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Back to Work program receives $20,000 grant

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

glmbackGuiding Light recently received for the third consecutive year a $20,000 grant from the SpartanNash Foundation that will help support the nonprofit's Back to Work program.

The SpartanNash Foundation has provided a total of $70,000 to the nonprofit since 2016. Back to Work provides a short-term stay for men who are experiencing homeless and seeking full-time employment, along with support for their job searches.

"We are so grateful for the SpartanNash Foundation's continued support of our organization and our work," said Stuart P. Ray, Guiding Light's executive director. "This grant will allow us to continue to support men who face significant barriers to finding and keeping full-time work, including debt, lack of housing, lack of transportation and other challenges."

Men in the program are able to work and save money while they pay down debt and rebuild credit histories before they look for more permanent housing. They are given shelter, meals and all the tools and resources needed to safely find a job, including access to computers for job research and creating resumes, job coaching, life skill courses, budgeting guidance and other essentials for success. In 2019, 336 men went through the Back to Work program.
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey is a full-time freelance writer and editor for an assortment of publications including Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Faith Grand Rapids magazine. He has completed his first novel with the working title, Karl Beguiled. He and his wife, Barb, live in Wyoming, Michigan. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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