The Rapidian

Grand Rapid's North West Neighborhood

"I'd Rather Not Have a Dad" Chaz's Rock Bottom and Redemption at Guiding Light

Submitted 12-05-2022 under NONPROFITS

Chaz’s rock bottom was a message from his 13-year-old son. “My son would say I was like a rollercoaster ride, up-and-down and in-and-out,” the veteran and recovering cocaine addict said. “My oldest son asked, ‘are you gonna be in or out?"


Annual Grand Rapids Griffins Red Kettle Game December 2nd

Submitted 11-29-2022 under NONPROFITS

The Salvation Army’s annual “Red Kettle Game” with the Grand Rapids Griffins is Friday December 2nd. All net proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army in Kent County.


Chandler Appointed Salvation Army of Kent County Board Chair

Submitted 10-11-2022 under NONPROFITS

The Salvation Army Grand Rapids Advisory Board has unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Veneese V. Chandler (Dr. V.) as their new Chair.



Submitted 10-06-2022 under NONPROFITS

This week, The Salvation Army started their annual Christmas giving Angel Tree program, providing gifts, toys, clothing, and food for families during the holiday season. The application registration period opened in Kent County Saturday October 1st and runs through December 3rd.


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."


Casting Light: The Guiding Light Podcast Begins Season 2

Submitted 06-20-2022 under NONPROFITS

What happens when you get a recovering heroin addict, alcoholic, and under-employed social worker together and tell them to record a podcast? You get season two of Casting Light, a podcast from Guiding Light.


God Put Guiding Light in my Path: Jeremy Marks Five Years of Sobriety

Submitted 05-23-2022 under NONPROFITS

“I remember showing up at Guiding Light, seeing the big cross and thinking ‘I’m in the wrong place,’” Jeremy says. “I’m a sinner. I’ve done a lot of bad things. I’ve hurt people through my actions. I thought I was beyond redemption. God put Guiding Light in my path at the right time."


Ray and Esther: Spiritual Direction at Guiding Light

Submitted 04-14-2022 under NONPROFITS

Guiding Light offers professional, holistic, and comprehensive substance abuse treatment for Grand Rapids men at no cost. One of the reasons our program stands out from others is the emphasis we place on developing one’s spirituality in sobriety.


Donors and Partners Help Feed West Michigan

Submitted 02-07-2022 under NONPROFITS

As an organization Guiding Light is centered at the crossroads of private, non-profit, and community-based entities. We are uniquely situated to collaborate and make sure that donated goods of all sorts get into the hands of those that need it most.


Grab and Go Meals at Guiding Light

Submitted 01-05-2022 under NONPROFITS

Having the opportunity to help anyone and everyone in need throughout Heartside to get hot meals and warm clothing is something all of us at Guiding Light take great pride and joy in being able to orchestrate.