5 ways to help the homeless this winter

Whose life could we save together this winter? 1. Do something If you see someone living outside, let them know you care and encourage them to seek shelter at a local Mission. Call GRPD (or your local police department) to help with transportation 616-456-3400. 2.  Demonstrate compassion When it’s below freezing outside, it’s not the time… Continue reading 5 ways to help the homeless this winter

From rock bottom to restoration: Meagan’s story

  My name is Meagan. I would like to share a part of my journey to Mel Trotter Ministries, and how God has worked through the ministry to impact different areas in my life. I was born into a middle class Catholic family with two parents. I went to Catholic schools and experienced all of… Continue reading From rock bottom to restoration: Meagan’s story

Change is Coming

Written by Bob Lupton Is hurtful charity better than no charity at all?  Take an honest look at the outcomes of our traditional benevolence—from inner-city soup kitchens to aid to Haiti—and the answer becomes obvious. Despite our most charitable efforts, the world’s poor are not emerging from poverty. The poverty gap in the United States… Continue reading Change is Coming

Are we seeking to love and understand?

Twenty-one years ago, I had the opportunity to accompany a friend and his girlfriend’s father—Bob—on a mission trip. A couple of times each year, Bob would collect medical supplies and then deliver them to a mission group in Mexico. I knew I would be impacted by the trip, but what I didn’t know is that… Continue reading Are we seeking to love and understand?


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