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Guiding Light Mission

Ministry Description
Guiding Light’s mission is to walk alongside individuals as they engage in the hard work of transformation, embrace their God-given dignity, and pursue the potential of their lives. We combine innovative programming with long-term relational investment to offer individuals struggling with chronic addiction, and associated homelessness, unemployability, and isolation, a unique and successful solution. It is only through investment in a relationship with God, community, and personal growth that individuals see long-term change (recovery) in their struggles with addiction. We offer long-term residential programming for men, along with long-term transitional sober housing. We offer long-term transitional sober housing for women, and will begin women’s residential addiction treatment this year. We also operate a food ministry to serve and supplement the food and food supply needs of our neighboring emergency-service organizations. Our vision is to awaken men and women with addictions to the possibility of becoming physically, emotionally, and spiritually transformed. Our goal for men and women is lifelong recovery and a new way of being in relationship with the world.
Ministry Details
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Founded: 1929
Tel: (616) 451-0236
Top Leader: Mr. Brian Elve
Donor Contact: Mr. Brian Spyke
Member Since: November 21, 2003
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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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  • Rescue Missions and Homeless (primary)
  • Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation
  • Men's Ministry
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