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Did You Know You Can Give Panhandlers in G.R. a Redeemable Voucher Instead of Money?

If you drive or walk through Grand Rapids, especially downtown, you are bound to see a panhandler or two on the side of the road asking for money...

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Would You be Willing to Help a Man, a Woman, a Child, in Need?

Time and time again we encounter a person on the street, usually a man, asking for help. He needs some spare change, a few bucks, whatever, and what do you say? Chances are you say "no I can't help you today," and you go on your way. Well, how about helping that man today?

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A Special Easter Dinner for Those in Need

There are many in our community that won't have an Easter Dinner this year. Whether through illness or hardship, Easter, a traditional time of the year for families to gather, will be missed. However, there is an organization that wants to make sure no one is alone. 

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Detroit Entrepreneur Making Sleeping Bag Coats for the Homeless by the Homeless

Detroit native Veronika Scott has developed an amazing new coat, and is helping the homeless not only stay warm, but also giving them a way to get off the streets. She's created a coat that converts to a sleeping bag, and an over the shoulder bag, for the homeless. And she hires homeless people to help make them!

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ArtPrize Artist Helps Homeless Live Out Their Dreams [Video]

Michelle Cuppy is an artist and a photographer. She has also volunteered at Degage Ministries in Grand Rapids. Cuppy has combined her talents with her passion for helping the homeless to create "Dreamers" for ArtPrize Eight.

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Grand Rapids Police Asking for Help Locating Homeless in Need of Shelter

Today's winter storm has the Grand Rapids Police Department conducting a sweep of the city looking for homeless people in need of shelter.

If you know of any homeless people who need help, the GRPD is asking you to contact them.

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This is an Amazing Piano Concert [Video]

This is a pretty fantastic video.

Recently, in Sarasota, Florida, a merchant put a piano outside on a sidewalk, hoping people would walk up and play a bit.

Then, an amazing thing happened.

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What’s the Difference Between the Homeless and you and me? Not Much [Video]

This is a very cool short film from filmmaker Tyler Bridges. He has created  "What’s the Difference" in which homeless guys get a shower, a shave and a haircut. Simple.

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The Homeless Get a Meal From the Ninja Feeder [Video]

Thanksgiving was last week, I know, but I just found this video and had to share it with you.

This is what this world of ours should be about, helping others in need. This guy, or should I say, Ninja, is doing it right.  It's very sweet. Watch!

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Chelsea Lassen gives her rental car a hug after a homeless man found and returned her car keys in Grand Rapids Wednesday.
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Unlocking ArtPrize: Woman’s Faith In Humanity Restored

When Chelsea Lassen decided to spend an afternoon with friends exploring ArtPrize in Grand Rapids Wednesday, she didn’t expect to leave in a panic...

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Degage Event for Women at Celebration Cinema North Thursday

 

Dégagé Ministries invites women in the community to join them at their event, Open Door Open Hearts, on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Celebration! Cinema Wave Room, 2121 Celebration Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. This event is for women, to benefit women. The event will provide attendees with a fun and relaxing evening, including a strolling dinner, speakers and activities, along with concrete ways for how to support women in crisis in their community.

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Deadline for Degage Ministries Christmas Store Donations is Today

This coming Wednesday, December 18 from 12 – 4 pm Heartside neighbors will have the opportunity to shop and pay for reduced cost Christmas gifts and winter essentials at Degage’s Christmas Store event. Degage believes that when neighbors have the opportunity to purchase their own gifts and essentials, it will build confidence and responsibility versus receiving free gifts.

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