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Project GREEN (Grand Rapids Economic Empowerment Network) is hosting a free community forum on Sunday, November 2.  The two-hour forum will provide hardworking adults of all ages with a free screening of Spent: Looking for Change.  Following the short film, Dallas Lenear, principal of Project GREEN, will engage attendees in a community conversation about the perils of payday lending and a discussion about ways to advance the economic health of families in the Greater Grand Rapids community.   

For many in the Grand Rapids community, a lost job, a broken down vehicle, or a loved one getting sick can yield a ripple effect in every area of life – especially finances.  When life’s unscripted challenges hit, many local families are financially unprepared because they do not have a bank account, adequate savings or access to traditional financial services.  As a result, struggling families turn to alternative financial services like check cashers, pawn shops and payday lenders to meet basic needs.

What:           Screening of the Tyler Perry-narrated short film Spent: Looking for Change

Community conversation about economic empowerment and the perils of payday lending

A light meal will be provided

Who:            Dallas Lenear, Project GREEN principal

                        More than 50 residents of the Grand Rapids community are expected    

Where:         New Hope Baptist Church

                        130 Delaware Ave sw

                        Grand Rapids 49507

When:          Sunday, November 2

                        3 to 5 p.m.


About Project GREEN

Founded in 2014 by Dallas Lenear, Project GREEN (Grand Rapids Economic Empowerment Network) is a nonprofit community initiative offering a roadmap for economic empowerment to residents and families of West Michigan.  Project GREEN explores the link between historical factors and current conditions in order to improve the future economic development of individuals and families in Greater Grand Rapids.  Particularly, Project GREEN is focused on measuring the impact of payday loans, the strength of urban businesses and the effects of family structure on economic security.  For more information, visit


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