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Life-size cut outs raise awareness of homelessness in Grand Rapids

Posted at 5:54 AM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 05:54:00-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — If you have been in downtown Grand Rapids, you may have seen life-size photos of people across the city.

Project Hope is an effort by Dégagé Ministries and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.'s World of Winter Festival to tell stories of homelessness and hope.

Project Hope in Grand Rapids

Organizations serving the marginalized are seeing an increase in homelessness in part as a result of the pandemic.

The exhibit includes nine people who have been helped by the Grand Rapids homeless shelter and tells their stories of experiencing poverty and homeless in effort to educate the community.

One of the patrons in the exhibit is Vincent Williams who was without a state ID for 19 years before getting one through the help of Dégagé

The exhibits will be on display throughout the week. Click here for a map of where to find them.

If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, there is a listof resources to help.