Clements purchased an 1870's era home at the corner of Pleasant and Cass, in what is now the SECA neighborhood, for $350. She called it Well House. Clements had experienced severe depression,...

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