With one gift, you can impact thousands. By supporting Heart of West Michigan United Way, you're funding the most effective poverty-fighting programs in Kent County. Together we can build a thriving community for all.

Your gift keeps families together.

Each night in Kent County an estimated 100-120 families are sleeping on the street, in vehicles, or motels.

By supporting the Fulton Manor Family Emergency Shelter Fund, you are providing safe shelter and support services for families experiencing homelessness — one that keeps families intact.

As housing prices increase, more families are finding themselves without a place to stay, and local shelters are unable to keep pace. The problem reached a tipping point in late 2018, when some families were told they had to vacate the hotels where they had been living.

A coalition of local agencies responded by establishing the Family Emergency Shelter at Fulton Manor, taking out a one-year lease on the former Holland Home facility. The Family Emergency Shelter will provide housing and support services for up to 80 families. Zoning approval was granted by the City of Grand Rapids in December, and the shelter is expected to receive its first residents in January 2019.

The Family Emergency Shelter is a collaboration between Family Promise of Grand Rapids, Degage Ministries, Inner City Christian Fellowship, Mel Trotter Ministries, the Salvation Army, and the Coalition to End Homelessness. Heart of West Michigan United Way is its fiduciary. The partners also acknowledge Holland Home for their contribution to the planning process.

If you would like to support the Family Emergency Shelter as a volunteer, click here. Information about in-kind donations will be shared in January.

Jan 15, 2019

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Jan 15, 2019
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