Begging for help

While the chilly air will soon turn warmer, those in need will still struggle to make ends meet.
Alex Doty
Mar 23, 2013


Some who struggle will stand on a street corner with sign in hand, asking for donations.

But that isn't necessary in the Tri-Cities.

“We would always encourage people to come to our main office on Fulton Avenue,” Love INC Tri-Cities Executive Director Mark Green said. “We have ways of distributing food to them.”

It also isn't allowed, at least not in the City of Grand Haven.

Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said a city ordinance states that it is "unlawful for any person to accost, molest, beg, panhandle or willfully annoy another person.”

Hawke said they occasionally have reports of panhandlers. Officers that respond to the call will determine what type of assistance the person may need — shelter, food, transportation or perhaps something else.

“Once the need is determined, officers make contact on behalf of the person in need with community agencies and organizations that provide assistance,” Hawke said. “Officers may also provide direct assistance, such as transportation to a shelter.”

If the officer determines that the person is not truly in need, they are asked to discontinue the activity and a warning is issued for violating the city ordinance.

“If the activity continues, the person could be cited for the ordinance violation,” Hawke said.

Green said Love INC volunteers in the past have seen people in need along the road and reached out to help.

“We have over 36 ministries that will help meet their needs,” he said. “I want those people to come in and see that we have an incredibly awesome community.”

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Real nice reply lasp, there are many in this situation in the area. Jobs are NOT there. Pay sucks, let's raise the minimum wage to $10/hr. It is the only way it will happen.
Love INC has a gleaner truck every two weeks, and I am told they have NEVER run out of food on those. They have food pantries. So if you are hungry, swallow your pride and feed your family- do go to the Salvation Army and Love INC for help. If you need clothes or want to donate clothes, go to Seventh Day Adventists on Beechtree St., they are free. If you need furniture, washer, any help AT ALL...Love INC on Fulton St.
And YES, these places will always take donations of canned/boxed food goods, household items, grooming neccessities, clean clothing, or used appliances. They do not sell these items, they go to the needy.
I believe everyone that comments here would like to help, although some might consider helping by yelling, "Get a JOB!" as they drive by in their gas guzzler SUV. Safe & secure in their thought "that could never be me!"...


Big Deal,
So, if companies were to raise minimum wage to $10 an hour, how would this affect their overall profitability? Do we even know if it it something they could afford? The government could mandate this but could they stay in business? It's a very difficult situation to assess. I'm not disagreeing with you, I just wonder if it could actually function and thrive in a struggling local economy, like Grand Haven?

Regarding food pantries, I've been turned away and my take home is $230 a week. I am a single mom with 3 children. No medical insurance, no dental. I shop at Goodwill & Love Inc too....actually LOVE the people that work there. I guess one could say I am the proverbial iconic image for "trailer park living". Thing is, I can't even afford a trailer! LOL!

As far as work goes....I would LOVE a job! Hundreds and hundreds of resumes......countless interviews...rejection after rejection after rejection. So, what is one to do?


I passed the same guy in the picture, holding the same sign in the picture in Holland last week. There was another guy holding a sign across the street from him.



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