Project Name: Dégagé Ministries
144 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Beginning as a coffee house ministry to college students in 1967, Dégagé Ministries has evolved into a shelter and service provider to those experiencing homelessness in Grand Rapids. Since 1987, they have been in the downtown Grand Rapids Heartside neighborhood and have grown to serve 400 to 500 individuals daily. Dégagé provides overnight shelter and hygiene services, like private showers, to homeless women and children and serves hot meals to all in need in its downtown facility. They also provide assistance with obtaining identification documents, job and life-skill training, and work experience at an on-site bakery and coffee shop. Dégagé is an ecumenical Christian organization supported by many religious denominations, however it does not require its patrons to participate in religious programs.