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To raise awareness of the homeless situation in Grand Rapids… Degage’ Ministries is taking part in “The World of Winter” event.  This allows local residents an opportunity to see the “personal” side of homelessness… the devastation as well as some of the success.

Degage’ Ministries downtown homeless shelter is hosting “Project Hope.” Officials are working with Downtown Grand Rapids Incorporated’s World of Winter event.

Mutually Inclusive: Degage Ministries

Feb 5, 2021

 Weekly we focus on the work of area individuals and organizations advancing equity in our community. This morning from Dégagé Ministries we welcome Program Director Julie Kendrick. Joining the discussion is WGVU Grants Manager, Steve Chappell. This weekly segment is part of a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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Feb 4, 2021
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 Degage Ministries welcomes a new CEO. We talk to Thelma Ensink, her background, her preparation for the role and her vision.

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Degage’ Ministries officials say the pandemic is not going to stop their annual “Christmas Store” for Heartside residents.   

“We are thrilled that Degage Ministries will be able to offer the annual Christmas Store this year, in spite of COVID 19.”

That’s Kristen Aidif, Event Manager at Degage’ Ministries.  She says they had to make some adjustments for social distancing and the like, due to COVID, but the show will go on.  Heartside residents will be able to shop for their loved ones this Christmas.

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Dec 2, 2020
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 Degage Ministries holds its annual Christmas Store for patrons and Heartside neighbors this month, talking to Kristin Aidif about how it works this year.

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Faith-based homeless support agency, Degage’ Ministries recently held a capital campaign launch.  It was on the grounds of their expanded property at Sheldon and Cherry streets in downtown Grand Rapids.  WGVU talked with Degage leaders about the campaign.

“It is a huge milestone in the life and ministry of Degage, and we are excited to be expanding and being able to meet the needs of more people in a more dignified way.”

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Sep 1, 2020
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  Degage Ministries launches a 1.3 million dollar public fundraising effort to expand its services, Executive Director Marge Palmerlee with the details.

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Aug 18, 2020
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  Degage Ministries needs your decorated pillowcases, seeking help from the community with The Pillowcase Project. Brooke Jevicks with the details.

A new shelter in Grand Rapids is hoping to address a growing problem in the city: there is simply not enough room for the number of homeless families who need help. One official told me it’s heartbreaking…the lack of beds means, many shelters are having to turn women and children away, even when temperatures have plunged far below freezing overnight.

For local non-profit Family Promise, they’ve had a wait list over 100 families long, but now, with the new Fulton Manor Emergency Family Shelter opening in Grand Rapids, that wait list will drop to zero by next week.

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West Michigan is heading into a deep freeze with temperatures and wind chills dropping into the single digits. Grand Rapids Heartside District and its homeless missions are extending hours and preparing additional accommodations for an influx of patrons. WGVU spoke with Mel Trotter’s Vice President of Programs, Adrienne Goodstal.

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Grand Rapids' St. Cecilia Music Center recently hosted a talent show called Talent from the Heart.

The performers call the city's Heartside community home. We introduce you to Degage Ministries and some of its patrons who took to the stage in the 500-seat auditorium.

Here these homeless and disadvantaged men and women shared their talents and built confidence. They opened ears and eyes and perhaps, a door of opportunity.

Brothers collect cans, raise more than $1,500 for homeless

Aug 21, 2017

After collecting pop cans all summer, two brothers raised more than $1,500 to help the homeless in Grand Rapids and host a pizza party. Ten-year-old Caleb Graves and 7-year-old Jacob decided to act after seeing a man panhandling. Their goal was to raise money to buy pizzas for the homeless who are served by Degage Ministries. Peppino's Sports Grille ended up donating 30 pizzas for 100 people Friday, so the money donated by the Graves brothers will be used for birthday parties.

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We speak with guests from Dégagé Ministries. Dégagé clients are training to participate in this year's 5/3rd River Bank Run.

Grand Rapids offering day work for homeless

Feb 6, 2017

Grand Rapids Officials are partnering with a homeless outreach organization Next Step of West Michigan to offer people holding signs and asking for a handout a chance to work for the day instead. The pilot program began in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has been so successful that Grand Rapids Mayor Roslynn Bliss decided to give it a try here. Next Step program director Jonathan Peerboom says he was skeptical at first, but 90 percent of the people who are offered the work jump at the chance to take it.

Homeless shelter expands hours during winter months

Jan 4, 2017
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Downtown Grand Rapids homeless shelter Degage Ministries is extending its day center’s hours this winter season to help keep people suffering from homelessness warm during the cold months. 

“Well with the elements in Michigan we know that the cold weather is coming and its forecasted for this week, and when we serve a vulnerable population it is just so important that they have a place to be and out of the cold weather," Marge Palmerlee, the executive director at Degage Ministries said.

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