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God's Kitchen program provides meals at emergency homeless shelter in GR

Catholic Charities’ God’s Kitchen program to help provide meals at emergency homeless shelter in Grand Rapids.
Credit: God's Kitchen

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Catholic Charities West Michigan’s God's Kitchen program is proud to provide ongoing meals, along with Kids Food Basket, in the new emergency homeless shelter at 250 Ionia Ave. in Grand Rapids. 

In response to a community of people living in tents, in Heartside Park, Mel Trotter Ministries, Guiding Light, and the City of Grand Rapids have partnered to lease the former Purple East building as a temporary homeless shelter. 

Partially due to COVID-19 occupancy limits in the shelters, this facility will offer a safe, warm place for the homeless and God's Kitchen will be helping to supply meals to 100 individuals each day throughout the Winter. 

“Despite COVID-19, our God’s Kitchen program has never stopped providing meals to the hungry and we are continuing to offer them to-go at our 303 Division location," said David Bellamy, CEO of Catholic Charities West Michigan. "In this time of uncertainty, we want to show God's love and provide a sense of security and hope to those who need it most.”

Dennis Van Kampen, president and CEO of Mel Trotter Ministries says, between winter and the COVID-19 pandemic, those experiencing homelessness are more vulnerable than ever this year 

said Dennis Van Kampen, president and CEO of Mel Trotter Ministries. 

“We appreciate Catholic Charities West Michigan offering support through their God’s Kitchen program,"  said Kampen. "We are gratified by the willingness of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to join together to address this immediate need.” 

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