Prevention & Diversion
We know by going upstream and making every effort to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless in the first place, cycles begin to be broken.
The overall goal is to prevent individuals and families from experiencing homelessness by providing stabilizing services to keep people housed and avoid disruption from their lives.
Are You Facing Homelessness?
We work with families at risk of homelessness to keep them from entering the shelter system.
Our diversion specialists work directly with schools to connect and provide support and resources to those who are at risk of becoming homeless or are currently homeless.
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Contact Mel Trotter Ministries for Help
No matter what your situation, we are here for you.
Reach out to Domineca Montalvo at 616-278-4102 or fill out the form
We Connect Families to Community Resources
Mel Trotter Ministries works to prevent families from experiencing homelessness by providing stabilizing services to keep them housed and avoid disruption from their lives.
Diversion is a short term case management arrangement which includes mediation and the connecting of those imminently at risk of homelessness to community resources. The goal of this intentional programming is to divert families from having to access the shelter system.
The diversion specialist works directly with the area’s homeless school liaisons in connecting and providing support structures to families who are at risk of becoming homeless or are unstably housed and/or currently homeless.
If you are in need of help please reach out to:
Director of Diversion
“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.
Looking for More Resources?
We believe that there is not one way to end up homeless and therefore not one way to end it.
We want to walk alongside you to identify your barriers and help you into a track that best fits your needs to be successful, long term. If you are looking to enter Mel Trotter Ministries or Heartside Ministry for the first time, contact our Triage Specialists for assistance.