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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 Thanksgiving Community Meal

Join Us for Our Annual Thanksgiving Community Meal

November 24, 2022 | 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Mel Trotter Ministries will host a free, traditional Thanksgiving Community Meal for individuals and families experiencing homelessness as well as anyone in the greater Grand Rapids community who is looking for fellowship around a Thanksgiving table.

Help us in providing this community meal to those in our community who are in need through sponsoring.

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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