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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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Little Mussel, Big City: Area high school students, river restoration, and a sustainable future

In this Rapid Blog, local teacher David Koning explores Grand Rapids WhiteWater’s Little Mussel, Big City: Summer Science and Leadership program that connects high schoolers with the Grand River.

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What's next for Mt. Pleasant? Stay connected with IMG's newest pub, 'Epicenter'

There are plenty of great things happening in Mt. Pleasant and its neighboring communities. We think it’s time people heard more about them.

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One million Michiganders have little or no dental care access. Here's how we can change that.

A variety of organizations across the state are working to connect people  to oral care they otherwise might never get, and they're innovating to continue improving oral health access in the future.

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The Rapid 25 years on: Looking back on the transit's evolution as instrumental CEO retires

In the past 25 years, the Rapid has transformed to a "1950s-style transit system" that didn't run on Sundays, to a tech-forward, sustainable, and reliable public transportation network vital to the community.

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Prescriptions for nutrition: How culinary medicine is advancing health equity in Michigan

For many people, it's not always easy to find and buy fresh food. Culinary medicine initiatives aim to address that by increasing access to healthy food and building awareness of the importance of nutrition.

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Resurrecting history: Angela Yondo unearths grave markers at cemetery housing Grand Rapids pioneers

For nearly 20 years, Angela Yondo has unearthed neglected headstones in St. Andrew's Cemetery, rediscovering history and reconnecting the community to its roots.

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RapidChat: Trevor Straub on mimosas, delicious food, and drag queens

Trevor Straub and the GR Drag Brunch crew are putting a new spin on what Sunday Funday looks like around town.

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Are you the "missing middle?" Local developers get creative in housing's most neglected sector

As housing costs rise, the dreaded "missing middle" sector dries up. See what several West Michigan developers and individuals are doing to house this bracket.

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Urban Innovation Exchange: The sustainable projects transforming our communities

In the Urban Innovation Exchange series, Editor Matthew Russell highlights the people and projects transforming West Michigan through sustainable efforts. From education to city building to recycling, these are the leaders making change in our communities.

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Here's what you've missed in Neighborhoods of GR

Over the past year, Rapid Growth has just scratched the surface of the many unique places and spaces in Grand Rapids. From Alger Heights to Fulton Heights, from Creston to Midtown, here's what you may have missed in the Neighborhoods of GR series.

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Can't hold me back: Women of Color entrepreneurs break boundaries in West Michigan

Across the country, female entrepreneurship is on the rise, and we sat down with three fearless females in West Michigan who are plugging away at their own unique businesses, despite the challenges, and celebrating a craft undefined by their gender or race.

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G-Sync: Getting to the heart of community takes conversations

Getting to the heart of community takes dialogue. Rapid Growth's Publisher Tommy Allen's first seven interviews of the year are shared here along with thoughts on why localism still matters ... maybe more than ever.

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RapidChat: Rob Hanks on GR's cocktail culture and the almighty Negroni

While most evenings you can find his smiling face behind the bar at Reserve Wine and Food, the current serving President of GR's Bartender's Guild, Rob Hanks, aims to elevate Grand Rapids' drinking establishments...one Negroni at a time.  

Lee Township resident Judy Wirtz confers with community health worker Jerry Burton.

How community health workers bridge the gap between at-risk communities and healthcare providers

Distrust, misunderstanding, and disconnection often exist between at-risk communities and the healthcare system. Community health workers use deep knowledge of their communities to mitigate those issues.
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