“Sharing a Thanksgiving meal with our Heartside neighbors is something we look forward to each year.”
For Immediate Release
Contact: Starla McDermott
Guiding Light, 616.451.0236, ext. 20
Mary Ann Sabo
Sabo PR, 616.485.1432
Grand Rapids, Michigan, November 14, 2017 – Through the support of Grand Rapids community donors and sponsors, Guiding Light plans to feed more than 300 community members with its annual Thanksgiving meal.
The free meal will take place on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Guiding Light, 255 Division Ave. S from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Attendees will be served a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, vegetables, rolls, salad and an assortment of pies. Grand Valley State University freshman Autumn Babas will play her violin during the event. Each year, the event is made possible by more than 100 volunteers – and the generosity of donors.
“Sharing a Thanksgiving meal with our Heartside neighbors is something we look forward to every year,” said Stuart Ray, executive director. “We’re thankful for our generous donors who give their time, talents and resources to not only make this meal possible, but are key in empowering meaningful, lasting change in lives of the men we serve.”
Men struggling with addiction or who have lost their job and home can find help at Guiding Light. The Grand Rapid’s-based organization offers recovery and back to work programs, as well as free meals and a safe place to stay. Last year alone, Guiding light created a $13.5 million economic impact through job placements, served more than 187,000 meals and provided 20,000 nights of shelter.
“Every donation counts at Guiding Light,” said Starla McDermott, development director. “Recovery doesn’t take a holiday, which means your donation works holidays. The support Guiding Light receives can make all the difference for those struggling to get back on their feet.”
Founded in 1929 as the West Fulton St. Mission, Guiding Light has grown into a robust recovery and re-engagement community designed to help those living at society’s margins fulfill their God-given potential. Through its Back to Work, Recovery and Iron House programs, Guiding Light works with men struggling with addiction and homelessness to return to society.
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