“After I found out I was pregnant, there was no doubt in my mind that I could not go back to my old life. I had to provide. I was scared. I was pregnant and homeless. I thought, I’m going to do whatever I can for this new child who has no idea of my past. He is innocent and I can’t destroy him by being messed up,” Misty recalls.
Wendy's story is full of resilience, strength, and hope. While battling many health conditions and after fleeing domestic violence, she found herself at Mel Trotter Ministries. There, she discovered her value and worth as someone made in the image of God.
"Every single one of us has the same story, we’re just at different chapters in the book. Sometimes, we just need someone to encourage us to keep reading—especially when the plotline seems unfair and unbearable."
Mary was the full time care taker for her husband and also caring for her daughter adult daughter who has special needs. She had to retire early to focus on her family. She also drifted from the most important relationship she had. “I decided I was going to take a break from God. I didn't read my Bible, didn't go to church, I just existed. And you open the door for Satan when you do things like that,” she sighed heavily. “And I did.” But there's more to her story.
Living out of her van with three small children, this mom received a Christmas she’ll never forget, thanks to you.
Floyd had a brush with death at one point while he was experiencing homelessness. “I was run over by a car and left for dead,” he says. The incident shattered his leg and doctors replaced his bone with a steel rod. After living on the streets for so long, Jones said he was desperate to know how to change. “I thought it best to come where I could get myself together and get my life in order,” he says. “This is my last resort . . . right here.”
Lois and David's Story
It’s easy to forget that this upbeat mother and son are actually guests walking through homelessness. Like so many who turn to the Mission for help, there’s more to their story.
The Thompson Family Story
In the warmth of mid-summer, with a five-room house to call her own, the winter Kiera spent in her vehicle with her husband and four children is still vivid in her mind. You helped the Thompson family found a Pathway Home.
The worst part of being homeless wasn’t living in a dumpster, it was that I was alone. I felt like no one cared. My own family told me they never wanted anything to do with me. I couldn’t build relationships with people because I felt “less than", but there's more to my story.
My name is Gerald Gerard, but I go by Jerry. I was born here in Grand Rapids 73 years ago at Butterworth Hospital 5th floor. 2 years ago I had a triple bypass surgery there, though I was born on that floor, I thought I might die on the same floor, but God knew there was more to my story.