Guiding Light Mission, Inc.

Rating: 4.25 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Religion

Location: 255 S Division Avenue Grand Rapids MI 49503 USA

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.

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Rating: 1 stars  

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.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A little

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Somewhat badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The graduation rates. The men who have come back to say "Thanks". Seeing hearts melt and mend. Lifestyles change.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask for more community involvement from local Pschologists and mental health therapists. These men hurt deeply and need help moving-on / healing from their pasts. Most of the men come from broken families; abusive parents; non-existant or distant parents; addiction abuse by parents and family members etc. It takes a community.

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They mission/staff helps men get back on their feet, rehabiltated from their weaknesses and become respected men back in the work and church community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no changes really.

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of the men it has helped. When men first come through GLM's doors, they are dealing not only with homelessness, but are frequently facing addictions as well physical and emotional problems. Watching these men heal and work towards becoming clean has been a tremendously rewarding experiance.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are times when communication can be an issue. However, the infrequent lapses in communication do not impede GLM's ability to serve its volunteers or its community.

Rating: 5 stars  

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 :)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have heard testimony of the wonderful impact that GLM has had on the men in the START program. People who had no where to go and no one to turn to have found a place to "be well" again.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Raise money in order to purchase things that the mission needs....personally, I would like to see some yoga mats to use during fitness program ;)

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning about what it has to offer

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none at this time

Rating: 5 stars  

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!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

START

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteer work

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

there is nothing i would change!

Rating: 5 stars  

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!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through my friends/volunteers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none.

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Amanda Lillard

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing at all

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