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. What do you do in this case? Do you give money or continue by?
If you don't feel comfortable giving a panhandler money or you're concerned what they would do with that money, an alternative would be giving them a redeemable voucher to be used at Dégagé
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.
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
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.
Jim Wolf is a United States Army veteran. He's homeless, or was, but is now, hopefully, on his way to a better life.
The tragically sad thing is that so many of our veterans are in poverty, on the streets, hopeless. They need our help.
It's a fast, changing area, South Division in downtown Grand Rapids, is. Better known as the Heartside Neighborhood, and home for many missions and shelters who try to take care of the homeless, down and out, who have no where else to turn.
However, this area is changing into an arts district, with artists studios and galleries, and some retail moving back into the abandoned shops. Also, housing