Then came Sunday...

Because Christ has RISEN, we can be RESTORED! At Mel Trotter, we see the redeeming hope of Resurrection Sunday at work daily. Your continued support of Mel Trotter reveals the hope of Easter Sunday to those who are living in the darkness of Friday and the despair of Saturday. From a warm meal to a night of rest to life-changing resources, you are extending the hand of Christ to people in need.

Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 2021 can be a year of redemption! Read through the stories below to see how God is using the resources you provide to give new life to those experiencing hunger and homelessness in greater Grand Rapids. You’ll see the power of a fresh start through Saulo’s story. Learn what a spark of hope can do when you read Tecca’s story.

Thank you for giving our struggling neighbors a glimpse of the Easter story in action. Redemption and new life are ahead! Sunday is coming!

Saulo Montalvo believes in second chances.

Sent to prison at age 16 for his role in the murder of a store clerk, his life could have been over. But Saulo got a second chance. His redemption began with his father visiting him month after month. After reflection and study, little by little, his heart changed with God’s help.

Download a copy of our recent MTM Newsletter to read about Saulo's second chance a life.

Guest Update

Tecca Holding Keys

“Homelessness can happen to anyone.”

Never. Never in a million years did Tecca believe she would be homeless. Tecca traveled across the state to Grand Rapids to find work because the economy was so bad in her hometown. She found a job and worked hard to build a life of independence. But it all came crashing down around her one icy winter day.
“I slipped, fell and broke my hip,” Tecca explains.  

Her injury required four months of intensive rehabilitation in a nursing center. While she was working her way back to health, Tecca was evicted!

Growing numbers of people like Tecca in greater Grand Rapids who have never been at risk before are experiencing homelessness. Because of your continued support, Mel Trotter continues to be here for hurting people like Tecca. 

Shower Unit

Shower Unit

“All I wanted was a shower and to be clean.” 

Your gifts helped provide a mobile shower unit.

Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, Mel Trotter Ministries now offers those who are struggling in the community an opportunity to feel something you and I take for granted—clean.

We have recently added a mobile shower unit to offer cleanliness and dignity to unsheltered individuals in our community.

One woman, upon seeing the shower unit, cried tears of joy and shouted, “All I wanted was a shower and to be clean, now maybe I can get a job and get a house!”

Everyone is made in the image of God and worthy of dignity and respect. Thank you for giving those experiencing homelessness in greater Grand Rapids the chance to shower.

Events & Announcements

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Mel Trotter Ministries events and volunteer opportunities!

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Meet the Mission Luncheons

At the Meet the Mission Luncheon, you’ll learn about the faces of homelessness and how MTM works to restore the lives of the hundreds of men, women and children who experience a circumstance of hunger or homelessness at some point on their journey.

Please join us for this complimentary virtual event and learn more about how you can get involved and partner with us to change lives. Please visit meltrotter.org/luncheon for event dates and registration information.

Volunteer to help a neighbor

Join the Mel Trotter Ministries team of volunteers and help vulnerable neighbors, one life at a time, overcome homelessness. Here are some ways you can volunteer:

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Outreach Team

Join the outreach team in building relationships and providing basic needs and meals to those who are unsheltered in our community. This role includes riding in the van to various encampments and locations around the city, building relationships and handing out basic needs to the individuals we encounter. Other opportunities are in helping with the Mobile Shower Unit where we provide a hot shower for those who are in need. This includes helping with set up, tear down, handing out towels and hygiene kits, as well as building relationships.

Opportunity is available to: 1-2 people per shift.
Opportunity is available: weekdays, a three hour commitment is required.

We are looking for volunteers to join our team on a consistent basis.

Donation Room

Mel Trotter has been incredibly blessed by the generosity of the community and is looking for volunteers to organize, sort and clean the donation room. This role includes moving and lifting heavy boxes, sweeping and closely looking at donations for quality.

Opportunity is available to: groups and individuals.
Opportunity is available: weekdays, a three hour commitment is required.

For more information about these opportunities, or to sign up, please visit us at meltrotter.org/volunteer.

Become a Friend

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Put your concern for those experiencing hunger and homelessness into action every single month as a Friend of Mel Trotter. When you commit to monthly support as a recurring donor, your dollars go even further to reach those in need in greater Grand Rapids.

Here’s a quick glimpse of how you can increase your impact to reach those in need:

• $25 a month provides 12 hearty meals.
• $50 a month provides 3 hours of life-changing advocacy and ministry.
• $100 a month provides 1 full day of meals, advocacy and ministry.

Become a friend to help us plan ahead for the services we can offer and how many people we can impact. Your ongoing support will make a big difference for those who are in great need. For more information, go to meltrotter.org/friend.

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