The Housing Assessment Program (HAP) of The Salvation Army connects with approximately 60 neighbors each month at Heartside Ministry to discuss their housing situations and assess for possible referrals to permanent housing in the community.
By offering space for Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous and Dual Recovery substance abuse recovery programs, we make it easier for neighbors to access that that support system – about 3,500 times a year!
Last year, more than 99,000 needle exchanges were logged through Clean Works, a Grand Rapids Red Project program which teaches proven harm-reduction techniques to reduce the risk of spreading illness.
Over the past 32 years, Heartside Ministry has served an estimated 15,000 people in the neighborhood. In 20 years of existence, the Heartside Gallery & Studio has featured more than 600 artists and in 2013 published a book featuring several of those artists.
Through faith, art, advocacy and education, Heartside Ministry builds community among the most fragile folks in our city – on an annual budget of about $500,000.