Mel Trotter Launches Renovation Campaign

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

nbMel Trotter Ministries announced Immeasurably More, a $14.9 million fundraising campaign to fund the construction of a renovated shelter. It has been 54 years since any kind of significant renovation has occurred

Launched in 2019, the Immeasurably More campaign has raised more than $9.8 million over the last year, 66% of the campaign goal. Over 240 community donors, local businesses, and area foundations have supported the campaign.

Mel Trotter Ministry leaders plan to begin construction on the new shelter this summer with anticipated completion by Fall of 2022. The shelter will provide increased dignity, health and safety with its new design including quad rooms and air filtration systems.

Founded in 1900, Mel Trotter Ministries serves over 3,000 homeless guests each year—providing housing, meals, recovery programs, educational and job training, and spiritual counseling so local residents can break the cycle of addiction, pursue permanent housing, gain employment, and explore educational opportunities. Over the last two years, Mel Trotter has merged with Heartside Ministries and Next Step of West Michigan to expand their services to the homeless in the region.
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey is a full-time freelance writer and editor for an assortment of publications including Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Faith Grand Rapids magazine. He has completed his first novel with the working title, Karl Beguiled. He and his wife, Barb, live in Wyoming, Michigan. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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