The Rapidian

homelessness

Dégagé Ministries helps returning citizens

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 12-11-2018 under NONPROFITS

“I was reintroduced to Christ.” Being dropped off in the Heartside Neighborhood after spending time in prison with only the clothes on your back is not exactly an easy way to begin a new chapter in your life. David says that he was...

[read more]

Finding apartment in midst of affordable housing crisis is not easy

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 12-04-2018 under NONPROFITS

“Now I have a place to call home.” Finding an apartment in the midst of an affordable housing crisis is not easy. It takes a lot of dedication not only from Dégagé staff, but also from those we serve. It involves pursuing every lead and...

[read more]

Dégagé Ministries works as nucleus for homeless

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 11-27-2018 under NONPROFITS

“Dégagé was the nucleus for us. Every day we would come here to eat and find out where to go.” Jack, an Air Force veteran and a dear friend of the ministry, expresses the difficulty he and his fiancé Della faced while they were homeless...

[read more]

Open Door Women's Center provides safe haven for women each night

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 10-23-2018 under NONPROFITS

The Open Door Women's Center provides a safe haven for up to 40 women in crisis each night. After taking a shower and doing laundry, there are a number of ways they spend their time before turning in for the night. Some sit quietly and read...

[read more]

Former Commissioner White withdraws from appointment consideration at City Commission meeting

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 06-14-2018 under NEWS

Tuesday night's lengthy City Commission meeting was a packed house. Some of the biggest news came at the end of the night when Mayor Rosalynn Bliss announced former Third Ward Commissioner James White was withdrawing his name from consideration...

[read more]

Powerful, individual stories behind homeless numbers

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 02-21-2018 under NONPROFITS

Numbers tell an important story, but more meaningful to me is the powerful story of each person represented by those numbers. Katheryn has one of those powerful stories. After being homeless for many months, she came to Dégagé's Open Door Women...

[read more]

Small steps, big results

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 02-07-2018 under NONPROFITS

A new year is often thought of as a new start. For Johnny, this January has been the realization of a long-time goal. This is a special story for me to be able to share with you: the hard work and long road that’s resulted in a new type of...

[read more]

Formerly homeless, Heartside resident uses voice to give back

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 02-06-2018 under NONPROFITS

Five years ago, Thomas found himself homeless when he and his sister were evicted after their mother's death. With nowhere else to go, Thomas went to an area shelter where he was told about Dégagé and the services we offer. Not one to let a...

[read more]

Catalyst Radio: HQ talks about helping homeless youth in Grand Rapids

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 01-12-2018 under NONPROFITS

Host John Moose Williamson speaks with Luke Petsch, Development Director of HQGR, a youth drop-in center for those in unsafe or unstable housing situations. For more information on HQ, visit https://hqgr.org/. Catalyst Radio is the weekly public...

[read more]

Regulating begging is still bad solution to poverty, public safety concerns

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 12-12-2017 under OPINION

I work at The Rapidian now and have for about three years, but before I was a staff member, I was a community journalist. The second article I wrote on The Rapidian was an opinion piece detailing why I thought banning panhandling was a terrible idea...

[read more]

Browse