Mel Trotter Ministries brings collaborative medical services to Grand Rapids

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Courtesy Mel Trotter Ministries

A local nonprofit finished a new renovation that will expand dental, vision, chiropractic and mental health care to people without homes. 

Mel Trotter Ministries (MTM), a West Michigan nonprofit serving the homeless population of Grand Rapids, completed a renovation of its headquarters at 225 Commerce Ave. SW in Grand Rapids.

Expanded services include the Community Partners Medical Clinic, the New Hope Sobering Center, mental health services, and dental, vision and chiropractic care. 

The Community Partners Medical Clinic will be a collaborative effort with health care providers across West Michigan and will involve volunteers from BHSH System, Trinity Health St. Mary’s, University of Michigan Health-West, Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University.

The clinic is scheduled to open June 15.

“I’m extremely grateful to have this unique collaboration between the health care providers and universities,” said Dr. Dale McNinch, who serves in a volunteer capacity as Mel Trotter  Ministries’ medical director. “We were able to make this space happen because of their  contributions and their open-minded approach to provide the best care to our guests.”  

The expansion, funded by a $400,000 grant from local mental health group Network180, tripled the clinic’s offerings. The grant helped MTM add recovery coaches and two private medical exam rooms and a private chiropractic room. Expansions to the sobering center include private detox and counseling rooms, private rooms for women and space for six to eight beds. A medical lab, vision lab and dental office also are available. 

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

“This is Dr. McNinch’s vision coming to life. With this renovation we’ve been able to triple the space of the clinic and add additional services to better serve the guests at Mel Trotter.” 

Architecture for the renovation was provided by Richard Craig of Craig Architects Inc. Craig redesigned the shelter’s existing space to make room for the new configuration needed for the additional services. 

This project is part of MTM’s $14.9 million capital campaign, which kicked off in 2021 with the goal of renovating the entire shelter and expanding its service capabilities within the homeless community. Remaining renovations of the campaign are expected to be completed in fall 2022.  

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