Kids Care Program

Get children and youth involved in “Kids Care” at Family Promise and help us end homelessness… one family at a time!

The goal of the Kids Care Program is to educate and engage children and youth around the issues of child and family homelessness. We believe that childhood and youth volunteerism shapes our children into service-minded, community-oriented individuals. Kids Care gives the next generation the opportunity to learn about community needs such as child and family homelessness, and gives them the tools to share about this issue and act upon this information with their community, peers, and family. It helps shape them into kids that care!

A staff member at Family Promise would love to come to your classroom, youth group, Sunday school classroom, girl/boy scout troop, or sports team to discuss the realities of child and family homelessness in Grand Rapids. During our time together, students will experience an age-appropriate presentation to help them understand the realities of child homelessness, take part in a poverty simulation, and then participate in a fun service activity to help homeless kids in the Grand Rapids community. Presentations can range from 15 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on need.

Exciting ways to help homeless kids at home, school, or in the community!

  • “Your Change Can Change Homelessness”: Organize a change drive (we have great ideas for this!)
  • Donation Drive: Bring in items from our Wish List to a designated drop off site
  • Kids Reading for Kids: Do a reading pledge and donate the money raised to help homeless kids
  • Summer Buckets: Sand buckets filled with summer toys for families that exit shelter into housing
  • Buckets of Love: A mop bucket or dish pan filled with cleaning supplies
  • Birthday Bags: Put together birthday gifts to distribute to kids when we have a birthday

If you are interested in having your group participate in Kids Care, please contact Chelsea Jandernoa at 616-608-8917 or


Volunteering was really fun. I learned that family homelessness is a real problem. When I was volunteering, I heard one of the moms singing. I like singing and it shows that they are the same as me.”
~6th Grader from Hudsonville


“I learned how to help others and be more caring. It was different devoting my time entirely to other people rather than myself and I really enjoyed it.”
~9th Grader from Grand Rapids