Immeasurably More

A Capital Campaign for Mel Trotter Ministries in conjunction with Heartside Ministry and Next Step of West Michigan

Together, we can do immeasurably more.

Immeasurably More Compassion

At Mel Trotter Ministries, we dare for more and we dream for more for our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness

Homelessness is a season in a person’s life, but it doesn’t define who they are. We know they are made in the image of God, with value and worth. We know they deserve dignity, safety and compassion. We believe they are made for more.

Immeasurably More is a $22 million capital campaign for Mel Trotter Ministries that will:


Update shelter spaces that have not received significant improvements since 1967 to provide greater dignity, value and safety for our guests and reinforce the love God has for each of them.


Equip for work through paid job training and social enterprise opportunities so parents can provide a better life for their children away from homelessness.


Create more affordable housing for guests on their journey out of homelessness and help parents, children and singles discover the life God has for them out of homelessness.


Improve and enhance the ministry and case management available to every guest resulting in better stewardship of donor resources and greater impact in the lives of those we are blessed to serve.

Campaign Leadership

Honorary Chairs

Jim Alton

Jim & Nancy Engen

Jim & Bonnie Gordon

Greg & Heidi Herbruck

Cate & Sid Jansma

Bill & India Manns

Dave & Linda† Mehney

Mark & Mary Beth Meijer

David & Carol Van Andel

Mike & Gayle VanGessel

Harold & Lori Voorhees

Meg & Greg Willit

Campaign Chairs

Anedra Eatman

Michael Faas

Janis Petrini

Robert Worthington

Campaign Cabinet

Roger Bruins

Jim Bultema

Dave Byers

Ann Callahan

Kurt Hein

Mary Hollebeek

Jeshua Lauka

Tom McGovern

Jim Mitchell

Gordon Oosting

Tony Pearson

Michael Sytsma

Campaign Budget

With your help, we can achieve immeasurably more together.

The Need

The face of homelessness today looks drastically different from when Mel Trotter Ministries was founded in Grand Rapids nearly 120 years ago. Families, unaccompanied youth, and single women are now the fastest-growing segments of homelessness in our community.

Family Homelessness
Average number of families on waiting list for shelter in Kent County
Number of youth 18-24 on the streets of GR each night
Single Women
Single women being served has increased over 40%

Community Partners

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Relationships are crucial to helping people find and stay in stable housing. We are passionate about coming alongside each person, hearing their story, loving them with the compassion of Jesus Christ and connecting them with resources. Whether it’s at MTM, or another like-minded organization, working together to address homelessness is the only way to succeed.

3:11 Youth Housing

61st District Court – Community Outreach Court

Arbor Circle

Cedar Springs Public Schools

Cherry Health

100+ Churches

20+ Colleges and Universities

Continuum of Care

Covenant House

Dégagé Ministries

Equality Michigan

Family Promise of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Area Coalition to End Homelessness

Grand Rapids Pride Center

Grand Rapids Public Schools

Guiding Light

Heartside Ministry

Heartside Neighborhood Collaboration Project (HNCP)

HQ Youth Drop-In Center

Inner City Christian Federation

Life EMS

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s

Metro Health University of Michigan Hospital

Network 180

Next Step of West Michigan

North Kent Connect

Pine Rest Street Reach

Safe Haven Ministries

Salvation Army

Spectrum Health

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