The Rapidian

Nonprofit Dispatches

This section of The Rapidian represents the amazing array of diverse non-profit organizations in West Michigan, groups that reveal the tapestry of arts, culture, service, faith and collaboration that defines our region. Read about opportunities to learn, grow, share and participate in the life of this community. The stories here are provided by our area's non-profit organizations.

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Meet Johannah Jelks: GRTV's Marketing Manager ("The Rebranding of GRTV")

Submitted 09-30-2022 under NONPROFITS

GRTV welcomes Johannah Jelks as its new Marketing Manager


City Connection: Mayor Bliss to be joined by Brandon Davis of the Office of Oversight and Public Accountability

Submitted 09-30-2022 under NONPROFITS

Watch live on GRTV's channel 24 and on Facebook at 4:00pm on Monday, October 3


Family Futures provides Pack n' Plays and car seats to families in need

Submitted 09-26-2022 under NONPROFITS

Family Futures is providing Pack n’ Plays and car seats to eligible families in Kent County to wrap up National Baby Safety Month. Parents and caregivers enrolled in Medicaid automatically qualify, but those at certain income levels without Medicaid can still qualify.


Comprehensive Therapy Center announces new Interim Executive Director

Submitted 09-20-2022 under NONPROFITS

Comprehensive Therapy Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Ellen Sawyer as the Interim Executive Director.


The Grand Rapids Art Museum Celebrates the Creative Vision of Jim Henson in The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Submitted 09-15-2022 under NONPROFITS

Kermit the Frog (The Muppet Show), Ernie and Bert (Sesame Street), Jen and Kira (The Dark Crystal), plus ballroom costumes for Jareth and Sarah from Labyrinth featured in this exploration of the visionary entertainer’s work


The Preacher's Son is Finally Living Life Sober, Happy, and Free

Submitted 09-09-2022 under NONPROFITS

"Spiritually, the biggest thing Guiding Light has given me is this sense of community and belonging. I’ve always had trouble connecting. It’s never been natural for me to go and hang out with people. Drinking made that worse. Being here has really opened my eyes and softened my heart."


Comprehensive Therapy Center is blowing off some STEAM this Fall

Submitted 09-06-2022 under NONPROFITS

Comprehensive Therapy Center is blowing off some STEAM this fall with the launch of our newest program, Learning Labs: Full STEAM Ahead! This program is designed to introduce 2-5 years olds to the concepts of STEAM.


Guiding Light Recovery Helps Doug Chart a Better Path

Submitted 08-17-2022 under NONPROFITS

Doug was in jail where he met a man who recommended Guiding Light. They discussed a number of the treatment programs in Grand Rapids, but his cellmate said, “If you get the chance, try Guiding Light, it's a better overall program."


Guiding Light Sober-Living Apartments Welcomes Record Number

Submitted 07-21-2022 under NONPROFITS

Iron House offers a safe and secure environment in a residential area outside the inner city that offers continued peer support. Located in the city of Kentwood, several of the Iron House facilities are undergoing extensive renovations to accommodate the additional Recovery clients.


I have some hope: Guiding Light helps Victor cope with decades of trauma, depression, alcohol

Submitted 07-08-2022 under NONPROFITS

“I’ve been trying to pinpoint what it is about Guiding Light that has made a change in me,” Victor considers. “It’s not one thing – it’s everything combined. It’s this perfect constellation of stars that lined up: the therapy, the classes, the exercise has been huge for depression, it's saving me."