Building Dignity through Christ
Help us build a better future for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Dégagé Ministries ensures that our city continues to be a place of possibility for everyone. To meet growing community needs, we are expanding our capacity and advancing our mission by constructing a new three-story building and renovating our current facility.
The expansion and renovation project will allow us to help more people find the path to a more sustainable future.
Please prayerfully consider making a donation to help us.
Offline donations can be called in (616.454.1661) or sent to our offices at 144 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503.
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Poverty in Our City is Real
in Kent County used the homeless system in 2018—3,400 were children.
in chronic homelessness in the last four years.
in the U.S. lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Women have been impacted the hardest.
*According to the Coalition to End Homelessness.
†Source: “Scott Pelley’s interview with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.” 60 Minutes. May 17, 2020.
The new and renovated facility will include:
An expanded dining room to serve 90,000 meals a year (50% increase in capacity, from 120 to 180 seats)
A day wellness center providing 1,000 – 2,000 new wellness visits per year
A workforce development center with expanded programming to serve 900 – 1,000 attendees per year
An expanded Open Door Women’s Center
- Rooms for women and their children providing 3,000 – 3,500 new overnight stays per year
- 65% increase in overnight shelter capacity and third-shift sleeping space (from 40 – 66 beds)
The dining room is the only community center in Heartside. I am so thankful you are expanding as it’s always so full.”
~ David, Dining Room Patron
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”