Open Doors. Transform Lives.

Dégagé Ministries offers hope and opportunity to those facing homelessness and poverty in our community.

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Celebrate Dégagé!


NOVEMBER 22, 2024 from 12:00p – 1:00p.

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Join us for a tour, lunch, meet our staff, and see what God is doing at Dégagé!

Discover Dégagé August 23 from 12:00p – 1:00p.

Dégagé Ministries 139 Sheldon Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 40503

No one needs to face homelessness alone.

How We Help
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Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in a vibrant community center.

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A safe place to sleep for women in crisis.

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Hygiene services to shower and get a haircut.

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ID Assistance

ID program to get state IDs required for jobs and housing.

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Patron Advocate

Advocates to work one-on-one to assist overcoming barriers.

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Workforce Development

Opportunities to learn workforce skills and gain experience.

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Voucher Program

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.

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Our Impact In 2023

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Serving Grand Rapids

Dégagé Ministries provides Emergency, Empowerment, and Engagement services to people experiencing homelessness or poverty in Grand Rapids.

Emergency Services

Emergency services include 3 nutritious meals/day served in the Community Center which also serves as a warming and cooling center during extreme temperatures. The Wellness Center provides showers, haircuts, and a Rest Center where those recovering from surgery or illness can rest. Dégagé‘s Open Door Women’s Center provides emergency shelter for up to 100 women per night.
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Empowerment Services


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.

Engagement Services


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.

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Transforming Lives

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.