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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

by (Guiding Light)

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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Mother's Day Takes on New Meaning When it's a Once-Lost Son You're Celebrating

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 04-29-2021 under NONPROFITS

This Mother’s Day, Barb isn’t focused on getting flowers or candy or even a card. It’s enough that her son Mark is alive, a gift that five years ago seemed nearly out of reach. “Every rock bottom has a trap door,” Mark...

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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 Welcomes Kyle Hinton to Board of Directors

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 01-04-2021 under NONPROFITS

Kyle Hinton, a licensed marriage and family therapist addressing trauma, substance abuse, behavioral health and mental health, has joined Guiding Light’s board of directors. Hinton brings 30 years of experience working in mental health...

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Tom Finds Hope at Guiding Light

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 11-05-2020 under NONPROFITS

Tom has been a client at Guiding Light for three months. He is married and a father of five children, all between the ages of 18-25. Tom found his way to Guiding Light after losing a job he had held on to for over 20 years and numerous failed...

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Guiding Light Receives $25,000 Donation from TCF

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 10-26-2020 under NONPROFITS

Guiding Light has received a $25,000 donation from TCF Financial Corp. to support its Back to Work program. The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit will use the donation to re-establish its Emergency Assistance Fund, which has been depleted due to...

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Builders Exchange of Michigan Donates More Than $24,000 to Guiding Light's Back to Work Program

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 10-01-2020 under NONPROFITS

Builders Exchange of Michigan raised $24,943 with the help of construction industry and community members at the 64th Annual Golf Outing to benefit Guiding Light’s Back to Work program. Builders Exchange presented Guiding Light with the check...

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Guiding Light to Host a Virtual Ministry Update Aug. 19

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 08-11-2020 under NONPROFITS

Guiding Light will host a virtual Ministry Update on Wednesday, Aug. 19 to share how it has continued its rescue, recovery and re-engagement programming and restarted intake.  The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit will begin the...

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