Guiding Light Recovery

My own worst enemy: Getting to sober this Father's Day

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Submitted 06-08-2021 under NONPROFITS

“Dad, it’s the alcohol or me.” With those six words, David’s teenage daughter gave him an ultimatum – and helped her father put an immediate hard stop on more than three decades of drinking, drug abuse, trauma and...

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Getting off the carousel: Andy Odehnal on the transformative power of Guiding Light

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Submitted 04-29-2021 under NONPROFITS

When Andy Odehnal joined the board of Guiding Light in 2010, the nonprofit was still very much a traditional homeless shelter – providing warm meals and safe overnight beds to the men in Heartside. An accountant by training, Andy had been...

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Mother's Day Takes on New Meaning When it's a Once-Lost Son You're Celebrating

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Submitted 04-29-2021 under NONPROFITS

This Mother’s Day, Barb isn’t focused on getting flowers or candy or even a card. It’s enough that her son Mark is alive, a gift that five years ago seemed nearly out of reach. “Every rock bottom has a trap door,” Mark...

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The Next Right Thing: Board Member John Harrington and His Commitment

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Submitted 03-25-2021 under NONPROFITS

John Harrington still vividly recalls his 60th night at Jellema House – because that’s the night his prayers were answered. Alcohol had the Grand Rapids native firmly in its grip. He ruined relationships with his children, family,...

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Guiding Light Secures New Iron House as Demand for Addiction Recovery Program Grows

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Submitted 03-01-2021 under NONPROFITS

In response to increased demand for its addiction recovery services, Guiding Light has secured a new Iron House in the City of Kentwood – its sixth sober-living apartment building.  The four-unit apartment building will increase the...

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Outgoing Board Member Will Always Have a Heart for Heartside

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Submitted 02-16-2021 under NONPROFITS

It took an internship in Philadelphia to help John Dice see – really see – the men and women experiencing homelessness in West Michigan. The Grand Rapids native had to walk a fair number of blocks to his internship in the City of...

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As Pandemic Enters Second Year, Guiding Light Sees Increased Demand for Addiction Recovery Program

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Submitted 02-08-2021 under NONPROFITS

As the global COVID-19 pandemic prepares to enter its second year, Guiding Light is seeing increased demand for its addiction Recovery program. Known on the street as “no-joke recovery,” Guiding Light’s peer-run program provides an...

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Guiding Light to Spotlight Addiction Recovery During Feb. 18 Virtual Ministry Update

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Submitted 02-03-2021 under NONPROFITS

Guiding Light will host a virtual Ministry Update on Thursday, Feb. 18 focused on how the nonprofit is preparing to meet increased demand for its rescue, recovery and re-engagement programming. The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit will ...

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Allen's Story and God's Irony

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 01-28-2021 under NONPROFITS

Allen was accepted into the Guiding Light Recovery program in June of 2020 after deciding that he had enough of his decades-long struggle with alcoholism and drug addiction. Over 30 years ago, when Allen was 22 years old, he owned his own restaurant...

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Putting the Pieces Back Together: Derek Achieves a Year of Sobriety

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Submitted 12-15-2020 under NONPROFITS

Derek is 27-years-old and a recent client of Guiding Light’s Recovery program. He works full-time and lives at our sober-living apartments called Iron house. This past year-and-a-half, Derek has been in recovery after years of severe...

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