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Covenant House

Nonprofit works to stem trafficking of homeless youth with stable residency program

With its new $3.5 million Grand Rapids location, nonprofit Covenant House will provide “no barrier” access to education, healthcare, transportation, employment, and safe permanent housing for area youth.

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Connecting customers with local farm fresh food is the job of the Michigan food hub

In Michigan, food hubs increase consumer access to fresh produce, and help farmers build a sustainable business model. While they all have similar goals, no two food hubs are alike. We found out why.


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Is it jobs or the lakeshore driving professionals to GR? Recent relocatees share their stories

With low unemployment and an increasing number of jobs, Grand Rapids has a lot to offer relocating professionals. RG explores why professionals from across the country are making the move.

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UIX: Finding work in West Michigan with new tools and guidance

New technology offered by private and non-profit organizations in West Michigan is guiding job seekers to their career goals, helping returning citizens get back into the workforce, and even helping new Americans thrive in their communities.

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Neighborhoods of GR: John Ball Park in photos

The John Ball Park neighborhood is one of the more unusual neighborhoods in GR because almost half is comprised of green spaces. Explore the neighborhood in this photo essay by Adam Bird.

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RapidChat: Wendy Sellers discusses the upcoming federal budget's effect on sex education

Should the proposed federal budget pass this month, the Michigan Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), which helps reduce at risk behaviors that result without sex education, wouldn't receive any additional funding. Rapid Chat sits down with Sellers, President of Health 4 Hire, to discuss this vital issue.

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Mobile markets deliver healthy food and build community

By rethinking typical ways of accessing food, communities are bridging the gap between the farm and the plate. Learn how mobile markets can positively impact health while building connections between neighbors.

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Rapid Blog: Jenn Fillenworth interviews 4 women chefs working to bridge the gender gap in local food

Jenn Fillenworth, MS, RD, is a chef and registered dietitian with a passion for sustainable food systems and culinary medicine. In her Rapid Blog, Fillenworth interviews four local female chefs working to bridge the gender gap in West Michigan restaurants.

William Butler is prepared to get his blood drawn at HUDA by his nurse, Val Gamble. Butler has been coming to HUDA for his health care needs since he lost his health insurance four years ago.

How once-vacant sites are becoming hubs for health equity in Michigan

Marginalized Michigan residents are finding health services in easily accessible neighborhood locations, and formerly defunct buildings are becoming bright spots on their blocks.

Good parenting requires self care.

Self-care is key for parents coping with mental illness

Parenting can bring the best of times and the worst of times. Self-care can be the key to parenting success, especially for parents experiencing mental health issues.

Good Food

Food access surveys inform next steps in Battle Creek and across Michigan

Food access data gathered in three Michigan urban communities will help local food organizations increase fresh food availability through innovation.

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RapidChat: Bridgett Tubbs on quality child care and early education

Twenty years ago, Bridgett Tubbs and her late husband Doug opened up their first AppleTree child care center in Grand Rapids, MI. With the vision to set themselves apart and raise the bar for quality childcare and early education, AppleTree has been able to spread their apple seeds across Michigan with 26 total locations, and several others in the works.

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What we've been eating in Grand Rapids: A year of the local food scene

With the opening of new restaurants, food trucks, and exciting new culinary ventures, 2018 has been quite a year of food for Grand Rapids. Check out our coverage of the local food scene this past year.

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G-Sync: Co-Housing is Personal and Community-Building

Rapid Growth's former editor, Anna Gustafson, reported on this local matter with her piece, "The search for affordable housing in Grand Rapids: How housing co-ops are making a difference" in 2016. This month, publisher Tommy Allen sits down with a community member who has been living in one of the city's longest-running co-housing residences for nearly 18 years.

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Michigan fruits and vegetables feed and educate kids

A growing number of Michigan kids are eating healthier, local food at school through a statewide program called 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms. We look at how it works in Battle Creek and beyond.
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