stories of compassion
My name is Harold and I am 53 years old. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I’m the youngest of eleven siblings, seven boys and four girls. Growing up my father ran a gambling house, where there were plenty of drugs and alcohol. During this time is when I began to self-medicate, but there's more to my story.
Staff spotlight: Mary
The years Mary spent at Prison Fellowship now fuel the passion behind her work at Mel Trotter Ministries. Each day, she brings the same enthusiasm and faith principles to her work. She firmly believes that everyone deserves the love and compassion of Jesus Christ, despite their past.
Robin and Sean's Story
Robin and her stepson, Sean, are faithful volunteers. It wouldn’t be Friday in the Mel Trotter kitchen without seeing the two friendly faces in the serving line.
A summer graduate of Mel Trotter Ministries, Cherita now lives in her own apartment near Mel Trotter Ministries. You helped Cherita believe that God made her for more than a life of addiction and showed her that she deserve value, dignity and the compassion of Christ.
My name is LaVonia. For years I believed I was ugly, fat, worthless, because that’s what I was always told. After years in abusive relationships I finally decided I had to do something to save myself. There's more to my story.
Staff spotlight: Marcy
With decades of human resources experience in the hospitality industry, Marcy McMahon knew all the ins and outs of service. However, when she began leading a women’s devotional at Mel Trotter Ministries a couple of years ago, she discovered what true hospitality looked like.
My name is Alberta. I am a preacher's daughter. I was married for over 20 years and raised two children but that long in an abusive relationship chipped away at the solid foundation I had built. I ended up divorced and suffering from PTSD, but God made me for more. There is more to my story.
My name is Larry. I grew up in Muskegon Michigan, I was lucky because both of my parents were in the home. My father was a hardworking man and a good provider for his family. As a child my father taught me the value in being supportive of your family. As a young boy I wanted to be and act like my father. As a child me and my siblings didn’t want for anything, we were the ideal family. But there’s more to my story
My name is Deshawn. You ask where I grew up? A warm, comfortable, three story house in Muskegon. There are a variety of things I could name that made me homeless, but the main one would have to be that I was in denial and refused to listen to the people who wanted to help me. There's more to my story.
Devotional celebration was a night of transformation
October 2 was a very special night for some guests at Mel Trotter Ministries. With help from Third Reformed Church members, MTM’s Spiritual Life Focus Group hosted another devotional celebration this year, an event that closely resembled “prom” for men and women in one of our various programs.