West Michigan has hundreds of retail stores and car lots serving almost every desire. So what makes Mel Trotter different? The answer is simple: Our mission, our people and our ultimate purpose.

At Mel Trotter Ministries, we believe God calls us to live out our faith in the world. We not only provide emergency shelter and food for those in need, we also help people recover from addiction, escape chronic poverty and find new hope in Jesus Christ.

Mel Trotter Thrift Stores and Auto Sales are part of this bigger mission. Each time you purchase an item or vehicle or make a donation at one of our stores, you’re helping meet the urgent needs of local families and adults. All profits generated from our stores are used to support the work of Mel Trotter Ministries in West Michigan.

Help in tough times. You can see it every day in the newspaper: Families are struggling to make ends meet. Sometimes, they’re forced to choose between clothing for the kids or food on the table. For seniors, the unemployed and the disabled, it’s even worse.

Mel Trotter Thrift Stores are addressing this challenge directly. We offer a wide range of gently used merchandise at greatly reduced prices. We also repair donated vehicles and resell them to the public. All of our stores are clean, friendly and open to all.

Reaching Out, Lifting Up
Many of the employees at our retail stores are graduates of our recovery program. The stores give them practical, hands-on experience in a supportive environment so they can rejoin society. Other program members help sort, inspect and repair donated items, giving them valuable life-skills training.

Behind our Grand Rapids store, we operate an auto repair shop where donated vehicles are repaired before resale to the public. This not only increases the value of each donation, it also gives our adult program members a chance to learn a valuable new skill.

Our mission: To demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ toward the hungry, homeless and hurting of the greater Grand Rapids area.

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