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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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Can Grand Rapids end homelessness?: Part 2, Not all who wander are homeless

According to both clients and business owners, many of the individuals who congregate and use services in Heartside aren’t homeless at all. Part 2 of the homelessness series explores the stigma around the transient residents of the neighborhood and the complex issues they face.

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Rapid Blog: HQ and Atomic Object band together to fight youth homelessness

When it comes to youth homelessness, the fight can seem endless. But when community members band together, transformational change can begin. In this Rapid Blog, HQ and Atomic Object break down their unique partnership and their hopes for the future.

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Can Grand Rapids end homelessness?: Best practices and local challenges to a nationwide issue

Everyone has a different stake in “solving” the issue of homelessness in Grand Rapids. But does anyone have an accurate picture of the issue—and who we’re actually talking about when we refer to Grand Rapids’ “homeless” population? In the first of a three-part series, RG dives into homelessness in our community, exploring the complexities, discussing best practices, and defining the housing first model.

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UIX: Preventative medicine begins with access to exercise in Grand Rapids

Access to adequate nutrition, shelter and education are basic rights of those living in West Michigan, and access to physical fitness is no different. More so now than ever before, individuals of differing ability and resources are able to access opportunities for physical fitness.
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