INNOVATIVE RECOVERY

Guiding Light’s four-month residential experience creates a dynamic culture of community, peer support, and accountability.

This long-term rehab provides a structured environment and includes evidence-based practices, life-coaching, spiritual direction, therapy, support groups, psycho-social education, and exercise to help men “wake up” to a new way of life. We strongly encourage men that come into our program to think of themselves as taking part in a long-term commitment to their sobriety and an entirely different way of being.

This is recovery re- imagined. And it starts with something as simple as a commitment to make their bed each morning.

DIGNIFIED, ACCOUNTABLE, SOBER LIVING

After completing programming at Guiding Light’s downtown facility, recovery clients are able to move to Iron House. Iron House is a community of renovated 2-bedroom apartments in Kentwood. Iron House residents are working full-time, paying rent, participating in support groups, community meetings, and helping out with yard work and property maintenance. On average, men live at Iron House for a little over a year (a current average of 377.4 days to be exact) and many stay for 2-3 years.

OPPORTUNITY. HARD WORK. SUCCESS.

The Job Post is a social enterprise of Guiding Light, existing to serve men and women in their quest for consistent work and new job opportunities.
The Job Post’s goal is to quickly connect local employers with qualified, eager, pre-screened candidates so that everyone wins. We do the hard work of breaking down the barriers that prevent someone from getting a job.

Check out available jobs and learn more about who The Job Post is!

FOOD. HOSPITALITY. SUPPORT GROUPS.

Guiding Light ensures that the generosity donors provide us gets passed on in every way possible to the Heartside neighborhood and those in need.

We hand out winter clothes to community members during the cold months and offer a warming (or cooling) center when temperatures become extreme. Holiday meals and music events are offered to our Heartside neighbors, as well as a monthly brunch. 2-3 times each week, Guiding Light opens it doors for support group meetings (such as Alcoholics Anonymous). These are well-attended groups, and all are welcome!

SERVICE. OUTREACH. ENGAGEMENT.

A point of distinction around our recovery program is the emphasis we place on SERVICE.

While the men in programming are able to receive top-notch resources and opportunities at no cost to them, they invested in being good citizens of our collective community. Neighborhood clean-up, community gardening, or basic grunt work, our guys show up ready and willing to give back!

Part of healing and becoming whole again, is the process of learning to give back.

Looking back on this gift of time, space, and rigorous programming from our amazing donors, one client reflects,

“It’s been very humbling to realize people can be that generous. I don’t feel there’s any way I can repay them for what I’ve been given. I had nothing, and now I have everything.”

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Strategic Plan

Guiding Light’s Board of Directors and staff present our 2022-2025 strategic plan which continues our focus on the proven Christian-based recovery program and the possible expansion into a woman’s program (which is desperately needed here in West Michigan).

We of course continue our support of the Heartside and Grand Rapids community through sharing our food and helping get folks back to work through our Job Post employment enterprise. We emphasize program review for excellence, and a renewed effort toward our guiding principles, including a focus on diversity and inclusion.