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People rely on me here: Guiding Light Recovery gives Gabe hope for the future

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 07-01-2021 under NONPROFITS

The son of Polish immigrants, Gabe is a first-generation American who moved to Chicago from Poland with his family when he was a little over 1-year-old. Now at age 28, Gabe has plans to visit his father, who moved back to Poland, for a summer trip...

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Guiding Light Maintains Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 05-03-2021 under NONPROFITS

For the fourth consecutive year, Guiding Light has again been awarded a Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on U.S. nonprofits. The Platinum designation is the highest level bestowed by...

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

by (Guiding Light)

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

by (Guiding Light)

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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Introducing SoDiv, a New Brand for the Heartside South Division Business Corridor

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 04-27-2021 under NONPROFITS

 “People love to know what is new, what is hip, what is coming... this is our corridor and our neighborhood,” says Renise Warners, owner of Basic Bee Boutique, a business located along the South Division commercial corridor in...

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

by (Guiding Light)

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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Elizabeth Bovard Strong: Bringing philanthropy full circle

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 02-24-2021 under NONPROFITS

Elizabeth Bovard Strong has long been an advocate for others in need – particularly for individuals facing homelessness and addiction. Originally from Pennsylvania, she lived in several states before settling in Michigan, travels that...

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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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Guiding Light Welcomes Kyle Hinton to Board of Directors

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 01-04-2021 under NONPROFITS

Kyle Hinton, a licensed marriage and family therapist addressing trauma, substance abuse, behavioral health and mental health, has joined Guiding Light’s board of directors. Hinton brings 30 years of experience working in mental health...

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Passing the Mic: Heartside Downtown Neighborhood Association answers, "How are you preserving your neighborhood's unique history and stories?"

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 11-30-2020 under VOICES

Amy Brower, Executive Director of Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association, asks Grand Rapids' neighborhood associations: "In the midst of all this fast moving change and planning for the future, how are they . . . still preserving some of...

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