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Mary Brown

Rapid Blog: Mary Brown looks from the future's edge, reimagining work and community

Futurist Mary Brown discusses technology's role in our evolving communities, exploring the need for equity in health, transportation, the environment, and more.

Jim Thompson teaches Jason Lee how to construct a bunk bed in Thompson’s barn.

Nonprofit's local chapter ensures no child sleeps on the floor

With 115 chapters in 39 states, the nonprofit Sleep in Heavenly Peace rallies volunteers to hand-make bunk beds for children ages three to 17 who have no bed of their own.

Ottawa Hills

Neighborhoods of GR: Charm and determination make history in Ottawa Hills

The story of Ottawa Hills is about families coming together and golf courses splitting apart. It’s about longtime residents and new neighbors. It’s about community resources, and walks. A lot of walks.


A young patient at Holy Family Healthcare.

These innovative solutions are addressing the unique health challenges of rural Michigan living

Many rural Michiganders face health disparities, but multiple organizations are creating new ways of structuring rural hospitals and clinics and reaching out to rural patients.

Fresh Beets

Produce with a purpose: Local CSAs target low-access communities and empower youth

The impact of CSAs can be seen at the national level, and Grand Rapids is no stranger to impact of these community endeavors. Local CSAs like Fresh Beets and New City Farms are being intentional when determining where to break ground and what communities to serve.

FThaunted

A history of hauntings in Grand Rapids

History is said to repeat itself — but in some places, history never dies. In celebration of Halloween, Rapid Growth explores a few of Grand Rapids' most notorious haunted properties.

FT Marcona

Midtown food corridor expands with Marcona On Lyon's healthy Mediterranean offerings

Kameel Chamelly’s small empire at the corner of Lyon and Union in Midtown has expanded yet again, this time to welcome the new farm-to-table style, Mediterranean-inspired bistro, Marcona on Lyon.

InLifeNowTravel

G-Sync: In Life Now husband and wife team once again expand their brand

Bryan and Toresa Blakely of In Life Now Travel are setting a refreshing local standard about how area entrepreneurs in love are able to support each other as they navigate the relaunch of their business.

Skot Welch

RapidChat: Skot Welch on helping our youth solve problems through story telling

Founded in 2012 by Skot Welch, The Mosaic Film Experience is a workforce initiative working to prepare our youth to be better problem solvers. "We started Mosaic Mobile because not all schools have access to film equipment. Kids practically live on their phones, and we want to show them the opportunities they have on that particular device," explains Welch.

Ypsilanti Mobile Farm Stand patron Robert Henderson.

Fresh food is a luxury, but these programs are making it more accessible to all

Through mobile farm stands, education programs, and creating a "food sovereign city," organizations in communities across Michigan are helping to close the gap when it comes to what we eat.

Sovengard

GR Restaurants are growing, but where are they going? Trends and the future of the local food scene

In a growing economy in a mid-sized city like Grand Rapids, what sustains the restaurant scene? A few popular restaurateurs discuss trends in the industry, and their hopes and trepidations for the future.

Plastics Recycling

UIX: Grand Rapids has a plastic problem, and here's who's helping fix it

Plastic waste is a growing problem, in Grand Rapids, in West Michigan, in the United States, and the rest of the world. Here are the individuals and businesses that are working to use and reuse plastic more sustainably.

Mental Health

Growing up with mental illness: How wraparound services offer parents options and support

People living with mental illness face stigma on a daily basis. When children develop a mental illness, parents face this stigma right along with them. Here's how parents and local caregivers work to treat and support these children in this Special Report from Michigan Nightlight.

middlemarket

Catch up with GR housing: A booming market, affordable housing, the "missing middle" and more

Over the past year, writer Marjorie Steele has tackled a few of the pressing issues in housing in Grand Rapids. Check out what you've missed.

Dr. Maureen Connolly.

Michigan's homeless face major barriers to healthcare: Here's how care providers are trying to help

Many healthcare organizations across Michigan are finding creative ways to provide accessible healthcare to Michigan's most vulnerable residents, the homeless.
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