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The Community

The Community is a passionate and dedicated group of over 1,000 monthly givers on a mission to prevent and end homelessness in West Michigan.

They are people committed to giving month after month, bringing hope to our neighbors experiencing homelessness and each month, they’re transforming more and more lives.

Join the Community

Join our community of monthly givers bringing hope to those experiencing homelessness.

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Thanks to a generous donor in The Community, if you join today, your first four gifts will be matched!

Giving is for everyone.

No matter the size of your monthly donation, you belong in The Community.

We all have an important part to play to make sure our neighbors experiencing homelessness feel loved, valued and empowered to believe restoration is possible and to follow the calling God has placed on their lives.

As a member of The Community you will be connected through exclusive content and updates and invitations to members only celebrations and volunteer opportunities.

If you have any questions, contact us via our online form or reach out to contact:

Ed Rodriguez
Gift Advisor
[email protected]

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Access your account information to view giving history, update credit card information, and manage recurring gifts.

Mel Trotter Ministries is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. As such, all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. 

Mel Trotter Ministries Tax ID # is 38-1410 467.

Building On a Legacy

The Community builds on a legacy started in 1900, when a community of business leaders in Grand Rapids recognized increasing numbers of people hurting and on the streets, pooled resources and invited a young man named Mel Trotter to start a mission in their city.

For over 120 years, Mel Trotter Ministries has been a community-driven effort—with no one person, denomination, or business leading the way. Tens of thousands of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of donors spread over generations are what make Mel Trotter work.

MTM has always been a community effort, and we will only be able to continue building innovative solutions and partnerships to battle homelessness through that same community effort.

Transforming Lives

“I thank you all for everything,” he says of the food, shelter and support he’s received from Mel Trotter and its family of donors. He adds that "he will continue to be patient, stay positive and put God first and make the most of the opportunity he’s received.“


Damien* arrived in Grand Rapids by bus from Memphis, Tennessee, with no one and no place to welcome him. At the station, a local experiencing homelessness told Damien about Mel Trotter Ministries. Damien needed a nourishing meal and a safe night of rest and received these essentials and much more as he began to share his story with Mel Trotter staff.

*name and photos changed to protect the privacy of our guests.

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