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Battling Homelessness in West Michigan

Demonstrating the compassion of Jesus Christ, through rescue and restoration for anyone experiencing hunger and homelessness.

The Community is a passionate group of monthly givers on a mission to prevent homelessness in West Michigan.

Preventing homelessness through partnerships

Next Step of West Michigan, Heartside Ministry and the MTM Thrift stores are all divisions of Mel Trotter Ministries, helping to prevent homelessness in West Michigan, one life at a time.


Help bring hope to those experiencing homelessness in Grand Rapids, MI.


Join MTM’s team of volunteers and help our most vulnerable neighbors by showing love and compassion

Get Help

If you are on the verge of homelessness or need immediate help, contact MTM for resources, housing, food and more.

Transforming Lives with Community Resources

Demonstrating the compassion of Christ

We believe everyone is made in the image of a God who has plans for their life—plans that do not include lifelong homelessness—therefore we seek to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus and build better communities. Every individual deserves to be shown dignity, be reminded they have inherent value, and live a life free from homelessness. To do this, we focus on three areas:

Prevention & Diversion

93 families were diverted

from homelessness last year

MTM's Prevention and Diversion team prevents homelessness by going up stream and providing support before anyone enters homelessness.

Shelter Services

6,183 unique individuals

were served last year

MTM provides guests with warm meals and safety inside a dignified space, so they can receive care and resources to overcome homelessness.

Housing & Jobs

143 individuals

secured employment

MTM offers a strong workforce development
program through Next Step of West Michigan, a division of MTM.
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Make a monthly donation.

Join other monthly donors on a mission to prevent homelessness in West Michigan.

The Community is a passionate group of over 1,000 givers committed to giving month after month, bringing hope to our neighbors experiencing homelessness – and each month, they’re transforming more and more lives.

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Join Us for Our Annual Art and Experience Auction

Join Us for Our Annual Art and Experience Auction

March 23, 2023

Join us in celebrating local artists and experiences while supporting Art Therapy at Mel Trotter Ministries.

We are currently accepting donations of artwork and/or local experiences for our Art & Experience Auction! We would love to showcase your artwork or experience to our vast community of supporters. Your donation to the Silent Auction helps MTM sustain its Art Therapy program, which is crucial in helping guests overcoming trauma. In addition, we welcome you to attend the event on Thursday, March 23, 2023. For further information, or to submit your artwork or experience, please contact Heather Osterink at 616-588-8753 or [email protected].

All pieces must be submitted by Friday, February 3, 2023. All submissions subject to approval.

Transforming Lives

“Without MTM, I don’t know where I would be, but definitely not in the great position I am now socially, economically, spiritually, and physically,” said Sidney. “There isn’t anything they fall short of in meeting guests’ needs.”


Sidney once had it all— a successful flooring business, a six-figure salary, a home in a gated community, a beautiful wife. He lost everything, however, when a serious injury sidelined him for two years and started him on a path to nowhere.

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