Mayor Bliss reflects on two decades of service, sets priorities in her final State of the City address

by (allisondonahue)

Submitted 05-17-2024 under NEWS

After nearly 20 years of public service in the City of Grand Rapids, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said farewell Thursday evening during her last State of the City address — but not before laying out her priorities for the last seven months of her term...

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Demystifying Permanent Supportive Housing

by (DwellingPlace)

Submitted 06-14-2023 under NONPROFITS

Dwelling Place’s promise to the community is to provide housing for all. However, meeting the community’s housing needs isn’t just about building more apartments and homes. While affordable housing is part of the solution,...

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New Ordinances Proposed by Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Receive Pushback from Activists and Community Members

by (AlaynnaDressler)

Submitted 12-16-2022 under NEWS

At its meeting on December 6, the Grand Rapids City Commission received and filed a communication from Joshua Lunger, the Vice President of Governmental Affairs at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. In this communication, the...

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Donors and Partners Help Feed West Michigan

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 02-07-2022 under NONPROFITS

Over the past year Guiding Light has seen an increased need for food donations in the West Michigan community. Food Services Director Allen Holt has taken the lead in acquiring more donor sources and as a result we have seen a huge increase in the...

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Additional Resources Should be Considered to Aid the Houseless as Winter Approaches

by (benbrushaber)

Submitted 12-22-2021 under OPINION

In early November, the city of Grand Rapids approved an agreement with Mel Trotter Ministries to expand storage and sheltering options for the city. The resolution’s main goal is to expand options for those experiencing issues with permanent...

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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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From Fear to Gratitude, Michael Shares His Recovery Journey

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 09-21-2021 under NONPROFITS

Like some young adults, Michael went to college after graduating from high school more because his parents pushed him. Without any real interest, his grades plummeted, and he dropped out. But for the now 46-year-old, that was just the start of...

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Faith, Transparency, Compassion and Gratitude: A Profile of Starla McDermott

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 08-25-2021 under NONPROFITS

For Starla McDermott, the third time really was the charm. When she saw an opportunity to join the team at Guiding Light, she was so drawn to the nonprofit she actually applied for the development coordinator position three times before being hired...

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

by (Guiding Light)

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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Grand Rapids' Homeless Outreach Team to expand, launch public data dashboard

by (Brett)

Submitted 02-11-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

The City of Grand Rapids’ Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) is amplifying its efforts to help area individuals experiencing homelessness, through an expanded team and eventual launch of a public data dashboard. Starting in March, an additional...

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