Guiding Light Mission

Grand Rapids, MI

Founded: 1929

Tel: (616) 451-0236


Top LeaderMr. Brian Elve

Donor Contact: Mr. Brian Spyke

Member Since: November 21, 2003

Financial Data

   Cash Donations $3,700,360
   Noncash Donations $813,303
   Other Revenue $1,659,844
   Total Revenue $6,173,507
   Total Expenses $5,351,133
Excess (or Deficit)
   for the Year
Other $0
Total Change
   in Net Assets
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Total Assets $5,495,648
Total Liabilities $63,457
Net Assets $5,432,191
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Guiding Light walks alongside individuals to fulfill their God-given dignity and potential through rescue, recovery and re-engagement in community. Rescue - Each day Guiding Light provides safe and secure living arrangements for men who seek a way to self-sufficiency and dignity. This journey to self-sustainability, financial stability, and community contribution begins with the assistance of our Back-to-work and Recovery programs. While at Guiding Light, men are provided all the basic necessities, including a warm, clean, sober living environment, Christian fellowship, balanced meals, toiletries, laundry, work equipment, use of computers and internet, and accountability through the caring arms of the Guiding Light staff and volunteers. Recovery - Men in the Back-to-Work and Recovery programs are all in various stages of recovery; from homelessness, addiction, unemployment, extensive debt, bad credit, and spiritual struggles. This recovery is supported by intensive case management

The Guiding Light Back to Work Program helps homeless or unemployed men become re-engaged in the job market through job coaching, resume creation, access to a computer lab and phones. Our program allows thirty days to find a job, but most find work within one week. The men stay at Guiding Light free of charge and save their pay for post-program housing. In the first three and a half years of this program, we have helped over 600 men re-engage with community to find employment.
The Guiding Light Recovery Program is tough but compassionate. The program is approximately six to seven months total, with active employment beginning in month 5. Afterwards, the men can apply to Iron House, our transitional housing facility in Kentwood, Michigan, At Iron House, up to twenty-four men can live in a safe environment as they participate in weekly fellowship and accountability with each other.
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