Shelter

For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. – Psalm 27:5

Broken relationships, abuse, substance abuse, job loss, foreclosures. Whatever brought you to homelessness, the staff at Mel Trotter Ministries want to walk alongside you on your journey and help you live the life that God has called you to. Our overnight shelter is available for 365 days a year at our facility in downtown Grand Rapids, MI.

Men's Shelter

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Check-in

4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Enter through the entrance on Williams Street.

Check-out

7:00 a.m.
Breakfast is served from 6:40 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Men’s Community Meal

Men are invited to enjoy a nutritious meal every night from 5:10 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the South Dining Room.


Guests in our Men’s Shelter receive:

  • Nutritious meals
  • Emergency clothing & shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Safe shelter
  • Showers
  • The love of Jesus Christ
  • Referrals & resources
  • Access to our Day Center for further help in overcoming homelessness
  • Ability to access for programs
  • Support from a shelter staff advocate

Women's Shelter

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Check-in

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The number of beds are limited. However, overflow space and mats are available for anyone needing emergency shelter.

Enter through the main entrance on Commerce Avenue.

Check-out

7:00 a.m.
Breakfast is served from 6:40 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.


Women’s Community Meal

Women are invited to eat at 5:25 p.m. every night in the North Dining Room. Enter through the main entrance on Commerce Avenue.


Guests in our Women Shelter receive:

  • Nutritious meals
  • Emergency clothing & shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Safe shelter
  • Showers
  • The love of Jesus Christ
  • Referrals & resources
  • Access to our Day Center for further help in overcoming homelessness
  • Ability to access for programs
  • Support from a shelter staff advocate
I can’t say enough about the nurses and all the staff here. They’re the only ones that believed I could change. I got my memory back. I got hope. – -Lee

Public Inebriate Shelter

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The Public Inebriate Shelter is open for men and women who are profoundly intoxicated. They are brought in by police officers, ambulance, friends or good Samaritans. Currently, the shelter space holds 11 beds which provide a safe diversion to the shelter rather than the emergency room or jail. 

Guests are offered a nutritious meal, shower, clothing and love and encouragement. Licensed medical professionals encourage them to seek the services of a local recovery program and offer them the renewed hope found in Jesus Christ. 

The public inebriate shelter is supported by Metro Health - University of Michigan, Spectrum Health - Healthier Communities, Mercy Health Saint Mary's, Network 180 (Community Mental Health) and many generous donors who give to Mel Trotter Ministries.

Pathway Home Shelter Program - For Families

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"I don’t think people realize how many families are struggling." - Tammy, former Pathway Home Guest

Pathway Home is an emergency shelter and rehousing program; a collaboration between Mel Trotter Ministries and Family Promise of Grand Rapids. This shelter program is designated for single adults with children and intact families (kids under 18). Guests receive hearty meals, access to the Kidz Korner child play area, ministry support and case management while they work to find a home. The top priority is to get families into stable housing and out of the shelter as quickly as possible.


The Pathway Home Program can assist families in the following ways:

  • Providing a safe place to stay while searching for housing
  • Providing basic needs such as hygiene products, linens, and meals
  • Case management (referrals, service coordination, goal identification)
  • Landlord advocacy
  • Financial counseling and budgeting
  • Legal aid
  • Employment training/placement


Additional Supports:

  • Laundry facilities
  • Computer lab access

If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness you may call 2-1-1 to get connected with resources. All referrals to the Pathway Home Shelter Program are received from the Salvation Army (HAP).

Youth Emergency Shelter - Y.E.S.

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Many youth are fleeing unsafe or unstable living, aging out of the foster care system, identify as LGBTQ and/or are at risk of exploitation. Mel Trotter consulted with agencies such as HQ, Arbor Circle to identify where the community need can be filled. As a result of feedback from youth and local agencies serving youth, Mel Trotter opened the Youth Emergency Shelter (Y.E.S.) on February 15, 2016.

Check-in

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The entrance is at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Williams Street.

9 beds available on a first come, first served basis

This youth emergency shelter is open to males, ages 18-24. Youth females looking for shelter can access the women's shelter (see above).

Check-out

6:45 am. Breakfast is served in the main dining hall from 6:45 a.m. - 7:15 a.m.


Guests in Y.E.S. receive:

  • Nutritious meals
  • Clothing for sleeping
  • Toiletries
  • Separate sleeping area
  • Showers
  • Referrals & resources
  • Ability to enter programs
  • The love of Jesus Christ
  • Community living area
  • Support from a youth staff advocate

Contact: 616-454-8249 to find out if space is available in the Y.E.S.

R & R Space

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The R&R Space is a designated shelter space for individuals who identify as transgender. There are 8 beds available on a first come, first served basis. This space is an additional option for trans individuals who prefer not to access the shelter space that identifies their gender at birth.

Check-in

4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Check-out

7:00 a.m.
Breakfast is served from 6:40 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.

Guests in the R&R Space receive:

  • Nutritious meals
  • Toiletries
  • Separate sleeping area
  • Showers
  • Referrals & resources
  • Ability to enter programs
  • The love of Jesus Christ
  • Support from an advocate

If you have questions about shelter and program options for transgender individuals, please call: 616-454-8249.

Day Center

The space provides a safe, warm space out of the elements for people who are experiencing homelessness. Guests who go to the center can rest, get access to resources they need to find homes, jobs, veterans service, mental health services, health care and hope.

Hours

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our programs & services or want to know more please contact us or call us at 616-454-8249.

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