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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Medical space created for treatment of homeless youth MLive June 3, 2016 “HQ, a drop-in center for homeless and runaway youth, now has a treatment area for young people to access medical services from volunteer nurses. Furniture giant Herman Miller’s foundation, Herman Miller Cares, Herman Miller HealthCare, and its dealership

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Breathing In The Sun

Breathing In The Sun By: Jalim Ali Early morning at the bus stop, eyes closed, light still bleeds through, filling my head with that yellowy red, my breath slides in and out of my lungs almost effortlessly, I feel the sun breaking up the chill bite of the morning, the

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Design for the Greater Good Johnson Center for Philanthropy May 3, 2016 “Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) and Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy have gained a key partner in their mission to help area nonprofits develop the tools that

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