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Nonprofit restructures thrift shops

July 21, 2015
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Nonprofit restructures thrift shops
Mel Trotter Ministries operates thrift shops to help fund its mission of helping the needy. Photo via

A nonprofit is restructuring its thrift shop operation to match up with demand.

Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids, a homeless shelter, said yesterday that its Grand Rapids thrift shop, at 555 28th St. SE, will be sold and its Belding thrift shop, at 363 E. State St., will be taken over by Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids by Oct. 1.

For now, the nonprofit’s Jenison and Sparta thrift shops will remain open and under Mel Trotter ownership.

“It is certainly difficult to make these decisions. But after many months of careful thought and analysis, it is clear the number of donations we receive at our thrift stores is appropriate for two, not four locations,” said Dennis VanKampen, executive director and CEO, Mel Trotter Ministries.

“I am so grateful to those who have served Mel Trotter in Belding and Grand Rapids. Their dedication and hard work is deeply appreciated. Their continued support of our mission and vision from employees and volunteers is vital.”

Mel Trotter employees at the affected locations will have an opportunity to take positions at Mel Trotter’s downtown Grand Rapids mission, while others can interview for similar positions with Goodwill.

“Our partners are working very closely with us to ensure this transition is as seamless as possible,” said Bill Jones, COO/CFO, Mel Trotter Ministries. “Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids and several of our board members have been very generous in lending their support, guidance and expertise.

“Our team looks forward to concentrating more resources into our Sparta and Jenison locations. Donations from our community are as important as ever before.”

Mel Trotter Ministries also said yesterday that its Grand Rapids auto program will “continue to accept vehicles for donation, but will work with a third-party vendor to maximize the donation opportunity.”

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