Dental, Vision, Chiropractic, Medical & Legal Support

Mel Trotter Clinics consist of Vision, Dental, Legal and Chiropractic services. These services are available to MTM resident guests, staff, volunteers, and Heartside area community residents.

Call the Clinics for questions or to make an appointment at 616-588-8715 or .

Dental Clinic

The clinic is open Monday through Friday. Services are available to low or no income patients for a minimal fee. Some insurances are accepted.

Inquiries and appointments can be made with the Clinic Staff.

Chiropractic Clinic

These services are provided by Volunteer Chiropractors. The clinic is generally open twice a week for approximately 2 hours. There is no waiting period.

Appointments can be made with the Clinic Staff.

Vision Clinic

Volunteer doctors commit to various hours each month. Patients are allowed vision exams once per year. Prescription glasses are provided every two years as necessary. Optician services may be available for eyeglass fittings and adjustments.

Appointments can be made with the Clinic Staff.

Medical Support

Mel Trotter Ministries employs nurses (RN & LPN) to work onsite and support guests in PI shelter and various ways around the Mission.


Detox is a 2 bed unit at MTM offered to men and women who have committed to entering a substance abuse recovery program. The detox is a residential 5-7 day vitamin regimen where guests are monitored by on-site medical professionals and provided recovery support services. Guests are required to have an ultimate recovery destination, whether it's the MTM Step-Up Recovery or another partner agency in the community.

Legal Guidance

Free legal services are offered to MTM guests on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. This is primarily for consultation and information only.  Legal guidance is provided by local volunteer attorneys and students from Cooley Law School. Our legal volunteers give confidential, educated advice and are not able to represent you in court.

By appointment only.

Appointments can be made by calling 616-588-8715.

COVID-19 Response Plan

Information on COVID-19 continues to evolve. We continue to partner with Kent County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other local healthcare agencies to provide support if further courses of action need to take place. We will follow guidelines provided by the CDC specific to serving people experiencing homelessness.

Why are our guests at greater risk of becoming sick?

  • They may live in more crowded or unsafe conditions.
  • Some of these individuals suffer from a variety of chronic and acute conditions which may affect their immune system response.
  • They also suffer from addiction and mental illness and may have problems getting assistance.
  • Some may not seek care (and isolation) until they are very sick.

Mel Trotter will continue to focus on the safety of the vulnerable population we serve. To do this effectively, we have decided to temporarily suspend volunteer opportunities and mission tours, we will minimize the amount of visitors allowed in the building, and will redirect mission donations to external drop boxes conveniently located at various locations around the city.

We will add more cleaning initiatives to our daily schedule to ensure that frequented areas around the Mission remain clean following CDC guidelines. These areas will include hallways, stairwells, the Cook Cafeteria, the day center, the MTM chapel, kitchen, dorm rooms, restrooms, and other common meeting locations.

The same preventative health and safety measures that we practice every day will continue to be practiced:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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