homelessness

Finding more than a place to sleep

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 12-05-2017 under NONPROFITS

Katheryn is a woman of deep faith who came to Dégagé for more than a place to sleep. She came wanting to deepen her faith, grow in her ability to trust, and be encouraged in her journey. After her first night in our Open Door Women's Center,...

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Dégagé patron volunteers give back each week in dining room

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 10-05-2017 under NONPROFITS

Our Patron Volunteer Program gives our patrons the opportunity to volunteer their time and talents in our Dining Room. Once a volunteer serves 20 hours, they are presented with a certificate of recognition and are invited to our monthly pizza party...

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Hope Community meets housing needs of women, their children

by (Hope Community ...)

Submitted 07-05-2017 under NONPROFITS

Hope Community is dedicated to meeting the housing needs of homeless women and their minor children. The program is administered by the Grand Rapids Housing Commission. Hope Community facilities include a service center thathouses offices for...

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At Westminster, Scott finds food, community, purpose

by (kooim)

Submitted 06-22-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

For Scott Smith, 52, the Downtown Food Pantry at Westminster Presbyterian Church provides more than just food. It enhances his quality of life. He first found the pantry when he was at one of his lowest points. Today, he’s able to help those...

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Faithful Families program helps participants gain life skills

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 05-31-2017 under NONPROFITS

Faithful Families, a program delivered by Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, is a weekly class offered at Dégagé Ministries. This specific program focuses on helping participants gain the skills they need to buy and prepare nutritious,...

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Building relationships at Dégagé Ministries

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 05-02-2017 under NONPROFITS

In March, we shared the beginning of our mission statement, “To reflect the love of Christ to all who come through our doors...” Next, our mission says, “…by building relationships…” This happens in many ways at...

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Sharing best practices in ending homelessness at home

by (Jeffrey Clayton King)

Submitted 04-25-2017 under NONPROFITS

Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 25, 2017 – Grand Rapids based nonprofit housing agency, Community Rebuilders, has been selected as a host-site for the 2017 Transatlantic Partnership program. The Transatlantic Practice Exchange (the Exchange)...

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Faces of the Grand Rapids housing crisis: Joyce Daniels

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 03-23-2017 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Homes for All met last Friday night at Baxter Community Center to talk about the housing crisis and gentrification in Grand Rapids. In this meeting, residents had an opportunity to join the Tenant Union, brainstorm ideas about...

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'Without Dégagé, I would have been lost'

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 03-21-2017 under NONPROFITS

Two years ago, Chuck found his way through Dégagé’s doors to take part in our voucher program. He says, “I came in here to do some chores to earn vouchers so that I would have something to eat.” As Chuck began to frequent Dégagé...

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Dégagé's Open Door Patron Advocate 'walks alongside women'

by (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 03-13-2017 under NONPROFITS

Hello, my name is Jennie and I am the Open Door Patron Advocate. My role is to walk alongside the women who are staying in the Open Door Women’s Center. During the women’s stay at Dégagé, each woman is required to meet with me once a...

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