DCS In The News

Heroin’s homeless: 20 minutes in a fast food bathroom


Heroin’s homeless: ‘He can’t go down like this’


New teeth, new life for fast food heroin user

Recovering heroin user: ‘I just want to give back’

Grieving dad, oral surgeon urges cuts to opioid prescribing

Posted: Jun 08, 2018 07:51 PM EDT

Updated: Jun 08, 2018 07:51 PM EDT


Oral surgeon, former heroin user say dentists key in fighting opioid crisis

By: Madison O’Connor  

The Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants held an educational event for dentists, physicians, dental specialists, pharmacists and hygienists on June 8, 2018 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The event was held to inform dental professionals of their role in the opioid crisis.

Finding a community helped West Michigan man kick addiction. Now, he’s helping others do the same.

Dirt City Sanctuary is a community-based residential recovery center in the works in Kent County.

Grand Rapids Addiction Recovery Advocates Changing Lives

Getting the info

Opioid painkiller alternatives investigated

Kickball fundraiser to help battle addiction in W. MI

By: Emily Linnert


Purple Backpack Project provides winter survival kits for homeless

Purple Backpack Project 2018

Purple Backpack Project

Shelly Irwin, Wendy Botts, Tyler Trowbridge


Group sets out to provide winter survival kits for homeless community in Grand Rapids

Author: Emma Nicolas
Published: 12:33 PM EDT October 3, 2018
Updated: 11:13 AM EDT October 4, 2018
Jordan Blaauw and Elaina Botts

10-year-old girl makes cards with inspirational messages for homeless

Emily Connor

Purple Backpack Project to help GR homeless

By:Susan Samples

Tyler’s dream of being interviewed by Brian Sterling came true!


Kent County Closeup-Dirt City Sanctuary

By: Deb Havens October 29, 2018

DCS Proposed Kent County Campus


Women’s Lifestyle Magazine, November 2018, Savor the Season; Getting Clean In Dirt City

Published on Oct 31, 2018  Pg. 16


Purple Backpack Project helps homeless prepare for cold

By: 24 hour News 8 web staff  Posted: Nov 17, 2018 08:22 PM EST


Over $23,000 in supplies distributed to G.R. homeless population


Group serves Grand Rapids’ homeless with winter survival gear

Author: Noah Fromson Published: 9:05 PM EST November 17, 2018

Winter boots handed out to homeless in Grand Rapids

Published: 11:29 PM EST November 30, 2018


Woman’s effort to save friend grows into initiative to help addicts, homeless

Recovery campus aims for spring groundbreaking

Dirt City Sanctuary co-founder Tyler Trowbridge was original success story for organization.

January 25, 2019
| By Ehren Wynder |

Within the proposed campus are several residential buildings that all have studio apartments and a communal area. Rendering courtesy Spark 43 Architects


Breaking the cycle of homelessness: Dirt City Sanctuary’s community-centered recovery philosophy

Program for homeless addicts marks year of recovery

By: Emily Linnert Posted: Feb 04, 2019 06:02 PM EST

Stacy Peck and Tyler Trowbridge

Homeless heroin user now tux-clad guest of honor

Susan Samples Posted: Feb 26, 2019 10:50 PM EST

Dirt City Sanctuary Block Party


Dirt City Sanctuary hosting April block party

By: 24 Hour News 8 web staff  Posted: Apr 17, 2019 02:18 PM EDT

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