Mel Trotter Ministries and Partners Renovate Medical Clinic

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – As West Michigan’s leading homeless service provider, Mel Trotter Ministries is already doing a good job. By renovating his medical clinic and connecting with other local healthcare providers, Mel Trotter is tripling his impact.

“A lot of people we serve haven’t had their eyes checked, seen a dentist or even had a routine checkup with a doctor in years,” Van Kampen said. “This new space will help meet the basic needs of our clients – which are not just food and shelter, but also mental and physical health care. This clinic, with the support of great partners, allows us to TO DO.

The new medical clinic will provide dental, vision and chiropractic care, as well as mental health services, in addition to services already offered by the Community Partners Medical Clinic and the New Hope Sobering Center.

Additional medical services are due to a partnership between Mel Trotter Ministries and local healthcare providers. Volunteers from Spectrum Health, Mercy Health St. Mary’s, University of Michigan Health West, Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University are on board to help the organization update its medical offers.

“I am extremely grateful to have this unique collaboration between health care providers and universities,” said Dr. Dale McNinch, who serves in a pro bono capacity as Medical Director of Mel Trotter Ministries. “We were able to create this space because of their contributions and their open-minded approach to providing the best care for our clients. It really shows that God can do things we wouldn’t otherwise think possible.

Mel Trotter Ministries also received a $400,000 grant from Network180, which allowed the organization to add two medical exam rooms, a medical lab, a vision lab, a dental office and a chiropractic office. The funds also helped the organization bring in recovery coaches.

The medical clinic updates are part of Mel Trotter Ministries’ $14.9 million fundraising campaign to renovate the entire shelter, a project slated for completion in the fall of 2022.