DeMario arrived in Grand Rapids by bus from Memphis, Tennessee, with no one and no place to welcome him. Before he left Memphis, DeMario says, “I asked the good Lord to be with me and lead me on the right path.”

At the station, a local experiencing homelessness told DeMario about Mel Trotter Ministries. DeMario needed a nourishing meal and a safe night of rest and received these essentials and much more as he began to share his story with Mel Trotter staff.

Download a copy of our recent MTM Newsletter to read about how DeMario continues to pursue God's path for his life.

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Hester was born and raised in Grand Rapids. He’s always been a hard worker but found himself struggling to stay sheltered in recent years.

Reflecting on what led to his personal housing crisis, Hester can see a pattern of ill-intentioned people taking advantage of his generosity and desire to care for others. Multiple times, he lived with so called friends who squandered the rent he paid them, leaving them both unexpectedly homeless.

Last year, Hester lived in his car for eight months. One night he fell asleep and awoke to find himself nearly frozen. A concerned friend recommended Hester seek safe shelter at Mel Trotter Ministries. For the past few months, Hester has received hot, hearty meals, a warm, comfortable bed to sleep in and personalized support to help him find stability and secure affordable housing of his own.

“Mel Trotter is a great steppingstone,” says Hester, noting that the resources he’s received combined with the positive influence of the Mel Trotter team have helped put his dream of having his own apartment within reach.

Read about the transformation Hester is experiencing here.

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“When everything went downhill for me, this is where I ended up,” says Paul of his first visit to Mel Trotter Ministries four years ago.

He arrived following the death of his beloved wife. “I basically lost my mind,” he says of his bereavement. In addition to his wife, Paul lost his house, custody of his son and soon found himself overwhelmed by legal problems.

“Everything spiraled out of control,” he recalls.

Over the next few years, Paul spent significant time living on the streets of Grand Rapids. He would intermittently turn to Mel Trotter for a hot meal or a warm place to spend the night. He was always welcomed with love, dignity and respect.

During his visits, Mel Trotter staff would encourage Paul to embrace God’s call for his life and to walk in the Lord’s fullness.

“When your life is going great, it’s easy to believe and to have faith and say, ‘God loves me, and I love God,’” Paul shares. “When everything’s turned upside down, you ask, ‘Where’s God in all this?’”

Read the rest of Paul's story here. 

Events & Announcements

Art & Experience Auction: March 24, 2022

This inaugural MTM event — supporting day-center operations — begins Thursday,
March 24, 2022, at 6:00 P.M. at The High Five GR.

The Art & Experience Auction will highlight art from:

  • Heartside Art Ministry
  • Local artists
  • Donated pieces from people’s personal collections

The auction will also highlight local venues and the experiences they offer, such as:

  • A wine tasting and pairing with a local restaurant
  • A game and something extra with a local sports team
  • A private chef creating a meal for you and your friends in your home

The majority of items will be available through a silent auction that culminates the
night of the event. Select items will be auctioned live at the event on March 24.

To register for the event please visit

Meet the Mission Luncheons: Select Tuesdays 

Please join us for this complimentary event and learn more about how you can get involved and partner with us to change lives. Please visit for more information.

Mel Trotter Ministries Annual Golf Outing: June 27, 2022

Join us Monday, June 27, 2022, at Railside Golf Club for fellowship and fun in support of outreach programs at Mel Trotter Ministries.

Morning and afternoon flights are available for $125 per golfer and include 18-hole scramble, practice facilities, lunch, commemorative gift and chances to win prizes.

Register at

All funds raised support the MTM Outreach Division, which works to connect unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness to necessary provisions, including clothing, hygiene supplies, food, hot showers, transportation, resource referrals, and medical care.

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Season 2 of our Everyday Humanity podcast is out now!

This podcast shares stories of life transformation — the kind that happen when demonstrated compassion meets unconditional love.

Tune in as we uncover and share the way God works and moves through each of us through Everyday Humanity. Our podcast can be found wherever you get your podcasts or you can visit

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Online Storefront

Mel Trotter Ministries recently opened an online storefront featuring handcrafted goods from Next Step of West Michigan, apparel and books. Each purchase supports individuals on a transformational path to a more stable living environment. Browse and shop at

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