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Christopher Smit and Jill Vyn, Co-Founders and Directors of DisArt

Rapid Blog: A DisArt Response to the “Second-best city for people with disabilities”

Grand Rapids was recently named the "second-best city for people with disabilities" by Wallet Hub. While a positive designation, what does it mean? And what can we, as a city, do to better address accessibility and inclusivity for people with disabilities, ie., The Participation Gap?

Tommy Allen

G-Sync: Listening and the city

"As I look on to the time ahead with Rapid Growth but also as a citizen of this city, I pledge to be a better listener, since it is clear that now is the time to engage in dialogue, not retreat in silence." - Publisher Tommy Allen.

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Turning the tide: Red Project fights HIV, overdose, and stigma amid national health crisis

Today, the Red Project offers direct service in six western Michigan counties (Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Muskegon, Lake, Mason and Oceana) as well as technical assistance statewide. The organization employs 18 full-time staff and is supported by a growing network of volunteers. Many are former clients themselves.

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Red Project Ride Along VIDEO

Ride along with the Grand Rapids Red Project to learn more about the staff and volunteers working to provide aid for drug users and work toward overdose prevention in our community.

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G-Sync: Words, like “I’m sorry,” still matter in this modern world

In Grand Rapids, a group of mothers whose unarmed sons were stopped at gunpoint by police are seeking an apology, and it is Rapid Growth Publisher Tommy Allen's hope that they get it. Here, Allen explains why he believes an "I'm sorry" is not only possible, but necessary.
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