HQ is the Place to Be

HQ is the Place to Be A poem by: An HQ member When you started from nothing and ending up with something, just because of a place to call home. Knowing you’re not alone. Knowing it’s your home away from home away from the streets. Just a place where you

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“Why I Give”

“Why I Give” By: Amy Hinman + friends Since opening our doors in 2014, HQ has been 100% community supported. Who we are, what we do, and how we do it is all because of the community, and we couldn’t be more proud of that. From benefit dinners in church

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Words Matter Here

Words matter here. By: Amy Hinman Sometimes, at HQ, we say things differently. The words we say might sound unusual or unfamiliar, but they’re important, and we want to share a few of our most common “HQ phrases” and why we choose to use them. “Youth” vs. “Kids” or “Teens”

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A place to call home: Well House opens permanent housing for homeless youth Rapid Growth Media January 26, 2017 Ending homelessness is a top priority for metropolitan areas throughout the country. With churches, nonprofits and individuals’ joint efforts, services such as temporary housing, food pantries, soup kitchens, and showers dot

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At 17, living in a tent by the river The Bridge January 12, 2017 GRAND RAPIDS – At age 21, Roy Turner already could be considered a veteran of the streets. Homeless off and on since he was 17, he’s slept in a van, stayed with relatives, in shelters, in

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Fewer homeless veterans. More homeless children in state. The Bridge January 12, 2017 GRAND RAPIDS — A few days before Christmas, a stressed-out Victoria Smith was doing her best to keep it together. A single mother of four young children, Smith, 22, slipped into homelessness a couple months earlier when

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Beauty + Messiness

Beauty + Messiness   By: Holly Anderton When asked to describe drop-in, I often find myself at a loss for words. It’s a mixture of beauty and messiness; heaviness and strength; weariness and energy. Combined, drop-in is a place that authenticity is currency and your word is gold. From the

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HQ Ready for Anything

HQ Ready for Anything   By: Amy Hinman In the conference room at HQ, an R+B playlist pumps through the speakers, vibrations making the cups of Hawaiian punch jiggle slightly. There are bowls of chips on the tables, which are arranged like a classroom, as well as printed materials, binders,

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Hope for Health

Hope for Health By: Amy Hinman In a small renovated bathroom-turned-nurses station, still new with the smell of polyester and fresh paint, nurse Brooke flips through a pamphlet on birth control options. She is sitting next to an HQ, member, who is giggling wildly. “What’s birth control?” she asks Brooke,

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