All the Stuff Inside

By: Mary DeYoung We rush past each other every day–in cars, down hallways, in supermarket aisles. For many,feeling relatively ignored in public spaces is normal, and often preferred. But to the youth that come through our doors, being “unseen” communicates that their reality is uncomfortable and they are not worth acknowledging. As

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Why the area’s 4K tally of homeless students is likely higher MLive April 6, 2016 “The surge of homeless schoolchildren in Kent and Ottawa counties to more than 4,000 is driven by unemployment, family dysfunction, foreclosures, rejection of sexual orientation, and unaffordable housing, according to educators and advocates.” [read the

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Get What You Need & Go Forth

By: Amy Hinman A member at HQ told me once that the worst part about being homeless isn’t the starving, the not bathing, the freezing. It’s being looked at like the world would be a better place if you weren’t there. It’s knowing that, in that moment, you are despised and rejected,

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Local business hosts ‘Period Project’ to help homeless women WOOD TV8 March 3, 2016 “Organizers behind a small business aimed at helping homeless women are bringing attention to a need that is often overlooked and avoided.” [watch the clip]      

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New Mel Trotter Ministries shelter space serves young men WZZM 13 March 1, 2016 “There’s a new option for a specific group of homeless people in Grand Rapids..” [watch the clip]

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HQ forges connections to help homeless youths with jobs Grand Rapids Business Journal December 4, 2015 “There are more homeless teenagers in West Michigan than one might think, but the good news is, they don’t have to be homeless or unemployed any more.” [read more]  

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HQ: Helping kids and teens facing homelessness WoodTV8 December 1, 2015 When you think of a homeless person in Grand Rapids, a teenager or child might not come to mind, but they’re out there and they need help. That’s where HQ Runaway and Homeless Youth Drop-in Center comes in. [read more]

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GR Lip Sync Battle to raise money for homeless teen center MLive November 24, 2015 The GR Lip Sync Battle featuring local media and business professionals is set to take the stage at Celebration Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Drive NE, on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The beneficiary of the

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Teen drop-in center to celebrate community involvement, youth helped with first GR Lip Sync Battle The Rapidian November 24, 2015 HQ, a drop-in center for homeless teens on State Street in Grand Rapids, is celebrating its one year anniversary with GR Lip Sync Battle at Celebration Cinema North. [read more]

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Drop-in center celebrates 1 year of helping homeless youth WoodTV8 Novemer 18, 2015 A local center is celebrating one year of helping homeless youth in Grand Rapids. HQ Runaway and Homeless Youth Drop-in Center set a goal to help 200 young people when it first opened its doors in November 2014. Organizers

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