STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Patty Cook

This week Patty Cook, one of our thrift store associates, answered a few questions regarding her position at Mel Trotter Ministries and the work she does to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ to the hungry, homeless, and hurting within the Greater Grand Rapids area. Her work is significant and good and life changing for so many… Continue reading STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Patty Cook

Youth Emergency Shelter opens in response to community need.

Approximately 200 young people every night are homeless in Kent County, living unsupervised on the streets, in shelters or abandoned buildings, with friends or with strangers. Approximately 43% of runaway homeless youth have reported abuse or neglect… These are two overwhelming, almost unbelievable statistics. Especially in West Michigan. Especially in Grand Rapids. What is Mel Trotter Ministries… Continue reading Youth Emergency Shelter opens in response to community need.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot…

Do you remember Once-ler? Dr. Seuss’ character in The Lorax? Once-ler comes across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots and carelessly begins to harvest them. The Lorax, who speaks on behalf of the trees, pleads with Once-ler and warns him of the consequences of cutting down the beautiful trees. But the Once-ler continues…… Continue reading Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot…

I tell them to give Jesus a try…

Lee took his first drink at 12 and was first diagnosed with alcohol poisoning at 20. “I used to walk down the street with plenty of drink in me,” said Lee Bailey, a current Mel Trotter Ministries guest. “And I was terrified. I could go weeks without drinking, but then I’d fall and find myself… Continue reading I tell them to give Jesus a try…

In 2015, we…

Each month (and really each day) our team collects data. Why? Because measurement matters when it changes the way you act.  Mel Trotter Ministries exists to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ toward the hungry, homeless and hurting of the greater Grand Rapids area. This is our mission statement, our promise. Our programs are creating an impact… Continue reading In 2015, we…

Simply, more.

Many of our colleagues, co-workers, family members, and friends started the New Year with a set of resolutions, a realignment of priorities for the next 365 days. Our team is taking significant time this month to consider and realign priorities too. How are we doing that? We’re working on a strategic plan while remembering who… Continue reading Simply, more.

Happily ever after.

Remember your wedding day? How you planned and prepped and prepared for the day? How you deliberated daily for months and months and months over decisions and desserts and dresses? Jerold and Mani have known each other for 10 years and have been waiting to get married for three. Their journey to the alter has not… Continue reading Happily ever after.