Everyone deserves dignity and respect.
No one needs to face homelessness alone.
How We Help
To serve men and women with dignity and respect, Dégagé charges a small fee for many of its meals and services. With a $2 voucher, men and women can purchase a full meal, pay for storage in a locker for a week, get a haircut, buy a pair of warm socks, and much more.
Our Impact In 2022
patron advocacy visits
vital records obtained
unique individuals provided shelter
total women whose housing resolved by year end
women directly assisted to obtain housing
people served by the workforce development program
Serving Grand Rapids
Dégagé Ministries provides Emergency, Empowerment, and Engagement services to people experiencing homelessness or poverty in Grand Rapids.
MEETING BASIC NEEDS.
BUILDING A NEW LIFE.
Empowerment services include ID and Patron Advocacy (access to resources such as health care and housing) provided in the Advancement Center. The Workforce Development program provides employment opportunities both internally and externally including at the Open Door Bakery and Thrift on Div store, Dégagé‘s social enterprise businesses, which employ people experiencing homelessness while raising funds for Dégagé. Dégagé provides transitional housing through its Close to Home and Bridge to Home programs.
UTILITIZING YOUR GIFTS AND PASSIONS.
Engagement services include opportunities for community members to partner in addressing homelessness and poverty by volunteering, participating in education or advocacy, or to become an ambassador.
Geraldine works as the day cook at Dégagé Ministries, preparing delicious and nutritions meals for over 300 people a day. Not too long ago, Geraldine had come to Dégagé after finding herself without a home and without a job. We were blessed to find a position for her in Dégagé‘s kitchen, and after four months working hard to save money for an apartment, she was able to find a new place to call home. To learn more, see our Annual Report.