Family Promise

The A Journey Home  Campaign is seeking $2 million from the community to expand our housing programs for homeless   families and their children,fund a new home for Family Promise of Grand Rapids and build a reserve for financial sustainability.


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We are on the cusp, of what some call, an epidemic. Kent county has over 3,000 homeless school aged children; this number doesn't account for our little ones ages 0-5 years old. The recession hit our families the hardest with a 300% increase in the amount of homeless families in Grand Rapids. With some many families in need of help we need we had to do something.

Our current day center is too small for our staff and families, lacks privacy, a respite room an outdoor place space for kids, parking and handicap accessibility. Today, we assist nearly 40 families, but there continues to be a large amount of family emergency and housings needs not being net. We need to increase our program capacity. 

We are meeting a large need in our Grand Rapids community, but to continue we need to make sure we can remain healthy both programmatically and financially. For the first time in Family Promise's history we launched a three year Capital Campaign.


Our capital campaign, A Journey Home, will raise $2 million so Family Promise of Grand Rapids can:

Relocate Day Center
Moving to 516 Cherry will double the space where families receive emergency assistance, rehousing and Aftercare services.

Expand Programming

This will allow us to double the number of families we serve through our Partners in Housing program, emergency support, case management and Aftercare services.

Build a Reserve Fund

Create a reserve fund will allow us to support unforeseen building expenses and ensure long-term sustainability for the future.


Our capital campaign, A Journey Home, will raise $2 million to help:


      • A multiple year pledge commitment (may be paid over a three year period)
      • A one-time case gift
      • A gift of appreciated assets (i.e. stocks)
      • An asset donation that can be converted to cash (i.e. property vehicle, collectables, etc.)
      • An estate gift

 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT  Kate O'Keefe  P:616-608-8905  E:

Donor Recognition Levels
Legacy Level  $500,00
Visionary Level  $250,000 to $499,999
Leadership Level   $100,000 to $249,999
Cornerstone Level  $50,000 to $99,999
Foundation Level  $25,000 to $49,999
Family Level $10,000 to $24,999
Friend Level $3,000 to $9,999
Supporter Level  $999 to $2,999
Community Level Gifts up to $999
Campaign Board
Laurie Beard, Co-Chair,  Jeff Clark
Carl Jandernoa, Co-Chair,   Brian Downs
Chris Boike,  Vicki Downs
Amanda Brand,   Mike Ellis
Jerry Broersma,  Mike Fedewa
Darbie Fiddler,  Tracy George
Rick Fiddler,  Shelley Irwin
Lynn Locke,  Wendy McGinnis
Randy Locke,  Dave Quade
Wayne Randall,  Karen Ricketts
Kristin Ruther,  Barbie Schowalter
Tim Schowalter,  Michael System
Lisa Valk

Thank You to our AMAZING

AJ Veneklasen, Inc.

Amway One by One

Mark and Mary Kay Baker

Scott and Kristie Baker

Baldwin Foundation

Laurie Beard

Paul and Karen Belfer

Michael and Rene Bennett

Trent and April Bisonet

Chris and Robbyn Boike

Pete and Amanda Brand

Britten Woodworks, Inc.

Jerry and Annette Broersma

Bill and Kathy Bush

Nikole Canute

Chemical Bank Foundation

Jeff and Pam Clark

Amy Collea

Consumer's Energy Foundation

Comfort Research

Compucare, Inc.

John and Lisa Cruden

Custer Office Furniture

Custom Caulking, Inc.

Gary and Jean Deckert

Mark and Heidi DeKorne

Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation

Brian and Vicki Downs

Michael and Lynette Ellis

Sam and Donna Evans

Mike and Linda Fedewa

Rick and Darbie Fiddler

Ellie Frey and Chad Zagel

Chip and Tracy George

Mary George

Gjenikwa and Manuelito


Grand Rapids Chair Company

Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Grand River Interiors


Jerry and Pat Hall

Steve and Brenda Heacock

Keith and Mary Kay Hopkins

Shelley Irwin

Krystal Jackson

Carl and Kelly Jandernoa

Mike and Sue Jandernoa

K & S Plumbing

Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation

Fred Keller

Kharis Foundation

Ken and Eley Kollar

Randy and Lynn Locke

Molly Longman

Casey and Christina McDonald

Wendy McGinnis

Medtronic Foundation

Steven and Amy Meeuwenberg

Meijer Foundation

Meijer, Inc.

Meulenberg Painting &

Decorating, Inc.

Michael Moody and Karen Zivi

Next Step of West Michigan

Nucraft Furniture

Patrick and Kate O’Keefe

Old National Bank

Old National Bank Foundation

Armen Oumedian

Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation

Perrigo Company Charitable


Pioneer Construction

Progressive AE

David and Mindy Quade

Kathie Rademacher

Wayne and Amanda Randall

Karen Ricketts

Kristin Ruther

Tim and Barbie Schowalter

Dean and Cheryl Schuch

Sebastian Foundation

Shine Foundation

Steve Smith

Tom Split

Steelcase Foundation

Steelcase, Inc.

Amanda Sterzick

Michael and Kristin Sytsma

Dan and Shirley Thompson

Two Men and A Truck

David and Lisa Valk

Steve Van Andel Foundation

Rusty and Kelsy Vining

The Wege Foundation

Brian and Linda Welsh

Tom and Liz Zeman

Zylstra Door

Stan and Barbara Zylstra

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Family Promise of Grand Rapids
Email: • Ph 616-475-5220 • 516 Cherry Street, S.E. Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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