Spending a week in Grand Rapids will remind you of why Michigan is called the Great Lake State. The city sits on the Grand River and is only 25 miles east of Lake Michigan. Home of the internationally renowned Art Prize, the community is rich in art and culture with sculptures and museums throughout the city. Grand Rapids offers a big city feeling with the warmth of a small town.
Even though it’s easy to see the beauty of Grand Rapids, the city did not survive the nation’s recession untouched. Living in one of the cities hit the hardest by the economic problems, the people of Grand Rapids have struggled through failed industries and unemployment.
During the Grand Rapids Week of Hope, you will stay at a church that has been our partner since 2007, and the congregation will expectantly welcome you with open arms. Not only will you be in great company, you will also be close to Grand Haven State Park, Holland State Park, Millennium Park, and John Ball Zoo. Your group might have the opportunity to serve with one of our partners that exists to serve the hungry and homeless in Grand Rapids.
With help from volunteers like you, this organization is able to provide more than 200 people beds every night, more than 500 hot meals per day, almost 800,000 pounds of donated food to their food programs, and much more.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Jun 19 2016 to Jun 24 2016 Jun 26 2016 to Jul 01 2016 Jul 03 2016 to Jul 08 2016 Jul 10 2016 to Jul 15 2016 Jul 17 2016 to Jul 22 2016 Jul 24 2016 to Jul 29 2016 Jul 31 2016 to Aug 05 2016
Basic labor and painting skills.
As your team members enter into the lives of others and build relationships with the people of Grand Rapids, they’ll experience God working through them at projects such as these: –Assist with alley clean-ups and graffiti cover-ups, help with seniors’ yard work, and paint residents’ garages in a local neighborhood association. –Serve individuals with physical, mental, and social/emotional challenges at an equine therapy center, assisting with animals and barns, various landscaping needs, and painting. –Provide families with needed clothing and other items through a local thrift store by sorting, tagging, and displaying donations and painting, updating signage, and performing other in-store improvements. –Accompany senior citizens from a care facility on various outings and events in the community. –Help with painting, cleaning, and disassembly of electronics at a non-profit that gives all its proceeds to educational and environmental programs.
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