Congregational Involvement


One way to help Family Promise of Grand Rapids is to get your congregation involved in Family Promise of Grand Rapids. There are many ways that a congregation can help.

Host Congregations

Host congregations open their building to provide a safe, hospitable shelter for the families in the Family Promise of Grand Rapids program for a week at a time, three or four times a year. To be a host congregation, your building must have 5 rooms that can be turned into bedrooms for the families, a room for the volunteer overnight hosts to sleep, a common area for families and volunteers to congregate, and kitchen facilities. Showers are helpful as well. The rotation of host congregations is set 12 to 18 months in advance, so there may be a waiting period before your congregation can be plugged in.

In the mean time, partnering with an existing host congregation can be a great way to get involved and get ‘up to speed’ in how the program works. A partner congregation helps provide some of the many volunteers that are part of a Family Promise of Grand Rapids host week.

Support Congregations

There are many ways that your congregation can help Family Promise of Grand Rapids in a support capacity. Some of these include:

* Financial support — donations are vital to keeping our ministry strong
* Partner with a host congregation to provide volunteers during a host week
* Commit to providing meals, activities for kids, etc. on a regular basis
* Develop a bank of volunteer services that members of your congregation could provide to families in the program

Contact the Family Promise of Grand Rapids staff to find out more about Family Promise of Grand Rapids and discuss how you or your congregation can plug in.

Family Promise of Grand Rapids always welcomes new Host and Support Congregations to our Network. Please contact us for further information.

Host Congregations

Calvin Christian Reformed Church
Cornerstone United Methodist Church
East Congregational United Church of Christ
Fifth Reformed Church
First United Methodist Church
Grace Episcopal Church
Ivanrest Christian Reformed Church
Mayflower Congregational Church
Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church
Plymouth Congregational Church
Plymouth Heights Christian Reformed Church
Princeton Christian Reformed Church
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Wesley Park United Methodist Church

Support Congregations
All Souls Community Church
Bread of Life Lutheran Church
Brookside Christian Reformed Church
Central Reformed Church

Congregation Ahavas Israel
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
First Reformed Church of Grandvillle
Fountain Street Church
Hager Park Church
Hillard Chapel
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Kentwood Community Church
Living Word Christian Center
Our Lady of Consolation
Renaissance C.O.G.I.C
Second Congregational United Church of Christ
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
St. Stephen Parish
The Table for All
Thornapple Evangelical Covenant
Tabernacle Community Church