Since 1967, Dégagé Ministries has provided a safe, Christian alternative to the streets for those living in the Heartside neighborhood. Seven nights a week, all who come through their doors are treated with dignity and respect. Their low-cost meals allow them the avenue to sit down and get to know those who are often ignored and pushed aside. Its programs are designed to foster the kind of one-on-one relationships between staff, volunteers and neighbors that lead to emotional, spiritual and social support. The friendships that are formed make a lasting impact on staff, volunteers and neighbors alike. The Grand Rapids community is ethnically diverse, and individuals within its community have varied and often acute needs.