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Child refugees work on language with volunteers at the WM Refugee Education and Cultural Center.

Members of Korean Grace Christian Reformed Church pray during Sunday service.

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The data driving Grand Rapids: How the city's 311 program is reshaping where we live

As the leaders behind Grand Rapids' 311 system change and adapt the way we report everything from potholes to questions about voter registration, the data coming from the nationally recognized program is vastly improving the way residents interact with their government.

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'How much more can this person take?' Residents & community groups fight for access to everyday life

Many residents in the city of Grand Rapids are not afforded the opportunity to meet basic needs, such as housing and employment, without first diving deep into bureaucratic roadblocks created to benefit only those in power and with privilege. In the community of Burton Heights, citizens are having to go above and beyond to meet these needs, only to find themselves requiring further advocacy from local organizations and leaders. 

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Rising from the ashes: Nonprofit café sets sights on rebuilding after devastating fire

Following a November fire that completely destroyed the future site of Rising Grinds Café, the Madison Square community is rallying behind the coffee shop that was set to open in May. The leaders backing the café are vowing to rebuild the space that aims to empower community youth, and others from the area, with jobs and training.

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RapidChat: Raul Alvarez on advocating for an equitable GR, 'coffee just because' & more

For Raul Alvarez, life and work are all about taking the time to form relationships. His "coffee, just because" groups in Grand Rapids have gathered people together under the umbrella of individuals actually getting to spend time with one another, resulting in not only strong friendships but also many community projects. With years of PR and marketing experience under his belt, this chief communicator, storyteller and synergist is changing the way our city interacts with his own GTSD Group.

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Inside the Michigan farms that will harvest 3 million Christmas trees this year

As Michiganders flock to the hundreds of Christmas tree farms across the state, Michigan's agritourism economy sees healthy growth.

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