Thank you for stepping up during the COVID-19 pandemic!
Your generosity reaching hurting people during the coronavirus crisis!
As the coronavirus quickly spread across our country and the world, the people we serve became increasingly vulnerable. We asked for your help, and you stepped up for those experiencing hunger and homelessness in our community.
With the increased needs for staff to fill voids left by ceasing volunteer operations, contracting with organizations for supplemental staffing, increased costs of prepackaged and prepared foods, and increased needs for supplies, Mel Trotter Ministries needed to raise an additional $100,000 over our budget to operate. We are grateful to friends like you for giving generously.
Because of you, we were able to react quickly, providing alternate locations for our guests to spread out and be isolated when necessary. We were able to transport individuals to local healthcare organizations for testing. Ultimately, you came through not only for our guests - but for our entire community. Thank you!
"They thought I was worthy."
Thank you for helping guests like Wendy start over with confidence!
Your gifts help us show people like Wendy respect and allow God’s love to shine through. Thanks to God’s help and the generosity of friends like you, Wendy’s confidence grew. She even repaired her relationship with her 19-year-old daughter.
When school lets out, more children and families need your help.
With school releasing early due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some children were hit hard. Many were counting on free school breakfasts and lunches. Family budgets were stretched tight and many parents lost their jobs.
Because of these challenges, we are preparing for more children and families who will need help this summer. Numbers always increase during the summer, but Mel Trotter Ministries will likely see more children and families experiencing hunger and homelessness in the coming months.
Kate O’Keefe, one of our ministry partners from Family Promise of Grand Rapids, says, “We see a spike in family homelessness during the summer months. When school lets out for the summer, it can often cause overcrowding.” According to Kent County statistics, of the almost 8,500 people who experienced homelessness in the previous year, more than 2,500 were school-aged kids . . . 500 more than just two years prior!
Families like Tamiqua’s are the ones who will be struggling as schools close and the summer heats up. A hard-working single mom of two young children, Tamiqua found herself in a desperate situation when housing problems forced them to move out with nowhere else to go.
“We were sleeping in my van at night. I had a cooler that I put food for the boys in,” she explains. The frightened mom was desperate, but then someone recommended Mel Trotter Ministries.
“It was after hours and I was scared,” she said. “I didn’t think they were going to let me in. But they did. Everybody was welcoming to my kids. To know that your kids are in a safe, welcoming space . . . the kids were happy being here, having space and not living in a van or seeing me crying.”
While at Mel Trotter, Tamiqua was able to get a better job and eventually move with her children back into a house.
This is the kind of help your support will offer children and families experiencing hunger and homelessness this summer. Your gifts not only provide meals and a safe place to stay, but also connect families in the greater Grand Rapids area with restorative programs to help them get back on their feet.
Today’s younger generations need guidance from parents and family members to understand the connection between thriving spiritually and thriving financially. It’s important that we show them that giving back is what God calls us to do.
Talking about the future can create certainty, peace and even inspire them to get involved with the values, passions and causes you care about — like the work of Mel Trotter Ministries. Helping our children understand that giving is an act of worship will not only help them manage their money but also become good stewards.
Two things your children and grandchildren need to know as they grow are:
Why you embrace faith. In John 6:44, Jesus declares, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him …” How were you uniquely drawn to Christ? Communicating your faith journey can help instill a godly legacy and inspire curiosity. If serving Jesus is the “why” that gets you out of bed in the morning, tell them!
Why you have certain personal values. Perhaps you believe a solid work ethic is of utmost importance. What about living with integrity? Exercising financial stewardship or planning for retirement? Are you passionate about supporting a certain cause? If it matters to you, it’s worth sharing with them.
Then, you can easily turn your “why” into action, by supporting a ministry or cause that aligns with your values. A charitable gift annuity is a simple way to communicate your “why” to the next generation, receive an income stream for life and bless Mel Trotter Ministries in the process.
Donate things like cash, CDs, savings bonds, IRA distributions, collectibles and more. You can donate now or through your Will or a Trust. Email or call 616-588-8732 to learn more.