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. We believe you are made in the image of God and He has plans for you of a promising future. 

Our overnight shelter is available for 365 days a year at our facility in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. We take anyone we can safely shelter and anyone who will abide by the safety precautions put in place for the safety of all staff, volunteers and guests.

Men's Shelter

Men Shelter


3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Enter through the entrance on 225 Commerce Ave.


7:00 a.m.

Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. - 7:15 a.m.

Men’s Community Meal

Men are invited to enjoy a nutritious meal every night from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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
  • Access to program staff
  • Support from a shelter case manager 

Women's Shelter

Women's Shelter

Currently closed due to construction.

The women's emergency shelter is closed, but we have partnered with Dégagé Ministries so that you can still find safe shelter. Dégagé's address is 144 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 and their shelter opens at 7 p.m. Go to for more information.

New Hope Sobering Center

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
PI shelter 2

Our New Hope Sobering Center acts as a diversion from the hospitals, jail, and the streets and provides a safe, quiet, and dignified space for individuals who are profoundly intoxicated. The New Hope Sobering Center has been in operation for almost two decades and is staffed with licensed nurses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We also have an onsite engagement specialist between 6am and 10pm five days a week. Guests admitted to our New Hope Sobering Center are given a place to rest, receive nourishment, take a shower, and receive a fresh change of clothing. Everyone entering our New Hope Sobering Center is also assessed for readiness to enter recovery and provided with an opportunity to discuss recovery options. Our First Step detoxification program may be a reasonable an option for some guests who are interested, and prior to admission into a recovery program.

The New Hope Sobering Center is in part supported by Spectrum Health, Mercy Health, Metro Health - University of Michigan, and Network 180. 

Pathway Home Family Shelter Program

I don’t think people realize how many families are struggling. – Tammy, former Pathway Home Guest
Mother and son at MTM

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, child development, 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 Engagement Space - Y.E.S.

YES shelter guests

The Youth Engagement Space is a 14 bed emergency shelter program for young men ages 18-24 years of age, with an additional 8 beds in the Youth Emergency Shelter (overflow). YES is available to youth who are fleeing unsafe or unstable living conditions, have aged out of the foster care system, identify as LGBTQ+ or are at risk of exploitation.

The YES shelter is first come first serve for all youth accessing the space for the first time. Once a youth has secured their spot, they will have anywhere from 42 to 90 allowed bed nights to stay in the YES shelter. Each youth will be able to access the YES shelter 3 times in a year. Their first visit for the year will begin on the date they were welcomed in for the first time.

YES Shelter youth can choose to participate in an incentive program, Engagement Track, whereby they will be connected with a case manager. Together, with their case manager, they will develop goals with an action plan. These goals and daily tasks are funneled into the incentive program, encouraging the idea of building life skills, accountability, and community connection.


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

Enter at our 225 Commerce Ave Entrance

14 beds available on a first come, first served basis

This youth emergency shelter is open to males, ages 18-24.

Meal times

Breakfast is served in the Cook Cafeteria from 7:15 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Lunch is served in the Cook Cafeteria from 12:20 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Dinner is served in the Cook Cafeteria from 4:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Guests in Y.E.S. receive:

  • Nutritious meals
  • Designated sleeping area
  • Bed with personal storage space
  • Private, full-sized lockers
  • Entertainment area
  • Toiletries
  • Showers
  • Washer & dryer on-site access
  • Incentive points program
  • Ability to stay up to 90 days, based on progress & participation
  • Computer access for housing & employment searches
  • Referrals & resources
  • Option to enter programs
  • The love of Jesus Christ
  • Case management

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

R & R Space

Rr Space

The R&R Space is a designated safe shelter space for individuals who identify as transgender. In it, individuals receive the compassion of Christ demonstrated while having their personal identities respected. There are a total of 8 bunk beds with a gender neutral bathroom and shower available on a first come, first served basis. Once a guest has secured their spot, they will have a designated bed and space to keep their belongings for 90 days, unless they choose to enter a Restoration Program. The guests are able to access emergency shelter in the R&R space up to 3 times a year with a 30-day break in between stays. If a guest chooses to enter the restoration program, they are able to remain in the R&R space while completing their program. Should this space be full, transgender individuals will have access to our other safe shelter space of gender assigned at birth.

Guests in the R&R space are assigned a case manager who will guide them to resources for employment, housing or an opportunity to enter a restoration program of their choice. Individuals may also be referred to other programs outside of MTM.


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


7:00 a.m.
Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. - 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 case manager 

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

Day Center

MTM Day Center provides a safe space for adult singles to rest and get out of the elements. While utilizing the day center, guests may make an appointment to meet with a case manager for assistance with housing, employment, veteran services, mental and physical health support, spiritual hope and guidance.


7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cleaning of the day center takes place from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily.

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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