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Guiding Light Mission, Inc.

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Mission: Guiding Light 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: Homelessness, joblessness, addiction, recovery

Direct beneficiaries per year: 737 Individuals back to work, off the street and on a payroll.

Geographic areas served: Grand Rapids, MI

Programs: A 90-day, live-in Back to Work program; a Long-term Addiction Recovery program, or The Job Post, a local staffing agency located within Guiding Light to serve the community.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Maria K.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent recovery program for anyone really wanting to get the help they need to get clean from drugs or alcohol.

Olivia Jenison B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Guiding Light for a year now and truly believe in the organization's mission to help men off the street and on a payroll. When men come to us they are broken and are looking for the tools to rebuild their lives. We assist them through our 120 day Back to Work program and our 120 day minimum Guiding Light Recovery program.

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.

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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!!!

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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!

Board Member

Rating: 4

I've served as a board member for four years and have seen the organization's success blossom, particularly over the past 18 months. The efforts of the staff are 100% focused on the success of the mission's clients. A caring, positive spirit pervades every effort by the staff and volunteers to reengage the men who walk through the mission's doors in community.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteered here and LOVED it. Everyone was so nice and kind. The public was so grateful they were there. I would definitely volunteer there again. What they do for people is so inspiring.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have nothing but good things to say about Guiding Light Mission. They empower and encourage their patrons to be the best that each individual can be and provide them the tools to do so. The mission ensures non duplication of services within the community and that donations are spent on necessities. All around, they are doing wonderful work for our community and I am glad to have been a part of such a great organization.

Donor

Rating: 4

Guiding Light Mission has worked hard over the past year to build a positive reputation in the community. Their focus on empowerment is commendable!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

There is only so much branding, marketing, and PR one can do. You can put lipstick on a pig but at the end of the day it is still a pig. The Guiding Light Mission has tried hard to revamp its image from the outside - now all it has to do is worry about the minor business of entirely restructuring the organization internally. From my experience as a former volunteer, the board at Guiding Light Mission is corrupt and the leadership is corrupt. Obviously these are strong words but just do a Google search of Guiding Light Mission, dig a little, and you'll see an organization constantly covering up negative activities and trying to put a positive spin on it. If you need further proof I encourage you to follow these links: http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/target_8/Target_8_Beat_down_near_Guiding_Light http://www.topix.com/forum/city/grand-rapids-mi/TMR9GH936M5JFTFIQ http://www.topix.com/forum/source/wood/TASJB4V365MIN8EJF Many of the folks commenting at these sites have intimate knowledge of that organization - they are staff members, board members, past volunteers, ex-donors, and most importantly residence of the facility. There are so many more worthwhile causes in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area - that help the homeless, that provide food and clothing and shelter - and all do so in a God-honoring manor – Degage Ministries , Mel Trotter Ministries, Salvation Army, Safe Haven Ministries, the Well House, the Open Door - the list goes on an on - and absolutely none of these places have long and sordid histories where time and again stories of corruption and fraud come to light. This economy will leave some places still standing and others in the dust. This community would do just as well without the Guiding Light Mission.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

my name is David I came to the Guiding Light Mission in July after a bout with a relapse from my addiction to crack cocaine. I was welcomed and allowed to first detox, a process to get some sleep, and food during the initial phase of recovery. I then was given a responsibility. I became the morning cook at the mission.I began to serve god threw the mission, feeding his sheep. as time went on and I attended the classes, groups, and meetings offered I began to receive some self respect that I had lost in the process on my addictive lifestyle. the guiding light mission has helped me by allowing me the time and resources to get out of my self and allow God to work in and through me. I am currently attending cornerstone college, working on my business degree. I thank God for the donors, and the people at guiding light who have made this all possible.