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RapidChat: Amy Acton on being a burn survivor, the importance of peer support, and more

At the age of 18, Amy Acton suffered from an electrical burn. She reveals that "I often found myself wondering why this happened, why I survived and the other person didn’t, and how I could help prevent something like this from ever happening again." Now, serving as Executive Director of Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Amy uses her experience as inspiration — highlighting the importance of peer support in every burn survivor's recovery process.

North Monroe

Neighborhoods of GR: Making Monroe North a riverside destination

Capitalization on the River, a continued focus on encouraging mixed-use developments, and promoting urban densities. These are the key elements attracting visitors, residents, and businesses to the Monroe North neighborhood.

Plants

Back to Eden Part Two: Native plant advocates work to return Grand Rapids to its food forest roots

Last week, we explored how local advocates are working to conserve native plants. This week, check out how powerful partnerships and education are helping make this happen.

Swift

UIX: Sustainable printing in Grand Rapids goes back decades before B Corps were cool

Printers hold a responsibility to their clients, the community, and the environment. As a B Corporation, Swift Printing takes that one step further, putting people and planet over profits. Meanwhile, Crop Marks pushes for environmental sustainability in everything it produces, which is quite a lot.

 Tika Barnes

Program helps adult workers achieve living wage jobs and family stability

WMCAT, Mercy Health, and The SOURCE are partnering in WMCAT’s Workforce Development program to launch adults into careers that provide a living wage, opportunity for advancement, and the means to create a stable family environment.

native plants

Back to Eden: Native plant advocates work to return Grand Rapids to its food forest roots

What did the landscape of Grand Rapids look like before the city existed? Local native plant advocates are working to answer this question through their conservation efforts.

Members of the Refugee Development Center's support group for refugee girls in Lansing.

How can we address Michigan students' desperate need for behavioral health services?

One in five children is affected by mental illness, but getting students access to the mental health resources they need is a challenge.

Becky Puckett-Wood

RapidChat: Becky Puckett-Wood on Inforum and the #MeToo Movement

This year, #MeToo founder, Tarana Burke, has been invited to speak at the annual Inforum Capstone dinner. For women and men alike, "Hearing Ms. Burke’s words with a group will be powerful and the table conversations will provide new perspectives," expresses VP of Corporate & Member Engagement at Inforum, Becky Puckett-Wood.  

Rende

Here's how one new local lender aims to eliminate the racial wealth gap in Grand Rapids

As a local emerging community development financial institution (CDFI), Rende Progress Capital is the only racial equity-focused CDFI to provide loans, investments, and business technical assistance services to excluded entrepreneurs like Asian Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, and immigrants.

Bruce Retterath demonstrates use of a telepsychiatry system.

How telemedicine brings healthcare into vulnerable patients' homes

Programs that allow patients to confer with medical staff via phone or videoconferencing have the potential to create more equitable access to health care, but they're underutilized for a variety of reasons.

Refugee

G-Sync: Refugee Education Center advances new Americans through solutions-based programs

For this month's conversation piece, we sit down with the Refugee Education Center's Executive Director Susan Kragt to garner a bit of insight into our region's vast and robust refugee population and how they are assisting in building meaningful solutions that enhance and grow our community for the better.

water

UIX: If you live in West Michigan, these are the people keeping your most valuable resource alive

The river is crossed by hundreds of thousands of people every day, on their way to work, school, and just passing through town. Likely few of them are fighting for control of it, but then again, they may not realize its significance. Here are the stories of those who do.

Melvin Thomas

Winning the right to be heard: Melvin Thomas poised to engage youth in urban classrooms

Davenport University’s Master of Urban Education trains teachers on the specific needs of the urban classroom. After eight years of counseling students, Melvin Thomas will attend the program to learn how to mentor youth in more profound ways.

house

The 10 most interesting homes in Grand Rapids

For hundreds of years, Grand Rapids creators have built and maintained unique properties; whether home to influential people or a marvel of design themselves, these are 10 of the most interesting homes in Grand Rapids.

Rapid Chat

RapidChat: Patty McCormick on providing a home away from home at the RMHWM

As the medical and mental health facilities in Grand Rapids grow in reputation and in specialties offered, so does the need for lodging of patients and their families. "These families are facing unimaginable stress and it's our mission to provide them a “home-away-from-home” at no cost," stresses Patty McCormick, Development Director of Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan.  
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