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The beginning of difference - God's idea

Submitted 07-03-2020 under NONPROFITS

New understandings of the Tower of Babel story from Genesis helps us see that while it is natural to find identity in people like us, God’s plan is for diversity.


Can You Find Hope in a Small Town?

Submitted 07-02-2020 under OPINION

Can you find hope in a small town even when the odds seem stacked against you?


Functional Medicine Practice Expands into Prepared Meal Service

Submitted 07-02-2020 under NONPROFITS

Root Functional Medicine producing prepared meals in Downtown Market Incubator Kitchen


Community updates: Wednesday, July 1

Submitted 07-01-2020 under NEWS

Gov. Whitmer shuts down indoor bar service in Grand Rapids region, while allowing sale of cocktails-to-go, expanded outdoor seating; Kent District Library delays public reopening; mosquitos with West Nile Virus found in Kent County; and more.


Thankful for Second Chances, New Clients Share What Brought Them to Guiding Light

Submitted 07-01-2020 under NONPROFITS

New Clients, Sam, Ryan and Alan, Share What Brought Them to Guiding Light


Community updates: Monday, June 29

Submitted 06-29-2020 under NEWS

City of Grand Rapids to reopen more services, end break on metered parking; Grand Rapids Pride Center releases plan to better ally with communities of color; family of Breonna Taylor, local nonprofit launch petition to rename downtown Grand Rapids street in Taylor's honor; and more.


Durable Medical Equipment Lending Library Resumes Services

Submitted 06-29-2020 under NONPROFITS

The Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Lending Closet at Family Network temporarily closed during Covid-19 so the organization could focus on serving people in need of food assistance through the pantry. It has recently reopened and is available for low-income community members in need of equipment.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Are those who took own life resurrected?

Submitted 06-29-2020 under OPINION

Elba asks, “Are there any sins so terrible that one loses the privilege of resurrection? Is suicide one of them?”


Local Trans Students Awarded $10,000

Submitted 06-29-2020 under NONPROFITS

Despite pandemic, Grand Rapids Trans Foundation awards $10k in scholarships to six local students in 2020.


Community updates: Friday, June 26

Submitted 06-26-2020 under NEWS

Free outdoor fitness classes returning to Grand Rapids; 3:11 Youth Housing and HQ merge to help more youth facing homelessness; Gov. Whitmer extends eviction freeze, creates eviction diversion program; and Amtrak restoring Grand Rapids to Chicago service.