Mel Trotter Ministries will host its first annual Season of Hope event this fall on Monday, September 28, at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. This unique and inspiring dinner event will allow Mel Trotter supporters and friends to enjoy community and connectedness, while listening to Liz Murray, an inspirational speaker.
Liz Murray is the subject of the Lifetime movie, Homeless to Harvard, and the New York Times best-selling author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard. She was born in the Bronx in the early 1980s to drug-addicted parents and became homeless at 15, when her mother died of AIDS and her father moved to a homeless shelter.
Liz is not unlike many of the men, women, and 50+ children who stay at Mel Trotter Ministries. Their eyes are filled with hope. They long for a better life. Will someone, somewhere see them not for who they are, but for who they could be? With a mentor, determination, and a dream, Liz persevered. She fought. She went from “homeless to Harvard.” Her story is moving, empowering, and provides us with a fresh perspective on both hardship and possibility.
How do we create possibility for others? Particularly for our homeless brothers and sisters? How do we see them not for who they are, but for who they could be? How do we turn a dream into reality?
One way is through your attendance and sponsorship of our Season of Hope event. All monies collected through this gathering will be used to support the work we do to end homelessness in the Greater Grand Rapids area, one person at a time. More specifically, the money raised will help us empower families to build a better future by maintaining a space that is both safe and welcoming for those who call our shelter home.
You can learn more about the event here.
Consider joining us. Tickets go on sale July 9. Sponsorships are also available.