Human Services

Mel Trotter Ministries

Grand Rapids, MI


Mel Trotter Ministries exists to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ, through rescue and restoration for anyone experiencing hunger and homelessness.

Ruling Year



Dennis Van Kampen

Main Address

225 Commerce Avenue SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503 USA


homeless shelter, housing placement, job readiness, food pantry, addiction recovery, urban ministry, meals, emergency shelter





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Christian (X20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Mel Trotter Ministries aims to significantly reduce homelessness in the greater Grand Rapids area through the pillars of its strategic plan: Housing, Partnerships & Collaborations, Faith, Excellence and Sustainability.

Our programs

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Rescue and Restoration Services

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Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The vision of Mel Trotter Ministries is to end homelessness in West Michigan one life at a time through the power of Christ.

The strategic plan set forth in 2016 through 2020 includes the following growth areas:

Sustainability: Improving stewardship of new and present resources and positioning MTM to meet the needs of the future.

Partnership & Collaboration: Expanding strategic alliances with the area's leading organization. Together we will have a greater impact toward our vision.

Excellence: Continually improving to achieve excellence with staff and the treatment of guests as measured by others.

Faith: Growing strategic discipleship and evangelism opportunities with faith partners.

Housing: Ending homelessness and meeting housing needs for men, women and children in the greater Grand Rapids area.

MTM aims to accomplish each of these goals through the collaboration with donors, employees, volunteers, board members, service providers, businesses, educational institutions, government, churches and health care organization. MTM will embrace team work, diversity, evangelism and discipleship.

Progress is measured on an annual basis with the strategic planning committee, which is made up of the Executive Leadership team, staff members, board members and other stakeholders.

-74 established church partnerships
-1,018 men, women and children have obtained permanent housing since 2014
-417 men and women have secured employment since 2014
-West Michigan's Best & Brightest Companies to Work For 2016, 2017
-Nation's Best & Brightest Companies to Work For 2016, 2017
-West Michigan Better Business Bureau Torch Award (Finalist), 2016, 2017

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Mel Trotter Ministries

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?