KeyBank Invests $10,000 to Support Emergency Shelter and Rehousing Program in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aug 9, 2022 10:00 AM ET
Photo Credit:  Pathway Home
Photo Credit: Pathway Home

KeyBank is investing $10,000 in Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids, Michigan to support Pathway Home. This transformative grant is part of KeyBank’s $40 billion National Community Benefits Plan.

Pathway Home is an emergency shelter and rehousing program; a collaboration between Mel Trotter Ministries and Family Promise of Grand Rapids. This shelter program is designated for single adults with children and intact families (kids under 18). Guests receive hearty meals, child development, ministry support and case management while they work to find a home. The top priority is to get families into stable housing and out of the shelter as quickly as possible.

The Pathway Home Program assists families in the following ways:

  • Providing a safe place to stay while searching for housing
  • Providing basic needs such as hygiene products, linens, and meals
  • Case management (referrals, service coordination, goal identification)
  • Landlord advocacy
  • Financial counseling and budgeting
  • Legal aid
  • Employment training/placement

“We are incredibly grateful for our ongoing partnership with KeyBank,” said Beth Fisher, Chief Advancement Officer at Mel Trotter Ministries. “This generous grant will allow us, through the Pathway Home program, to continue to focus on meeting emergency family needs for safe shelter while working with them to make a pathway back into the community through finding jobs, housing, and all that a family needs to thrive,” Fisher said.

“At KeyBank, our purpose is to help the communities we serve thrive. Through lending, investing, grants and volunteerism, we participate in the growth, revitalization and sustainability of the communities we proudly serve,” said Michael Sytsma, Market President and Commercial Sales Leader for KeyBank in Western Michigan. “Our investment will help Mel Trotter Ministries and Pathway Home as they work to end homelessness in Western Michigan through community partnerships and innovative solutions.”

Since 2017, KeyBank has invested more than $239 million in Michigan through its National Community Benefits Plan, supporting affordable housing, home lending, small business lending, and transformative philanthropy targeted toward workforce development, education, and safe, vital neighborhoods for underserved communities and populations.