Mel Trotter Ministries and Next Step of West Michigan announce merger

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (July 13, 2020) — After many years of partnership and collaboration in supporting the same vulnerable population, Mel Trotter Ministries and Next Step of West Michigan have formally merged. The merger of organizations became official on July 2, 2020. No jobs or services will be effected by this merger.

Reducing the duplication of services and partnering to assist the same population who are experiencing hunger and homelessness in West Michigan was a driving force behind the merger. Next Step’s manufacturing space will provide the merged organizations a great space to train and employ individuals who have little to no work experience, as Next Step has excelled in business and workforce development. Plans to utilize vacant land owned by Next Step will provide Mel Trotter with the opportunity to create affordable transitional housing. Additionally, Next Step’s construction experience and skills will be used in building and renovating transitional housing for guests taking their next step out of homelessness. The merger will create a construction division of Mel Trotter Ministries that will manage and renovate projects at an affordable cost.

“I trust donors will be encouraged to see that likeminded organizations are partnering to serve the same population,” said Scott Jonkhoff, CEO of Next Step of West Michigan. “By merging together, we can go further than we could have individually. I am encouraged and hopeful that we will positively impact the lives of people on the margins for years to come.”

Mel Trotter President and CEO, Dennis Van Kampen, echoed those sentiments. “We believe that when organizations partner together or merge that the entire community gets better. Through this merger, we will become more effective stewards of donor and community resources. Most importantly, our guests will have more options and will move more quickly out of homeless forever. We believe that this will be a huge blessing for all.”

Additional information will be shared publicly via an open press conference on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Mel Trotter Ministries (225 Commerce Avenue SW). The press conference will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Media outlets are invited to attend. Both organizations will provide up-to-date information as it becomes available. To follow along, please visit

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About Mel Trotter Ministries

Established in 1900, Mel Trotter Ministries exists to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ, through rescue and restoration for anyone experiencing hunger and homelessness. MTM seeks to help end homelessness and walk with people on their faith journey. For more information about Mel Trotter Ministries, visit or call 616-588-8792.

About Next Step of West Michigan

Next Step is a faith-based nonprofit employing people coming out of prison or rehab and providing them with a community of support that will help them integrate into the workforce, regain hope and empower themselves to create a better future. For more information about Next Step, visit or call 616-243-4477.


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