Mel Trotter Cafeteria gets fresh updates thanks to Cook Foundation

One of our favorite Bible verses is 2 Corinthians 9:7, ‘For God loveth a cheerful giver.’ We were honored and so pleased to be able to partner with Mel Trotter Ministries to provide a bright, open and modern update to the cafeteria. We’re thankful to help you do the Lord’s work in the downtown neighborhood. – Tom Claus, president of the Cook Foundation

September 27, 2018

By Abbey Sladick |  

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - The 4,000+ guests that visit the Mel Trotter Ministries cafeteria each year will experience a lighter, brighter and even more welcoming space thanks to a generous contribution from a local family foundation.

In September, the newly renovated Peter C. and Emajean Cook Cafeteria at Mel Trotter Ministries was re-dedicated. Improvements to the cafeteria include: Original wood floor restoration, replacing and returning windows to original height, reconfiguring the buffet areas, inspirational décor, a new dish return line and a host stand.Img 9144

“A meal can be the very first opportunity we have to build a relationship with our guests who often come to us betrayed, broken and in despair. Around these tables we are able to listen and build relationships that can lead to life-change for the men, women and children we serve,” said Dennis Van Kampen, CEO of Mel Trotter Ministries. “Thanks to the generous $33,000 gift from the Cook Foundation, our guests will experience excellent hospitality and the love of Jesus Christ each time they sit down for a meal.”

Mel Trotter Ministries serves a hot breakfast, lunch and dinner — 400 meals a day, 365 days a year to individuals and families who are working to overcome homelessness.

If you want to learn more about getting involved or giving back to Mel Trotter Ministries visit their website. 

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