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Feature Story Casey Kornoelje

At Pharmhouse Wellness it’s all in the family (business) this Mother's Day

Stories of Michigan's cannabis dispensaries are often told via the info submitted to agencies from LARA to the MEDC, but at Pharmhouse Wellness, it's a family affair. 

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Pleasant Park: Living Up To Its Name By Bringing People Together

Members of the South Hill Neighborhood Association are instrumental for the redevelopment of a parking lot into what is now Pleasant Park, which, when opened, was the only park in the state of Michigan that has been funded through an assessment by citizens in the area and not a city millage.

Feature Story Grand Rapids Community College is offering two sessions of Bridges to College — Raider Ready this summer to help graduating high school seniors get ready for college.

GRCC offers free summer program to prepare high school graduates for college

Grand Rapids Community College is offering two sessions of Bridges to College — Raider Ready this summer to help graduating high school seniors get ready for college. The free program is open to 2020 high school graduates or 2021 graduating seniors who plan to attend college in the fall. 

Feature Story The late sport journalist Sekou Smith was honored as GRCC’s Distinguished Alumnus for this year.

GRCC honors late sports journalist as Distinguished Alumnus

Grand Rapids Community College’s recent commencement ceremonies included a tribute to Sekou Smith, a sports journalist and community leader who died in January of COVID-19. The speaker, mentor, and friend to NBA stars was honored as GRCC’s Distinguished Alumnus for this year.

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Special report: How COVID-19 changed Michigan's health care system for the better

Despite the tragedy, COVID-19 in Michigan is also a story of people rallying, innovating, protesting, and collaborating to meet needs for food, housing, medical care, education, and equity.

Feature Story Courtney Myers-Keaton

CERA program helps residents overcome pandemic hardships and stay in place

The COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program is making federal relief funds available to tenants missing rent payments, as well as their landlords, due to pandemic-borne economic hardships.

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Exploring the Kent District Library 2021-2023 Strategic Plan

The Kent District Library has released its 2021-2023 Strategic Plan, outlining their purpose, vision, future goals, and core values as a community resource. The 2021-2023 business goals focus on three pillars: equity, diversity and inclusion, engagement and service, and sustainability.

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Program created by U-M professor adopts Weight Watchers model for mental health support

The Mood Lifters program brings adults together in peer-facilitated classes where they learn science-based strategies for improving their mental health.

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Boston Square Community Bikes thrives through COVID-19

Boston Square Community Bikes offers a free DIY Bike workshop space alongside a low- to no-cost recycled bicycle shop. Funded by Oakdale Neighbors, the area community development organization, Boston Square Community Bikes has recognized the importance of bicycles as a vital means of transportation and has worked to foster the knowledge customers need to do important bicycle maintenance jobs themselves.

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Economic development in outskirt communities of Kent County and innovative transportation solutions

Kent County is experiencing a boom in economic growth, expanding laterally to communities that border the city of Grand Rapids, creating unique transportation challenges and solutions.

Feature Story A worker adds installation in a new Jubilee Ministries mixed-income housing project being built in Holland.

Community Foundation invests in Jubilee housing with line of credit

A $250,000 line of credit from the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area will allow Jubilee Ministries to invest in property over the next five years.

Feature Story Good Samaritan Ministries is administering the MSHDA COVID-19 eviction diversion program. Pictured (from left) are Good Sam team members Virgenmina Calo, Jessi Christensen, and Andrew Zokoe.

Hundreds kept housed during COVID by eviction diversion program in Ottawa County

Good Samaritan Ministries has worked with landlords and tenants to help hundreds maintain housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. It takes work on both sides.

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How hope and joy can be found in the darkest times

Lakeshore resident Steve Harryman recounts his late wife’s cancer diagnosis with a grim prognosis and the way participation in a support group with those on a similar journey replaced her grief with joy and compassion for others.

Longform Joyanne Huston-Swanson, community relations for the Kent District Library, works with a wi-fi hotspot that is available for checkout at the library. Patrons have used the hotspots to access telehealth appointments, among other needs.

Telehealth expansion has made health care more accessible during the pandemic – but not for everyone

Michiganders who are older, live in rural areas, or have income challenges may have trouble navigating, accessing, or affording the technology they need to keep their telehealth appointments.

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How one Grand Rapids community is fighting for equitable health care access

The Seeds of Promise Health and Wellness Impact Team Impact was birthed out of the Madison Square neighborhood’s organizing for holistic health care access — a kind of access that sees members of this community as human beings who have been forced to navigate systems that did not always center their experiences. Today that model continues to demonstrate how a community’s voice can lead and change to create the kind of resources and support a community wants and deserves.

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GRABB grants help area Black businesses navigate COVID-19


Local compost company champions sustainability and taps into the cannabis growing industry


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Collaboration seeks to reduce opioid overdoses throughout Michigan


Olio nuovo that makes West Michigan proud


GRABB grants help area Black businesses navigate COVID-19


“Shade is an equity issue": How JEDI guides Friends of Grand Rapids Parks


HealthBar advances concierge-style health care


Puertas Abiertas helps Latinx abuse victims find safety


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Marge of Marge’s Donut Den receives award for community impact and service


Local food truck relaunches as ‘Roll Call’ serving global-inspired handhelds


Local compost company champions sustainability and taps into the cannabis growing industry


La Fuente Consulting grows brand with a new comprehensive language services company


Local entrepreneur shares her journey that has landed her inspirational greeting cards nationwide


Over $5 million to be awarded to West Michigan area businesses


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