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Gov’t, diocese, and ministries use Catholic Central HS to give social distance to women affected by homelessness

Division Ave Heartside Downtown Grand Rapids
Posted at 11:36 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 11:36:09-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A group of organizations has set up a temporary shelter at Catholic Central High School for women experiencing homelessness.

The facility means there will be more space in facilities to maintain social distance while COVID-19 is a concern. The women served are presumed COVID-19 negative.

The team of organizations includes the Emergency Management Divisions of the City of Grand Rapids and Kent County, the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids, Mel Trotter Ministries, and the Salvation Army.

“While we’ve all been sheltering at home for the past month, many of our Heartside neighbors do not have that same option,” said Greg Deja, principal/CEO, Catholic Central High School.

The school’s gym will be used.

“My hope is that after this pandemic we will have created connections and work groups that continue to work together to solve some of our communities most urgent issues,” said Dennis Van Kampen, CEO, Mel Trotter Ministries.

The move is not intended to be permanent, noted a release issued by the group, but volunteers are needed to help.

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