Mel Trotter Ministries and Partners renovate medical clinic

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – As the leading provider of services to the homeless in West Michigan, 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.

“Many of the people we serve haven’t had their eyes checked, seen a dentist, or even had a routine check-up with a doctor in years,” said Van Kampen. “This new space will help meet the basic needs of our guests – which are not just food and shelter but also include mental and physical health. This clinic, with the support of great partners, allows us to do that.”

The new medical clinic will offer dental, vision, chiropractic and psychiatric services in addition to the services already provided by Community Partners Medical Clinic and the New Hope Sobering Center.

The additional medical services are thanks 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 onboard to help the organization update its medical offerings.

“I am very grateful for this unique collaboration between healthcare providers and universities,” said Dr. Dale McNinch, who serves as the honorary medical director of Mel Trotter Ministries. “We were able to make this space a reality because of their contributions and their open-minded approach to offer the best care to our guests. It really shows that God can do things that we otherwise would not have thought possible.”

Mel Trotter Ministries was also supported by a $400,000 grant from Network180, which enabled the organization to add two physician exam rooms, a medical lab, a vision lab, a dental office, and a chiropractic office. The funds also helped the organization hire recovery coaches.

The medical clinic updates are part of Mel Trotter Ministries’ $14.9 million capital campaign to renovate the entire shelter, a project expected to be complete in fall 2022.