homelessness

Mayor answers citizen questions about our homeless population on City Connection

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 12-02-2013 under NONPROFITS

Every month, the mayor is open to all questions sent in during his live on-air show "City Connection."  This month, after the recent fencing that was put in under the abutment near the Downtown Market, Rapidian Russ Pontius asked the mayor...

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Fenced off abutment doesn't solve anything, says local homeless advocate

by (jon_dunn)

Submitted 11-26-2013 under NEWS

Where are those people now? That’s the question some in the community are asking after the decision was made to fence off the Wealthy Street bridge abutment that was being used by homeless residents for shelter. According to the Well House...

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Continued safety issues cited as reason for bridge abutment fencing

by (jon_dunn)

Submitted 11-25-2013 under NEWS

Over the last few months, several community-led cleanup efforts have attempted to keep the Wealthy Street overpass abutment clean. Underneath the overpass, the sheltered spot is a favorite for the city’s homeless, choosing the abutment as a...

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Well House 19:1 campaign seeks to educate, offers opportunity

by (erictank)

Submitted 11-12-2013 under NEWS

On Monday November 18, at 5:30 p.m. Well House will initiate its 19:1 campaign designed to educate about an essential human necessity, namely providing people housing. Show your support for the Housing First model, a a Well House initiative that...

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Ethical responsibility to panhandlers

by (bjr25)

Submitted 11-08-2013 under NEWS

  Bracing against the frigid wind, a grungy-looking man stands with a sign stating, “Anything helps. God Bless.” He has a lean, hungry look about him and is shivering in the cold. But should you give him money? “The Bible...

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Does everyone deserve to have a place?

by (tamivandenberg)

Submitted 09-10-2013 under PLACE-MATTERS

In the late '70s, a woman by the name of Marian Clements purchased an 1870's era home at the corner of Pleasant and Cass, in what is now the SECA neighborhood, for $350. She called it Well House. Clements had experienced severe depression,...

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Well House scores $257,000 Kellogg Foundation grant

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 05-21-2013 under NEWS

Tami VandenBerg is proving herself to be much more than a successful bar and club owner—she’s adding grantwriter to her resume. Today, she, in her part-time role as executive director of Well House, announced that The W.K. Kellogg...

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How homeless is homeless?

by (ChrisFreemanRealtor)

Submitted 01-04-2013 under OPINION

How homeless is homeless? In the last few years, the economy has been pretty rough. People from all walks of life who once held secure jobs and would never have imagined themselves experiencing financial difficulty were sometimes finding themselves...

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The Artists of Heartside Gallery and Studio-- Denis Burkett

by (Heartside Galle...)

Submitted 03-30-2012 under NONPROFITS

Our featured artist for April is Denis Burkett.    Here's a little bit about the artist in his own words:   ‘Never in a million years would I have ever thought I'd be doing artwork and writing again; at Heartside of all...

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The Artists of Heartside Gallery and Studio-- Kathy Sam

by (Heartside Galle...)

Submitted 12-28-2011 under NONPROFITS

Our featured artist for January is Kathy Sam.  Here's a little bit about Kathy, in her own words: "My name is Kathy Sam, and I was born in Manistee in 1954 as a full blood Native American from the Ottawa Tribe. From 5-17 years old I...

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