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  • Homelessness

    Who is homeless, what causes it, & why it's on the rise.

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Why we wake up in the morning

Our mission statement is our DNA. Our vision is our calling. We exist to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ through rescue and restoration for anyone experiencing hunger and homelessness. 

Many would argue that ending homelessness is impossible; yet we believe anything is possible through the power of Christ. And that's why we wake up every day praying, loving, working and partnering to end homelessness in West Michigan, one life at a time.

  • Steve's Story

    My name is Steve and I am an alcoholic, drug addict. I became homeless because of it, but there's more to my story.

    My chiropractic practice was rated third in the state per population and making me a mid six-figure income. I had to have two of everything - two motor homes, two boats. But when I needed a titanium wrist replacement, I lost the use of my hands.

    Steve's Story
  • Camille's Story

    My name is Camille Sallie. I’m 29 years old, from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The reason I ended up at Mel Trotter was because of some really bad choices that I have made in my life. I was in a bad relationship with an ex, which was abusive. He was also into drugs and drinking every day. Soon I followed behind him. I was very depressed and stressed out, but there is more to my story.

    Camille's Story
  • What's the real cause of homelessness?

    How can so many of our neighbors end up on the streets, in cars, tents, shelters, or on couches in our city? Some of the most significant factors include substance abuse, domestic violence, and injuries or illnesses. Learn more here.

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