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To reflect the love of Christ to all who come through our doors by building relationships and offering programs that foster dignity and respect.
Dégagé Ministries has operated in the Heartside neighborhood in Grand Rapids since 1967. Originally conceived as a coffeehouse by Calvin College students, the organization has grown into a well-known local nonprofit that serves between 400 and 500 individuals on a daily basis. Services offered include a kitchen and food pantry; a drop-in women's shelter open at all hours of the night; assistance with obtaining housing and legal identification documents; hygiene services; and the opportunity to rent a locker and to receive mail at the facility, among others. Dégagé focuses on empowering its patrons by charging a small price for its services, which patrons may have waived by earning credits through work opportunities around the building. Volunteers are offered a wide variety of opportunities to interact with patrons and help the run the facility's programs.