- By Native News Online Staff
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Nearly three dozen volunteers from a Native-owned casino in western Michigan helped feed hundreds of homeless and low-income residents at Dégagé Ministries in downtown Grand Rapids.
Chefs Keenan Fifield and Travis Narlock of Sandhill Café, a 24/7 eatery in the Gun Lake Casino, prepared meals at the annual charitable event for Dégagé Ministries. Volunteers from Gun Lake Casino served more than 300 plates during lunch and breakfast. The casino donated fresh food and an assortment of refreshments and desserts. A local musician provided live entertainment during the event.
Gun Lake Casino, which has supported Dégagé Ministries since 2011, also provided $2,500 in funding to support the mission of Dégagé Ministries.
“We are honored to continue our partnership with Dégagé Ministries,” Sal Semola, president and chief operating officer of Gun Lake Casino, said in a statement. “Each year, our team members eagerly volunteer to participate in this occasion. There is nothing more gratifying than serving those who need it the most.”
Dégagé Ministries, an ecumenical Christian organization supported by many religious denominations, works to ensure homeless and low-income residents in Grand Rapids receive basic supplies for daily living. Hundreds of individuals receive vital necessities at Dégagé including meals, drinking water, winter clothing and hygiene products.
Gun Lake Casino is owned by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi, commonly known as the Gun Lake Tribe.
More Stories Like ThisMinnesota Lawmaker Aims to Recognize Indigenous Peoples Day
Native News Online Joins URL Media Network of BIPOC Media Outlets
Tribally-Owned Golf Course Awarded National Golf Course of the Year
Chewing Tobacco with a Disparaging Name Wants to be “More Inclusive,” Now Known As “America’s Best Chew”
Native News Weekly (January 23, 2022): D.C. Briefs
The truth about Indian Boarding Schools
This month, we’re asking our readers to help us raise $10,000 to fund our year-long journalism initiative called “The Indian Boarding School Project: A Dark Chapter in History.” Our mission is to shine a light on the dark era of forced assimilation of native American children by the U.S. government and churches. You’ll be able to read stories each week and join us for Livestream events to understand what the Indian Boarding School era has meant to Native Americans — and what it still means today.
This news will be provided free for everyone to read, but it is not free to produce. That’s why we’re asking you to make a donation this month to help support our efforts. Any contribution of any amount — big or small — gives us a better, stronger future and allows us to remain a force for change. Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you.