Guiding Light’s ‘Back to Work’ program a smart, strong solution for financial independence



Finding work can be hard enough, but just imagine how difficult it would be if you had an addiction. This is a fact of life for many folks.


Guiding Light’s Back to Work program provides a short-term stay for men who are employed or seeking full-time employment, allowing them to save money while they look for permanent housing. Other programs assist in addiction recovery, finding full-time employment and affordable housing.


Men in the program sleep in a men’s dorm and eat meals at Guiding Light. They receive job coaching, training in techniques for searches, and daily encouragement and advice. They have use of a computer lab for online job searching, email and résumé preparation. Phones are also available for local calls. As needed, they are provided with transportation and prerequisite necessities to accept a job offer.


The Back to Work program is a smart and strong solution for promoting financial independence through work. Each year, millions of dollars are funneled back into the local economy because of the emphasis Guiding Light has on helping men find and hold steady employment.


Guiding Light receives no government funding or insurance. All programs are funded by individual donors.


Each donation provides a man with the tools and resources to rebuild his life and re-engage with community.


Guiding Light is located at 255 Division Ave. S in Grand Rapids. For more information, call 616.451.0236 or email