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The Burden of Poverty

For once-homeless mother and daughter graduates, ‘dreams do come true’

Ayjia Jones and her mother, Monique Williams, are both graduates of the Class of 2021. Their accomplishment comes after two years living in motels, searching for housing and pathways to stability...

Schools, organizations step up to feed students, families

Area schools continue to provide free grab and go meals at regular distribution events and community partners are helping to fill in the gaps to make sure everyone is fed during a very challenging time...

‘It’s more than just me’

He couch-surfed as a homeless teen. Now Ja-Quari Moore-Bass works with other youth to help create a blueprint for housing that combines shelter with mentorship and a plan for success...

‘We didn’t notice they’re gone’

A West Side resident with two children in Grand Rapids Public Schools, Jim Davis worries about the families who can’t afford to live in that booming area and the impact on schools...

Got Breakfast?

Just after the morning school bell rings, West Kelloggsville Elementary School teacher Joy Howard calls up her kindergartners one-by-one to hand them breakfast. They...

Wanted: A House We Can Afford

Dawn Broene is well aware of the challenges of finding affordable housing in the Lowell area. Breone, director of Flat River Outreach Ministries, said the...
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