Guiding Light Adapts to Meet the Growing Needs in Grand Rapids

Guiding Light has remained flexible throughout its many years in operation. We have continued to adapt and change in order to meet the needs of the individuals in the Grand Rapids community and to help these people overcome homelessness, joblessness, and addiction. Guiding Light is aware that change is constant. Therefore, we must be prepared […]

Meet Your 2017 New Board Members

“Is There Anyone Here Who Can Give Me A Tour?”

“I called Stuart and asked if I could preach at Guiding Light once a month and he said yes!”

Nancy spent 25 years working as an interior decorator, before she felt called to ministry and become a pastor. But two days after graduating from Western Theological Seminary…

Successful, All-American Guy & Overcoming Addiction

“I was flying through life, appearing successful on the outside, but drinking and taking 20-30 painkillers every day. That was my life for 10 years,” recalls Steve. He was working for a major furniture systems manufacturer/dealer in West Michigan, watching his salary climb higher and higher as a successful salesman and knowing inside that he […]

Healthy & Happy At Last

Robert, age 47, fought personal issues most of his adult life.  By his own admission, he lived an unhealthy life and was unable to maintain employment.  He felt like his life was spiraling out of control in a negative direction.  “I was talking to a friend and shared that I just wanted to be healthy […]

Saying Thank You Doesn’t Seem Like Enough

Chris has been in the Guiding Light’s Recovery program for nearly four months. He tried to detox on his own several times, but was unable to remain sober for long periods of time. While at a local detox center, Chris learned of the Recovery Program from a Guiding Light program staff. He came to Guiding Light soon after and […]

Safe and Secure at Guiding Light

Jonathan grew up in Holland and always had stable housing.  Last year, however, he was living with a friend, who was evicted from his apartment. This left Jonathan with nowhere to go. He called around, and talked to his pastor at church. His pastor recommended a few organizations, one of which was Guiding Light. Jonathan […]

A Quick Story of Living Differently

I wanted to share about the cool experience one of the men in our program had: He took a scary and willing step into what we call “living at cause, not at effect.” Here’s the situation: A son who had done mean, harmful things to his mother, and a mother who wanted nothing to do […]

Creating Culture

How can something you only sense, but not see or touch be so powerful? This is a mystery we’ve been trying to deconstruct here at Guiding Light Recovery. What is it made of? I’ve been thinking a lot about what goes into creating culture. How do we create a safe, hospitable space, a sense of […]