A Journey Home Campaign

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: Kate@familypromisegr.org

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

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Jerry and Annette Broersma
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Chemical Bank Foundation
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Amy Collea
Consumer’s Energy Foundation
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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
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