Shelter for Public Inebriates


A man staggers on the sidewalk with a bottle in hand. A woman lies in an alley, empty bottles surrounding her. These are public inebriates—severely drunk people. 


Sometimes mentally ill, often uninsured, frequently homeless. Someone’s son or daughter, uncle or aunt, dad or mom. Our neighbors. In need of hope and help, these community citizens are welcomed at Mel Trotter.


Quick Facts Why is this a problem? Why a separate shelter?


People who are profoundly intoxicated (drunk) are brought to the Grand Rapids shelter by police officers, EMTs, friends or good Samaritans. Currently, the unit holds 11 total beds which includes 2 private rooms available for men or women, where respectful and discrete care can be given. We also have a separate room for women where privacy and safety are ensured. Guests are given a safe place to sleep, which includes the observation of medical personnel. During the inebriate’s stay, he or she is offered a hot meal, a shower, clean clothing, and personal care items. Staff members also encourage inebriates to seek the services of a substance abuse recovery program. Most important, the staff is ready to provide a listening ear in addition to offering the hope that is found in Jesus Christ.

If someone in the Grand Rapids, MI area is severely intoxicated and needs the Shelter for Public Inebriates, call 616-588-8794.

Current Needs Community Partners Outcomes


Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27

The work we do would not be possible without these incredible partners: AMR (in-kind gifts), Mercy Health St. Mary's, Metro Health, Network 180 and Spectrum Healthier Communities.

If you have any questions about our programs & services or want to know more please contact us or call us at 616-454-8249. 

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