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Guiding Light Mission uses strict accountability as key to recovery
July 2, 2014 | WGVU
through the doors of the Guiding Light Mission in Grand Rapids’ Heartside
neighborhood leaves one with a distinct impression of an organization that
operates on accountability.
“We are fairly clear that this is your recovery and you have to do the work and clear that if you don't then you have to leave because you are actually putting other men at risk.”
Stuart Ray, who
became the organization’s executive director five years ago. The mission initially serves as a shelter, and
then revolves into a substance recovery program for men like Tom Keller.
"I was able to let my guard down, open myself up, accept what I am and it's okay because God has forgiven me. That's a big motivator for me to have that burden off my chest, the guilt and shame which is really based on pride and ego and fear." Relapse is a
constant threat. A recovering alcoholic, Keller admits that while he does well
in the rehab setting, he calls himself a chronic relapse. His mentor sponsor holds
him accountable and face the root of the problem head on, a big key to his recovery.
Helping others is considered part the recovery process. Keller
realizes it’s an uphill battle but that the choice is his.
“I have to change everything about me. I have a lot of work to do, I'm still early in my recovery this time around but I do see light at the end of the tunnel.”
substance abuse recovery spend six months at the mission. After that, it’s another
six months at Iron House, Guiding Light’s transitional housing program. Each pays
rent, helps clean and works. In the last
2 years, Guiding Light has put over 300 men back to work in the community. The
mission’s Back to Work Program provides short term shelter for men who have
work or are seeking full-time employment.
Report cites need to fix Michigan's school funding
Lansing MI December 17, 2014 | WGVU A report endorsed by the state Board of Education says Michigan needs to fix its school funding system and spend money more wisely to improve student outcomes.
Michigan getting $70M for health improvements
Lansing MI December 17, 2014 | WGVU Michigan is getting $70 million in federal funding during the next four years to support health care system enhancements that are designed to benefit families.
Michigan road funds deal in doubt this session
Lansing MI December 17, 2014 | WGVU Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders are still talking about how to raise taxes to improve Michigan's roads, as chances rise that no deal will be struck before lawmakers adjourn for the year.
Detroit retirement system holds meetings on cuts
Detroit, MI December 17, 2014 | WGVU Detroit's retirement system is holding community meetings to discuss pension cuts that are coming as a result of the city's bankruptcy.
Invasive snail threatens Great Lakes waterfowl
December 17, 2014 | WGVU The spread of a new invasive snail along the Lake Michigan shoreline has researchers concerned about its deadly effects on waterfowl.
Muskegon Ship Seeking Volunteers For Paint Job
December 17, 2014 | WGVU A World War II landing ship that’s now a museum in Muskegon hopes to get a face lift.
African American Churches Hold Special Prayer
Grand Rapids MI December 17, 2014 | WGVU
Demonstrations over grand jury decisions have moved from outdoor protests to inside church sanctuaries, as many African American churches held special services on the theme: “Black Lives Matter.”
Cab drivers call for local Uber policies
December 17, 2014 | WGVU Grand Rapids taxi drivers want regulations established for city Uber and ride-sharing services.
14 charged in meningitis outbreak
December 17, 2014 | WGVU The owners of a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts face federal murder charges for mishandling medical steroids that were distributed nationwide and caused a meningitis outbreak.
64 people died – 23 from Michigan.
Bills OK'd to set boating alcohol limit at 0.08
LANSING, Mich. December 17, 2014 | AP Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign bills subjecting boaters and snowmobilers to the same blood-alcohol limit as drivers.
Bills signed to create parolee work certificate
LANSING, Mich. December 17, 2014 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing Michigan inmates released on parole to be given a work certificate if they complete a career and technical education course and meet other requirements.
Report cites need to fix Michigan's school funding
LANSING, Mich. December 17, 2014 | AP A report endorsed by the state Board of Education says Michigan needs to fix its school funding system and spend money more wisely to improve student outcomes.
Michigan probe continues into meningitis outbreak
LANSING, Mich. December 17, 2014 | AP Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says a state investigation continues after federal indictments of 14 people in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide.
Top Dem: House should vote on Senate gas tax hike
LANSING, Mich. December 17, 2014 | AP A top Democrat says the Michigan House should vote on a Senate-approved plan that would significantly raise gasoline and diesel taxes to generate at least $1 billion more in road repair funding.
Doctors: Man in train stabbing suffered delusions
SAGINAW, Mich. December 17, 2014 | AP Documents show that a Michigan man and Army veteran charged with stabbing four people aboard an Amtrak train had delusions at one time and spent time in jail for attacking a girlfriend.
State's jobless rate off 0.4 points to 6.7 percent
LANSING, Mich. December 17, 2014 | AP Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped 0.4 percentage points to 6.7 percent in the latest month, reaching its lowest level in more than eight years.
Prospects of road funding compromise begin to look dubious in lame duck
December 17, 2014 | MPRN State lawmakers are entering the final hours of their two-year session without having reached a deal to boost road funding.
Man sentenced in Benton Harbor election fraud
Benton Harbor MI December 16, 2014 | WGVU A Michigan man who was found guilty of fraud in a Benton Harbor mayoral recall election has been sentenced to 2 1/2 to 10 years in prison.
Flood aid in Detroit area totals $246 million
Detroit, MI December 16, 2014 | WGVU Federal assistance for Detroit-area residents who suffered property damage during severe August flooding has totaled $246 million following the application deadline.
Man sentenced in Benton Harbor election fraud
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. December 16, 2014 | WGVU A Michigan man who was found guilty of fraud in a Benton Harbor mayoral recall election has been sentenced to 2 1/2 to 10 years in prison.
Retired officer gives autism safety talk across US
Ypsilanti MI December 16, 2014 | WGVU A retired police officer from Michigan is making it his mission to educate first responders and others about how to more effectively interact with those with autism spectrum disorder.
World War II landing ship getting new paint job
MUSEKGON, Mich. December 16, 2014 | WGVU A World War II landing ship that's now a museum in western Michigan is getting a new paint job.
Drop in oil prices a result of global market battle
December 16, 2014 | WGVU Gas prices in West Michigan are down more than $1.50 a gallon over the past six months. How long will it last? One analyst says prices will stay under $3 a gallon through 2015? What are the factors behind the price drop?
Manufacturing among West Mich. business strengths
December 16, 2014 | WGVU 2014 was a record year for West Michigan business, says Tim Mroz of The Right Place.
Requests for GRPD body cams continue
December 16, 2014 | WGVU Grand Rapids City Commission chambers were again full Tuesday night, as residents and others spoke to the need for police officer body cameras.
Officials to consider plans for Tiger Stadium site
DETROIT December 16, 2014 | AP The Detroit Economic Development Corp. is expected to consider redevelopment plans for the old Tiger Stadium site.
Snail harmful to ducks spreading in Great Lakes
MUSKEGON, Mich. December 16, 2014 | AP Scientists say an invasive European snail that carries parasites fatal to some aquatic birds is spreading across the Great Lakes region.
NEA president to speak to Detroit Economic Club
DETROIT December 16, 2014 | AP The president of the nation's largest teachers union plans to speak to a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club.
AAA forecasts big travel season in Michigan
DEARBORN, Mich. December 16, 2014 | AP AAA says more than 3 million people from Michigan are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season.
Effort to showcase stories of failure expands
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. December 16, 2014 | AP An effort to showcase individual and personal stories of failure that gained momentum in Michigan is planning an international expansion.
Michigan bills OK'd to loosen air gun regulations
LANSING, Mich. December 16, 2014 | AP Michigan lawmakers have approved legislation to loosen licensing restrictions on air guns and limit local governments' ability to set their own regulations, except when the guns are being used by kids under age 16.
Semis honk against overweight truck fines as lawmakers talk roads
December 16, 2014 | MPRN Michigan truckers are protesting legislation to increase fines for overweight vehicles.
US attorney: Wayne County probe winding down
Detroit, MI December 15, 2014 | WGVU Federal authorities say they're close to announcing whether new charges will be brought following a yearslong investigation of corruption in Wayne County government.
Lounge for military travelers hosts holiday salute
Romulus MI December 15, 2014 | WGVU A lounge for military travelers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport his hosting an effort to honor military members and veterans during the holidays.
Michigan priest faces sentencing in charity theft
Detroit, MI December 15, 2014 | WGVU A Detroit-area Catholic priest who was convicted of stealing money from a charity for the poor faces sentencing.
Detroit bankruptcy judge seeks update on city's plan
Detroit, MI December 15, 2014 | WGVU A judge is tying up loose ends in Detroit's bankruptcy case, especially fees charges by lawyers, consultants and other professionals.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 19 cents in week
Dearborn, MI December 15, 2014 | WGVU AAA Michigan says statewide gas prices have dropped about 19 cents a gallon in the last week to the lowest average in more than five years.
GR police body cam hearing on Tuesday
December 15, 2014 | WGVU The call for police body cameras continues in Grand Rapids.
Reports of flu cases rising across Kent County
December 15, 2014 | WGVU The flu season is off to an early start in Kent County. The health department says influenza cases are on the rise.
Supporters of Michigan religious freedom bill push back against critics
December 15, 2014 | MPRN Supporters of a religious freedom bill in the state Legislature are pushing back against recent criticism.
Slow start for road funding talks in last week of lame duck
December 15, 2014 | MPRN It appears there hasn’t been much progress toward finding a way to boost state road funding in the Legislature’s “lame duck” session.
Ballet company teams with 'Polar Express' creator
Grand Rapids MI December 12, 2014 | WGVU The Grand Rapids Ballet is unveiling a new production of "The Nutcracker" that's co-designed by Chris Van Allsburg, known for his book "The Polar Express."
Man charged in Amtrak stabbings due in court
St. Joseph, MI December 12, 2014 | WGVU A mental competency exam is likely to be discussed when a man accused of stabbing four people on an Amtrak train returns to court in southwestern Michigan.
Fruitport elementary classes get books from state
Fruitport, MI December 12, 2014 | WGVU A kindergarten and two third-grade classrooms in Fruitport are among the 115 elementary classrooms and early childhood programs that will receive books through the Michigan Department of Education's Culture of Reading program.
Grand Rapids blocks guest house for nuns, families
Grand Rapids MI December 12, 2014 | WGVU Officials have denied a nursing home's request to create a guest house in a Grand Rapids neighborhood for visiting nuns and family members of people in hospice care.
Michigan man charged with murder in mother's death
Holland MI December 12, 2014 | WGVU A western Michigan man who admits dumping his mother's body in the Grand River has been charged in her murder.
GRPS considers possible tax levy request
December 12, 2014 | WGVU The Grand Rapids school system may ask residents for a tax levy next November.
MSU making room for Grand Rapids Biomedical Research Center
December 12, 2014 | WGVU Say good-bye to the Grand Rapids Press building. Michigan State University is making room for its new Grand Rapids Biomedical Research Center.
Conference committees named in road funding talks
LANSING, Mich. December 12, 2014 | AP Michigan legislative leaders have named four Republicans and two Democrats to serve on House-Senate conference committees that will consider competing road funding bills in the final week of the session.
Michigan tightens rules for childhood vaccinations
LANSING, Mich. December 12, 2014 | AP Michigan's health agency is working to make it harder for parents to get out of immunizing their children against contagious diseases.
Michigan Senate approves 2016 presidential primary
LANSING, Mich. December 12, 2014 | AP Michigan's 2016 presidential primary would March 15 under legislation moving forward in Lansing.
Legislation seeks interim steps to stop Asian carp
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. December 12, 2014 | AP Members of Congress have introduced legislation calling for interim steps to prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes through Chicago-area waterways while a permanent solution is debated.
Snyder: Road money discussions “constructive”
December 12, 2014 | MPRN Governor Rick Snyder met today with the Legislature’s Republican and Democratic leaders to try and strike a deal on road funding.
Rick Pluta reports.