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.

Mel Trotter will continue to focus on the safety of the vulnerable population we serve.

We have temporarily suspended volunteer opportunities, however we are very much in need of volunteers who would specifically be able to conduct temperature checks on our guests and staff, as well as those who are able to help in our security areas. Please contact Dawn VanHorn at 616-588-8723 or  if you are able to provide support in these areas.

We have suspended all mission tours and events for external visitors until further notice and have redirected mission donations to external drop boxes conveniently located at various locations around the city.

We have added to our daily cleaning schedule to ensure frequented areas around the Mission remain clean following CDC guidelines

We have gone to almost all food being pre-prepped and pre-packaged, and eliminated buffets and salad bars.

We have temporarily shifted to using paper and plastic bowls, plates, cups and utensils.

We are encouraging social distancing throughout the Mission by placing tape in our hallways to show a safe distance to stand from one another and by limiting how many people can eat around a table together. The Grand Rapids Fire Department helped build structures to separate guests who are normally in close quarters to ensure they're all sleeping a safe distance apart.

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