recovery

A path to a better place: Harvey Koning values Guiding Light's approach to recovery

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Submitted 07-28-2021 under NONPROFITS

Faith has always been an integral part of Harvey Koning’s life, but when he left his hometown of Grand Rapids to attend Harvard Law School his Christianity “got real” for him. “Being away from home and meeting so many people...

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Guiding Light Launches 'Casting Light' Podcast Highlighting Stories of Rescue, Recovery and Reengagement

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Submitted 07-13-2021 under NONPROFITS

Guiding Light, a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit, has launched a weekly podcast series to document and share the stories of Grand Rapids men in recovery who have found hope and a new way forward. “Casting Light, Stories of Recovery and Hope at...

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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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From darkness to light: Kyle Hinton encourages men to "do the footwork"

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 06-30-2021 under NONPROFITS

Guiding Light’s newest board member has only had the chance to briefly walk through the doors of 255 Division Ave. SE because of COVID-19. But Kyle Hinton has walked in the shoes of the men who seek recovery and reconnection through the...

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My own worst enemy: Getting to sober this Father's Day

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 06-08-2021 under NONPROFITS

“Dad, it’s the alcohol or me.” With those six words, David’s teenage daughter gave him an ultimatum – and helped her father put an immediate hard stop on more than three decades of drinking, drug abuse, trauma and...

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Guiding Light Maintains Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar

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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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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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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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As Pandemic Enters Second Year, Guiding Light Sees Increased Demand for Addiction Recovery Program

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 02-08-2021 under NONPROFITS

As the global COVID-19 pandemic prepares to enter its second year, Guiding Light is seeing increased demand for its addiction Recovery program. Known on the street as “no-joke recovery,” Guiding Light’s peer-run program provides an...

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