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2023 in Review

The journey from darkness to light is long, made up of many steps – each of them a miracle.

With grace and time, these miracles begin to add up. And every day at Guiding Light, we get to witness the result: a movement from despair to hope. From death to life.

This is what we have seen over the past year as we delivered on the promise of recovery reimagined.

As you can see in the report below, we have invested in the excellence of existing programs to help more people find hope for a future they could never have imagined – sober, employed, restored to God and family.

In our longstanding men’s programs, we saw the milestone of a year of sobriety at roughly double the national average. We expanded our success to serve women. And we put our commitment into action as good neighbors providing service to our community.

Nearly 2 years ago, I took on the role of executive director of Guiding Light because I know what this place means for the lives of the men and women we serve. I have experienced it. The program is sound, it is dynamic, and it is my honor to steward it.

I invite you to do the same. Reinvest in the lives we serve. Reimagine the miracles that are possible.


Meals provided by our food ministry last year. Thanks to the bounty provided by donors, our clients discover the joy of service in helping to feed our hungry neighbors.


The percentage of men who reached at least a full year of abstinence-based sobriety after completing the Guiding Light recovery program and moving to Iron House. This is roughly 3x the national average.


The number of sober living homes we opened for women in Grand Rapids last year. Both have been at full capacity.


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