• Group Week of Hope Grand Rapids, Michigan - Michigan  - Mission Finder

  • Group Week of Hope Grand Rapids, Michigan - Michigan  - Mission Finder

  • Group Week of Hope Grand Rapids, Michigan - Michigan  - Mission Finder

  • Group Week of Hope Grand Rapids, Michigan - Michigan  - Mission Finder

  • Group Week of Hope Grand Rapids, Michigan - Michigan  - Mission Finder

Group Week of Hope Grand Rapids, Michigan

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 hardest by the economic problems, the people of Grand Rapids have struggled through failed industries and unemployment.

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.

Ages 12+

Where

Resources nearby include Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Panera Bread, Steak’n Shake, Arby’s, Five Guys Burgers, McDonald’s, Chipotle and Starbucks.

There is a mall in Grandville, River Town Crossings, that includes a movie theater and lots of dining options. Grandville is about 15 minutes from Grand Rapids, which is about 40 minutes away from Lake Michigan. Also located about an hour and a half away is Michigan’s Adventure amusement and water park.

Oval Beach is known as one of America’s top beaches. The beaches are also surrounded by white sand dunes; check out the family owned and operated Saugatuck Dune Rides.

If you would rather stay a bit closer to Grand Rapids, check out The Mitten Brewing Company which is said to have the best specialty pizza around. It is a vintage baseball-themed microbrewery/pizzeria with a focus on community involvement and charitable giving. It is also located in one of the city’s Victorian masterpieces that they renovated and restored to its former glory.

When

Trips for Senior High (12+)

Jun 16 2019 to Jun 21 2019
Jun 23 2019 to Jun 28 2019
Jun 30 2019 to Jul 05 2019
Jul 07 2019 to Jul 12 2019
Jul 14 2019 to Jul 19 2019
Jul 21 2019 to Jul 26 2019
Jul 28 2019 to Aug 02 2019

Skills

Your participants will provide home repairs at no cost for elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged people who need your help. Work crews typically serve the same resident for the entire trip, creating an environment where meaningful relationships develop.

Most projects are designed to be completed during the trip, allowing your group to experience the satisfaction of a job well done. You’ll serve the needs of others through projects like interior and exterior painting, building or repairing porches and wheelchair ramps, building or repairing steps, weatherization and other home repairs. No skills are needed!

What We Will Do

How You’ll Serve

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 a neighborhood association by landscaping, painting, cleaning, clearing alleys, working with residents that are shut-ins (seniors that are ill or recovering), and low income persons/families.
Serve at an assisted living facility doing yard work (mulching, weeding, planting flowers), playing games and visiting with residents.
Build relationships with kids in the community by playing indoor and outdoor games, making crafts and going on afternoon off site field trips together.
Enjoy learning about growing food! Participants will be weeding and learning about all different types of crops; many of which go to nourish local people who are in.
Serve at a therapeutic horse center! Serve the kids and adults that come here that are struggling with social, emotional, physical, and mental disabilities. Maintain the grounds, brush the horses and help to fill the hay barns.
Help residents by painting addresses on homes, planting flowers, landscaping, and other tasks to beautify their homes. You will get to serve seniors and play with local kids.
Help the hungry and homeless by sorting donated food products, repackaging food, and serving meals at the local food pantry.
Help out with various activities around a youth camp including games and activities for the campers, minor painting, landscaping, and other day-to-day tasks!

Our Partners

We have a Local Coordinator in Grand Rapids maintains connections throughout the year with the organizations that we serve so that our service and relationships are sustainable. You may meet them during your week as they pop in and out.

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Contact: Trip Advisor
Organization: Group Mission Trips
Phone: 844-258-9616
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Address:
760 Whalers Way
Bldg C, Suite 200
Fort Collins CO80525
USA

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