Rudy and Hannah Saunders. (July 19, 2013)
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Some people aren't sure of how to deal with panhandlers who approach them; Degage Ministries is reminding people of one possible option.
Degage sells $2 vouchers that people can give to panhandlers when they ask for help. That voucher can purchase a full meal, fund a haircut, bUy a pair of socks and much more.
"This is what we use to engage people in the conversation when you're pulling up on a corner and somebody is just wanting a couple of bucks," said Marge Palmerlee, director of Degage Ministries. "you do not have the opportunity to say 'How can I help you?' whereas when someone comes into Degage for a meal, we then can sit down and say 'How can we help you?"
Degage has been serving the downtown Grand Rapids community since 1967.