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Causes: Christianity, Religion

Mission: Guiding Light Mission exists to create a healing experience that allows individuals to discover a new life in Christ. We expect re-engagement in community. We provide food and shelter to all and resources to men that support their social, physical, spiritual and intellectual needs.

Target demographics: Homeless, hungry, addicted

Geographic areas served: Grand Rapids, MI

Programs: S.T.A.R.T. (Spiritual Truth And Recovery Training) program is our four month, Christian based addiction recovery program for men. Men engage in a variety of classes and educational opportunities along with Christian perspectives to assist them with their addictions. We also provide emergency services such as shelter for up to 70 men per night, lunch and dinner for men, women and children all with Christian focus.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Johnny B.

Client Served

Rating: 1

While I was there at the mission I watched this organization have a policy of telling the people who wanted to get in their addiction program that if they had debt that they couldn't enter that program. I watched them turn a man away for that reason. The director himself lost his burger king buisnesses owing money to his suppliers. It seems to me that they really don't want to help some of the very people they appear to be helping. I also watched as a man named paul be very rude.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Guiding Light Mission is an excellent organization. I've been a Board Member, Volunteer (primarily as a Mentor) and a donor over the years. All of the programs are Christ centered and are designed to help the men get re-engaged back in to their families/work/community. People are fed, have a place to stay overnight, and the Addiction Recovery Program is where the men have the most life changing experience.

Alumni come back to help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I teach the men in the program at the misson about banking services. They are eager to learn what is going on in the business world. The staff at the mission enlists my volunteer services to help the men gain valuable knowledge and provide a well rounded education. The facility is always neat and clean and the men well kept and attentive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently came to GLM as part of a service learning programe and have had nothing but positive experiances. The staff at Guiding Light are engaged, hard working people, who seem to genuinly care about the people in our community. They, along with their volunteers, have worked hard to provide not only food and shelter, but professional level services to men in need. These services provide an effective and practicle way to change lives and to help build a better world.

Jessica T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watching the people Guiding Light serves make positive transformations and find themselves in the hearts of people who care is a wonderful experience that I look forward to encountering every week when I volunteer at Guiding Light Mission. For almost a year, I have worked with the people who benefit from the services provided by Guiding Light Mission. I have heard stories that have touched my heart and changed me forever. People are truly grateful for having this haven...this place to go for help, hope, and love. I am grateful for the opportunity to grow and reach out to others. Guiding Light is a catalyst for change in the hearts and minds of the people it touches, whether they may be a volunteer, a board member, or a patron. Thank you for all you do GLM :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Guiding Light is a role model in its involvement with the community, its focus on holding its program men accountable, and its ability to get people talking about important issues such as homelessness. I am proud to be affiliated with GLM!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello ny name is Rob and I am a new creation. It didn't happen overnight to be sure, but thanks to the START program I have been clean and sober for over two years. I am a successful graduate of Victory Trade School, and am back home to mend fences in my relationships and to start new ones. Thank you!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guiding Light Mission is such a great support for the Grand Rapids Community. It is truly amazing seeing all the wonderful things they do to help out those in need!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Guiding Light is such an awesome organization! They do so many great things for the Grand Rapids community by helping patrons utilize the tools the need to get back on their feet!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guiding light mission is a fantastic organization! I have nothing but great things to say about all that they do for the Grand Rapids Community!