COVID-19 Response Plan

Like all aspects of life, the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact our operations at Mel Trotter Ministries. We have been working closely with the Kent County Health Department, municipal and other medical leaders to determine the best possible actions to meet the needs of our guests, staff and the community at large. We are in communication daily and often several times a day.

As you may know, we implemented several safety protocols on March 11, including enforcing social distancing practices, requiring the use of hand sanitizers and masks, and checking temperatures of all staff and guests. We added more safety steps on April 10, in hopes of minimizing the spread of the virus in the Mel Trotter guest and staff population.

The health department, Mercy Health St. Mary's and Cherry Health are now in the process of testing Mel Trotter guests. The Health Department is leading in the assignment of shelter facilities away from Mel Trotter as well as treatment for anyone who tests positive. Several community partners are collaborating with us on this endeavor.

We want to thank those partners, our community leaders and all of you for your continued prayers and support of Mel Trotter.  The need has never been greater, but we will continue to serve those whom God loves and demonstrate the compassion of Christ toward anyone experiencing homelessness or hunger as we have done for 120 years. Together, we will get through this as a community.

Financial Donations

We ask you to please consider giving during these challenging times. Your financial support will meet the imperative needs of the Mission including extra food, medicine and shelter.

In-Kind Donations

We have an urgent need for the following cleaning supplies: 

  • Hand sanitizer (60% alcohol)
  • N95 Face masks 
  • Clorox disinfectant wipes
  • Lysol disinfectant spray
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Kleenex
  • Rubber gloves
  • Plastic aprons
  • 60 Gallon Trash Bags
  • Bottled Water
  • Cold Medicine
  • Ibuprofen

We have an urgent need for these in-kind donations:

  • Pillows
  • Pillow cases
  • Twin size bed sheets
  • Blankets 100% cotton
  • Toilet Paper
  • Men’s and Women’s Underwear (all sizes)
  • Bath towels
  • Wash clothes

If you have any connection to suppliers that can provide these items in bulk or if you want to donate any of these items yourself, please contact Jeff Dashner at 616-588-8786 or .