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Nonprofit opening house for homeless youth

March 24, 2017
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Mel Trotter Ministries Youth House interior
Courtesy Mel Trotter Ministries

A downtown nonprofit is opening a house for homeless youth to help them transition into stable housing.

Mel Trotter Ministries’ Youth House will open on April 3 in Grand Rapids.

The Youth House is a partnership between Mel Trotter Ministries, 3:11 Youth Housing and the NAACP.

Its goal is to help tenants “build the foundation for independent living.”

The Youth House will serve up to four young men ages 18-24 at a time.

The youth house features two bathrooms, a community kitchen and dining area, private rooms for the four tenants and their house mentor.

The house is located in an undisclosed Grand Rapids location.

3:11 Youth Housing will provide support for the young men living at the house through a house mentor, who will live in the house and provide encouragement and guidance to tenants.

Mel Trotter will also provide a youth advocate to assist with job readiness, housing readiness, spiritual counseling and other vital support.

Youth House tenants have the opportunity to work closely with the Grand Rapids chapter of the NAACP to learn how to better advocate for themselves in a variety of ways, including building skills in leadership and professional development.

Dennis Van Kampen, president and CEO of Mel Trotter Ministries, said each organization involved brings “expertise to the table to multiply impact.”

“Grand Rapids becomes a better place to live for everyone when we work together to address and solve problems,” Van Kampen said.

Mel Trotter Ministries celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Youth Emergency Shelter, or Y.E.S. Shelter, in February.

The Y.E.S. Shelter offers young men ages 18-24 emergency housing for up to 21 nights. 

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