Extreme cold leads to emergency measures at Mel Trotter

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — West Michigan is in the process of being hit by a serious arctic blast this weekend and wind chills are expected to dip to near -30 degrees in areas.

Local organization Mel Trotter Ministries has stepped up in these conditions, letting the community know the homeless can come and stay there.

“This is especially important during nights when temperatures create dangerous temperatures for those sleeping outside,” said Dennis VanKampen, Mel Trotter’s VP of Development.

Mel Trotter has enacted their emergency weather plan to accommodate the high numbers of the homeless population. They added extra staff, extra mattresses and extra food for the increase in guests.

The Grand Rapids Police is also assisting by checking common areas where people struggling with homelessness tend to camps along the river and under bridges. The GRPD are working to bring people who want to go to Mel…

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