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RG Cone Apetite

Fighting to end human trafficking, one scoop at a time

With flavors like Almond ‘Bout that Base' and Join the MoveMINT, Cone Appétit couples a joyful treat with a mission to end human trafficking.

Matthew Clayson

Game over: Enough excuses from Detroit to Grand Rapids

This Rapid Blog comes to us from Matt Clayson, who leads, launches, and scales outcome driven organizations and initiatives. Clayson explores bottom-up solutions for communities across the state, including coming together to solve common problems.

heartside

Can Grand Rapids end homelessness?: Part 3, A destination city for homelessness

Because supply meets demand, GR has became a destination for homelessness. How can nonprofits and the community work together to provide the services and care that will redefine our city?

Jason

RapidChat: Jason Russell

After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, Jason Russell made the decision to pivot his career. With a daughter in elementary school and two other children in preschool, Jason leveraged his previous experience as a U.S. Secret Service agent to create Secure Education Consultants - School and Childcare Security Experts.

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The 24/7 Crusade: One woman's fight to end human trafficking in Grand Rapids

Leslie King spent 20 years being sexually trafficked here in Grand Rapids. But her story isn't over. Seeking to help other women escape lives of prostitution, King formed Sacred Beginnings, the city's first survivor-led 24-hour victim advocacy center.
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