We see the data of programming as tangible performance indicators of the bigger work that is not so easy to quantify: the healing of a heart, the connecting of souls, the transformation of mind and body, the strengthening of the collective whole.
To better understand the impact of your charitable giving, be sure to visit our stories and videos to hear directly from clients themselves.
Learn more about our Platinum GuideStar status, our financial accountability, and our ECFA accreditation here.
Impact By The Numbers
Of men reach at least a year of sobriety if they move to Iron House
Iron House is the final piece of the full Guiding Light prescription, and is a sober-living community of renovated 2-bedroom apartments. As part of Guiding Light’s values, we are committed to clean, well-maintained environments at all our apartment complexes. These apartments are quality, affordable housing, made possible by investors like you.
At Iron House, clients are working full-time, paying rent, participating in support groups, community meetings, and helping out with yard work. Guiding Light offers something unique: we will walk alongside individuals for as long as they will let us. And what is the result of that? Long-term transformation. It results in responsible employees, active savers, loving fathers, invested community members, restored sons and brothers. Men who want to get out of bed each day and be part of where God has placed them.
Guiding Light is invested in being a good neighbor in Heartside. We do not want to duplicate the services of other local charities and we also want to make sure our neighbors who are having a hard time can access the resources they need.
We serve hot, nutritious meals 3 times a day, 7 days a week, for all the clients under our roof, and host full holidays meals for the Heartside community on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. We are able to give food and food supplies to other Heartside ministries to meet their needs in their life-giving operations. We hand out winter clothes to community members during the cold months, and offer a warming (or cooling) center when temperatures become extreme.
Guiding Light’s four-month residential experience creates a dynamic culture of community, peer support, and accountability to help men “wake up” to a new way of life. After men’s basic needs are taken care of — including clothing, shoes, hygiene products, hair cuts, and physicals — programming starts digging deeper into transforming mind, body, heart, and soul.
The Chapel in our building at 255 Division Avenue is filled with the commitment statements and pictures of men that have come through Guiding Light Recovery over the years. Seeing the success of all the men that have come before them gives clients a glimmer of hope that it is possible to live a new way of life in sobriety and recovery.
We rely 100% on individual and organization donations to fund this program—we do not solicit or accept funds from the government.
Your charitable giving allows us to be innovative and spiritually focused, which means we are able to take a stand for the client’s future and not just their temporary relief. Successful, long-term treatment is out of reach for most people struggling with substance use disorder due to the extreme costs. Because of this community’s generosity, effective treatment can be offered where the only cost to the client is their commitment to change.
Guiding Light is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Platinum status by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on U.S. nonprofits. The Platinum designation is the highest level bestowed by GuideStar, an honor shared by fewer than a dozen of the more than 2,500 nonprofits GuideStar tracks in the greater Grand Rapids area. The Platinum rating – instituted in the spring of 2016 – is GuideStar’s “highest level of recognition and an opportunity for nonprofits to share their progress in a meaningful way,” according to the organization’s website.
Each Guiding Light staff and Board member recognizes the responsibility of being faithful stewards of your money and these men’s lives.
Our finances are always an open book, and you’re welcome to review our 990s and audits online at GuidingLightWorks.org. Our financials are audited each year to ensure the highest standards of accountability.
We are a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) which provides accreditation to leading Christian non-profits that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, transparency, fundraising, and board governance.
Your support does Kingdom work, and the movement from despair and isolation to hope and community for the men participating in Guiding Light programming is a beautiful return on investment. We are so grateful that you have chosen to be a part of this. From all of us at Guiding Light, thank you, and God bless.
THIS MEANS THAT ANYONE WHO BELONGS TO CHRIST HAS BECOME A NEW PERSON. THE OLD LIFE IS GONE; A NEW LIFE HAS BEGUN!
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17
From Darkness to Light, see the transformations here: