At Mel Trotter Ministries, we track our programs carefully to make sure we’re helping those who need it the most. Below is a snapshot of our work in just one 12-month period: • Nights of safe shelter provided • Hot meals served • Onsite vision & dental clinics people served To demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ toward the hungry, homeless and hurting of the Grand Rapids area. • Group counseling sessions • Individual counseling sessions and • Pray for our residents, staff volunteers l donation • Inner-city kids sent to summer camp • Make a much-needed financia • Donate your use d car, truck, RV or boat to Mel Trotter il stores • Shop at one of our three reta • Individual lives committed to Christ • Include Mel Tro tter in your will • Tell others about the work of Mel Trotter Ministries • Cars donated, repaired and resold • Emergency food boxes distributed: • Pantry-style meals in those food boxes 225 Commerce St. SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 454-8249 www.MelTrotter.org • Thanksgiving meals served: Battling Addictions Substance abuse is a common problem among Sources of Mel Trotter support What have you worried about this year? What have you homeless people. Our licensed counselors and lost sleep over? Tuition costs? Retirement funds? Have you recovery program help 2009 Total Income $10,942,000* worried about where you will sleep at night? Or what you dozens of people each year will eat in the morning? break the stranglehold of Auto/Retail & addiction so they can devel- Other Revenue The homeless of Grand Rapids have. op new relationships with $1,664,000 This has been a challenging year, in many respects, God, their family members for Mel Trotter Ministries and its com- and society. munity. During tough economic times, our needs have grown like all other Gifts in Kind Feeding the Hungry Donations ministries, but, through your support, we have remained resolute in our mission: More than 11% of Kent County residents do not $4,254,000 to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus consistently have enough to eat. We take this Christ toward the hungry, homeless and problem very seriously. *From audited financial statement hurting of the Grand Rapids area. Each year, we serve more for period 7/1/08 through 6/30/09 Cash Donations Homelessness does not equate to helplessness or than 225,000 meals at (copy available upon request) $5,024,000 hopelessness. Not at Mel Trotter Ministries. our Mission and distribute more than a million pounds Where does your support go? Over the past year, we were able to provide more of food to others in need in than 86,000 nights of safe shelter to people within our Development a frugal, systematic way. community; we served more than 226,000 meals; and we 19% witnessed more than 890 individuals commit their lives Helping families in need to Christ. Mel Trotter reaches far into the community to Administration That is something to be hopeful about. provide help for our neediest neighbors by 5% I have been humbled by your ongoing generosity, and meeting their basic needs—food, clothing, and by your continuous support, both financially and spiritually, personal items. We also of Mel Trotter’s programs and initiatives. Homelessness meet complex needs such Program within Kent County has increased 33 percent over the last as providing legal advice 76% year, so the need in our community is great. In this annual through our Christian report, you will learn about our programs and services, Legal Aid Clinic, and and how we are seeking to address this need. You will financial help through also learn about the opportunities we provide to residents Budgeting 101. Who supports Mel Trotter Ministries? battling addictions and families facing extreme poverty. Transforming Lives Churches, Thank you. May God bless you for caring. Used vehicles donated to Mel Trotter Ministries Foundations, other Together in Christ, aren’t just sold. We first use them to train our 1.2% resident men in the skills of auto repair. Funds raised Businesses through our auto donation 2.2% program also help support the ongoing mission of Mel Rev. Chico Daniels Trotter and those we serve. Individuals President & CEO 96.6% Total number of donors to Mel Trotter Ministries last year was 29,775.