The overall goal and purpose of Family Promise is to provide children and their families with shelter, basic needs and assistance as they seek permanent housing. Family Promise is unique in that it does not split up families during their crisis. Dads and boys over the age of 10 are allowed to remain with their families, keeping the family unit strong.
We are excited to report that 93% of the families served last year found permanent housing Furthermore, 91% of the families placed in 2009 have remained independently housed for one year or more!
Mentoring at Mulick
This program pairs mentors from Fifth Reformed, Eastminster Presbyterian and Plymouth Heights churches with 4th and 5th graders at Mulick Park Elementary. Each mentor is paired with a student for the school year to focus on reading.
Kids’ Night Out
Kids’ Night Out is our main summer outreach – with lots of animals, games, and food. The purpose of the evening is for church and community simply to have fun getting to know each other in a relaxed setting.
Mulick Park Bible Club
This volunteer-run program meets on Wednesday afternoons. Students get picked up at Mulick Park Elementary School and are brought to Evergreen Christian School for a time of worship, Bible study, and snack. Contact Rachel Harkema with questions and to volunteer for this ministry.
Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:45 PM
Neighborhood Food Pantry
Once a month, we distribute mostly perishable food to 125-225 families in our community. Our community comes together to help with registration, hosting, distribution, and carrying food to cars.These events not only assist those in our community who are struggling but also provide an opportunity for all to come together to listen, and to create opportunities for engagement. Usually the 4th Saturday of the month, registration and pancake breakfast starting at 7:00am, food distribution from 8:15 to 9:00 AM.
A dynamic relational ministry connecting people with different abilities and their families to the broader church community, while facilitating faith development through worship, education, and social opportunities. Adults and older youth are invited to serve as 1:1 mentors with the friends. To get involved contact Tom VanWingerden.
Crossroads Prison Ministries
Details coming soon!