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Rural Homelessness

The hidden problems rescue missions are tackling head on
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Here's how you can donate to help homeless children directly

Helping the homeless liaison at schools
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Hundreds in West Michigan struggle with homelessness

Hundreds of West Michigan families are homeless
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Why are homeless children in West Michigan not getting welfare benefits?

It's a myth that all homeless families are on welfare
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Metro Health turning banners into blankets

Blankets will be donated to the guests at Mel Trotter Ministries
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To fee, or not to fee? That's the question for landlords and homeless mothers

Housing application fees: A financial burden
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Few schools give full-time attention to the plight of homeless children

No place to call home: Homelessness and schools
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New light bulbs helping Mel Trotter with their mission

Consumers Energy saves Mel Trotter Ministries thousands
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Homeless mother of four asks for help to shelter her children

WZZM investigates why a family has no home
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Police and local shelters work to get people off the streets during freezing temperatures

GRPD, Mel Trotter and Dégagé make sure everyone has a warm place to stay
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For charities the late rush in 2017 comes before the great unknown of 2018

Year end and charity giving
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The face of West Michigan homelessness: A 5-year-old child

There are more than 2,000 children known to be homeless in Kent County
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Record lows force the homeless to find shelter

WOODTV8 interviews Dennis Van Kampen about the impact of the freezing temperatures on the mission.
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When it's this cold, GRPD officers make sure the homeless find shelter

WZZM follows police officer who is making sure people are staying warm
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Police assist three with frostbite, outline plan for helping others

Mlive highlights how the police work together with shelters to keep people warm
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Mel Trotter hosts Christmas celebration for hundreds in GR

MTM hosts 17th annual Christmastime Luncheon
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GOP tax plan could lower charitable donations by $20 billion in 2018

Dennis Van Kampen, President/CEO comments on the GOP tax plan
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NorthPointe Christian students keep spirit of giving going

Students donate pajamas, socks, underwear & dolls for MTM
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Nonprofit hires chief engagement officer

Mel Trotter welcomes Dean Herried
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Holiday Open House at Ford International Airport shows off extensive renovations

Food drive donations to MTM were suggested to meet Santa
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Kent, Ottawa schools identifying, supporting homeless students

Local school districts address student homelessness in their schools
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Mel Trotter Ministries relocates day center, closing food pantry

MTM chooses to partner with area agencies
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Message from the CEO: Food pantry & day center changes

Dennis Van Kampen shares an update to the MTM family about upcoming changes
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Mel Trotter Ministries announces changes to food pantry and day center

MTM chooses to partner with area agencies
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Here's a chance to see Ford Airport's $45M transformation without taking a flight

Guests encouraged to bring food items for the Holiday Food Drive
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Mel Trotter Ministries: 21st Annual Thanksgiving Meal

No one has to dine alone on Thanksgiving
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Military Wishes 2017: How to serve our community by serving our veterans

Meeting the needs of veterans in our community
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Mel Trotter Ministries serves Thanksgiving meal to thousands

FOX 17 covers the annual Thanksgiving meal
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Mel Trotter hosts Thanksgiving meal for hundreds at DeVos Place

WZZM covers the annual Thanksgiving meal
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Looking back at Grand Rapids' Thanksgiving community meal tradition

The Mel Trotter Thanksgiving tradition continues for the 21st year
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Charities serve up free Thanksgiving meals in W. MI

West Michigan organizations ensuring everyone has a warm meal for Thanksgiving
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Wayland students 'have a great learning experience' helping the homeless

Students collected 1,463 socks for Mel Trotter
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Giving the gift of Thanksgiving

Mel Trotter hosts 14th annual Turkey Drop
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Fight hunger this holiday with Biggby Coffee, Feeding America and Mel Trotter

MTM, Biggby, and Feeding America team up to host the annual food drive
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Fight hunger this holiday with Biggby Coffee, Feeding America and Mel Trotter

MTM, Biggby, and Feeding America team up to host the annual food drive
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More Than 45 Michigan Clinics Receive Grants to Help Uninsured Patients Access Health Care

MTM was blessed with a grant to renovate the Dental Clinic
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Join BIGGBY Coffee: help families facing hunger this holiday

MTM, Biggby and Feeding America are teaming up to host the Holiday Food Drive
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Remembering Helen DeVos and her philanthropic impact on Grand Rapids

The legacy of Helen DeVos
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Mel Trotter rolling out the red carpet

Get your seat for the Same Kind of Different as Me Movie Premiere!
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GR exclusive movie premiere of ‘Same Kind of Different as Me’

Get your seat!
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Register for WOTV 4 Women Network Night at Standale Interiors

A night of fashion & fun all to benefit Mel Trotter Ministries
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Mel Trotter program helps taxpayers save

Public inebriate shelter has housed 2,808 individuals this year, eliminating ER and jail fees.
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Brothers Leather Supply to hold sample sale

10% of the proceeds will go towards MTM
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What about rural homeless?

MLive: Grand Rapids shelter extends services beyond city
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Change Ups: MTM hires rural outreach advocate

GRBJ gives an update on what's new in GR
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Mel Trotter Ministries reaches beyond GR, partners to address homelessness in rural Kent County

WKTV Journal shares MTM's outreach intiative
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Partnering to End Homelessness: Rural Crisis

Shelley Irwin interviews MTM & Cedar Springs Public Schools about the homeless crisis in rural areas
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Facing the issue of homelessness in Grand Rapids

eightWest interviews Abbey Sladick about all MTM has to offer
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Partners launch program to prevent homelessness

Nonprofits join together to end homelessness in GR
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GRBJ: No cost 13 week course available for CNA certification

WZZM highlights new training program
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Partnering to End Homelessness

WGVU discussing Community Outreach Court
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Partnership makes CNA certification affordable

MTM Guest introduced to new program in GR
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Mel Trotter Ministries puts a roof over heads of homeless young men

WZZM highlights the MTM Youth House
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Inside Track: Paying it forward

A recovered drug addict and former MTM resident, Smashburger GM helps men get life back on track
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Donations for mothers, families delivered to Mel Trotter Ministries

Two Men and a Truck donated essential care items for mothers
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HQ, Mel Trotter and 3:11 Youth Housing

WOODTV talks about the partnership between three agencies to end youth homelessness
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Mel Trotter Ministries opens homeless shelter for youths

WGVU interviews Adrienne Goodstal, VP of Programs about the Youth House
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Mel Trotter Ministries launches Youth House program

MTM is working to end homelessness in West Michigan, by targeting homeless youth.
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Mel Trotter welcomes homeless men into first-ever youth house

House donated to MTM for housing at-risk youth
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Security officer honored for helping save man’s life

FOX 17 covers the story of how teamwork saved a man's life at MTM
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Toxic charity: How giving can be more hurtful than helpful

WOODTV8 explains Toxic Charity
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MEL TROTTER MINISTRIES MADE RETIREMENT BRIEF FOR THIS ENCORE

Gordon Oosting, CFO of MTM, shares how he decided to work at Mel Trotter after retirement
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