Streams of Hope https://streamsofhope.org To demonstrate God’s love and foster sustainable change through services that build relationships, meet family needs, and promote a healthier community. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 17:08:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 Grow with Streams of Hope https://streamsofhope.org/2019/06/14/grow-with-streams-of-hope/ https://streamsofhope.org/2019/06/14/grow-with-streams-of-hope/#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 17:08:01 +0000 https://streamsofhope.org/?p=14427 Nothing says SPRING like gardening! *We’ve got just a few spots left in our Community Garden! It’s not too late to sign up – get more details below. If you have ever wanted to grow a garden, harvest your own vegetables, or just enjoy the community of gardening, we encourage you to join our Community […]

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Nothing says SPRING like gardening!

*We’ve got just a few spots left in our Community Garden! It’s not too late to sign up – get more details below.

If you have ever wanted to grow a garden, harvest your own vegetables, or just enjoy the community of gardening, we encourage you to join our Community Garden.

This program requires advanced registration and a small fee to enjoy all the joys of our plot of land. These benefits include healthy food, a beautiful green space, and community strengthening camaraderie.  

An upward of a dozen gardeners are projected to participate this year. Will you be one of them? We’re excited about the opportunity to offer green space to more of our neighbors this year!

Click here to view the registration form, or send us an email at *protected email* with any questions you may have.

 

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SimplyGive is Here! https://streamsofhope.org/2019/05/21/simplygive-is-here/ https://streamsofhope.org/2019/05/21/simplygive-is-here/#respond Tue, 21 May 2019 12:06:41 +0000 https://streamsofhope.org/?p=14311 Exciting news! Streams of Hope is partnering with our Gaines Township Meijer Store again through their Meijer SimplyGive Campaign from Sunday, May 12th through Saturday, June 22nd. Most importantly our DOUBLE MATCH DAYS are on FRIDAY, MAY 31 and FRIDAY, JUNE 14! For every $10 you donate, your amazing Gaines Township Meijer Store will turn it […]

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Exciting news! Streams of Hope is partnering with our Gaines Township Meijer Store again through their Meijer SimplyGive Campaign from Sunday, May 12th through Saturday, June 22nd.

Most importantly our DOUBLE MATCH DAYS are on FRIDAY, MAY 31 and FRIDAY, JUNE 14! For every $10 you donate, your amazing Gaines Township Meijer Store will turn it into $30!

 This initiative helps us provide healthy, nutritious food to over 500+ community families at our Streams of Hope Food Center. Here’s how it works:

  1. You can find “Simply Give” gift cards at the Gaines Meijer at 1801 Marketplace Drive SE  Kalamazoo Avenue Meijer or at Streams of Hope.
  2. You can bring your “Simply Give” monetary donations to Streams of Hope on Tuesday or Thursday from 11am-1pm or 6pm-8pm. We will turn any monetary donations into gift cards for Streams of Hope.
  3. Meijer will then give Streams of Hope food gift cards that can be used in their store to purchase product for our food center
  4. DOUBLE MATCH! Meijer will double match your amount on May 31st and June 14th. 

When using the cards just let the cashier know that you would like the donation to go to Streams of Hope. Take one donation card and give it to the clerk as you are checking out at Meijer. You can let the clerk know the $ amount that you would like to donate Streams and they will add this amount to your bill.

We need your help to make a difference in this community! Thank you so much for making this opportunity a great success.

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Free Tax Assistance Earns $105K in Refunds & Credits for Families https://streamsofhope.org/2019/05/08/free-tax-assistance/ https://streamsofhope.org/2019/05/08/free-tax-assistance/#respond Wed, 08 May 2019 16:38:27 +0000 https://streamsofhope.org/?p=13827 April 15th marked the end of another tax season. During this past tax season, Streams of Hope had the pleasure of providing a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This program offers free tax help to lower-income individuals. Along with other VITA partners like Kentwood Community Church, Maplelawn Baptist Church, GVSU, and Steelcase, we offered […]

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April 15th marked the end of another tax season. During this past tax season, Streams of Hope had the pleasure of providing a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This program offers free tax help to lower-income individuals. Along with other VITA partners like Kentwood Community Church, Maplelawn Baptist Church, GVSU, and Steelcase, we offered tax assistance at our campus during the weeks leading up to April 15. The results were incredible – 6 volunteers served a combined 413 hours to complete 107 tax returns, earning $171K for lower-income families!

As an added benefit, this program not only helps individuals file their taxes, this comprehensive process ensures that these individuals can get their maximum refund. This  creates a positive “ripple effect” that benefits the whole neighborhood. A study conducted in Austin, TX  found that tax credits stimulate can stimulate local economies by a multiplier of 1.6.

Our VITA volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS so that the taxes can be filed as accurately as possible. Volunteers also identified valuable tax credits for eligible individuals. Available tax credits included Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, Educational Credit, Homestead Property Tax Credit, and Home Heating Tax Credit. Streams of Hope served lower-income families from all over Kent County with this program. The majority of families came from our neighborhood and received $105,000 in refunds and credits!

In addition to securing refunds and credits, Streams of Hope saved community families $21,800 in tax fees this year. We extend a heartfelt “thank you” to our tireless volunteers who not only transformed the lives of the individuals you helped, but the community as a whole. We encourage you to consider volunteering with the Streams of Hope Tax Assistance program next year. You will receive training through the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition and do not need any previous experience or certifications! Learn more here.

Looking for other ways to get involved at Streams of Hope? Visit our volunteer page for more information!

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Thanks to the Buist Community Center https://streamsofhope.org/2019/05/07/thanks-to-the-buist-community-center/ https://streamsofhope.org/2019/05/07/thanks-to-the-buist-community-center/#respond Tue, 07 May 2019 17:25:03 +0000 https://streamsofhope.org/?p=13706 Our partnership with Buist dates all the way back to the launch of our Food Center.

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

Behind Streams of Hope, there lies a whole network of people who support us with their time and resources. The Buist Community Assistance Center, a choice food pantry in Byron Center, is one of those groups. Our partnership with Buist dates all the way back to the launch of our Food Center. When we received approval to build the food pantry, we weren’t sure where to start. We contacted Larry Buist, who provided us with his construction, design, and equipment expertise as he guided us through the whole process. He not only graciously lent us Buist’s truck, he also helped us source our first truck, as well as a few walk-in coolers and freezers for the Food Center.

Our Food Center’s relationship with Buist continues to flourish to this day. The Buist Community Assistance Center consistently supplies over half of our total monthly pounds of food to support the 500+ client families who come to our Food Center.

Above, you can see a great picture of Buist’s amazing Executive Director, Shirley Tenharmse, and her invaluable team receiving a thank you plaque and a pizza lunch from Streams of Hope. Buist has supported Streams of Hope since the very beginning, and we wouldn’t have been able to bless so many families without them.

Streams of Hope is incomplete without the support of our community. If you are another business church, or another nonprofit that shares our vision of service, we invite you to email our Executive Director Paul.

Thank you, once again, to the Buist Community Assistance Center!

 

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Sharing God’s Love with Kids https://streamsofhope.org/2019/04/08/sharing-gods-love-with-kids/ https://streamsofhope.org/2019/04/08/sharing-gods-love-with-kids/#respond Mon, 08 Apr 2019 17:53:33 +0000 https://streamsofhope.org/?p=13684 “One main goal in the middle school program is to share God's love with all of the kids. We consider ourselves as a second family. This means we strive to treat each other with kindness and respect.”

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“One main goal in the middle school program is to share God’s love with all of the kids. We consider ourselves as a second family. This means we strive to treat each other with kindness and respect.”

Our After School Program is a program designed to provide middle school students a space to hang out, have snacks, and enjoy organized activities such as baking, crafts, and sports. They also participate in “Real Talk,” where they discuss the real issues kids face, the importance of healthy values, their belief in God, and His love for them.

Paula Guikema serves as Program Director for the After School Program. She has been a dedicated part of the Streams of Hope team since our founding in 2006, and she lives within 2 miles of our campus.

“Some people get called to Africa… but my mission field is just down the road!” she says. Here’s what else Paula had to say about our After School Program:

“We gather around the table for snack and share what’s going on in our lives. We talk about how much God loves us and encourage the kids to develop a relationship with Him. We pray together. Within this goal, we seek to partner with parents, teachers and administrators to help kids navigate adolescence, which can be a difficult time of life for many kids. Their desire for independence is growing and yet they still need to depend on parents for the things they need.

“They want to make their own decisions, but parents and teachers still need to monitor and approve those decisions. They have a desire to have their own privacy, yet parents need to make sure they don’t put themselves in danger. They want to go places and choose their own friends, but parents must put boundaries on that to keep them from making bad choices. It is a constant tug-of-war that is frustrating, confusing, and tiring for everyone involved.

“In adolescence, a kid’s brain is still evolving and their thinking takes on a new dimension. As young children, they accepted and trusted mom and dad’s values, but in adolescence, they want to figure it out for themselves. They start to question their parents’ decisions, rules and values. They have to decide if they will adopt their parents’ beliefs as their own. Since they aren’t adults, they find it hard to understand what parents and teachers expect, and misunderstandings abound. Communication becomes strained. This is where we try to help.

“We listen to kids’ frustrations and can relate to them because we have all gone through those teenage years ourselves.  But we also relate to parents, because we are parents. We seek to explain why a teacher may hold them to certain standards or why a parent may have made a decision they don’t like. We talk about the importance of trying one’s best in school, of being respectful to parents and teachers. We explain that they will always have obligations and authority figures in their lives.

“Their relationships with family and friends will be challenging at times. They will encounter difficult people that they need to get along with. As adult staff and volunteers, we too face certain expectations at work and at home. We share our own experiences with the kids. We use the Bible as our guide to help us all understand how God wants us to live and work with others. Loving others isn’t easy and we will all fail from time to time, but with God’s help, we can continue to grow in our love for others.”

Do you also have a heart for helping? Apply to volunteer here!

 

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The Bike Rodeo is Rolling Back https://streamsofhope.org/2019/03/29/bike-rode-rolling-back/ https://streamsofhope.org/2019/03/29/bike-rode-rolling-back/#respond Fri, 29 Mar 2019 13:25:29 +0000 https://streamsofhope.org/?p=13626 Delicious food, an exciting giveaway, and fun galore! The Bike Rodeo is rolling BACK to Streams of Hope. For the second time EVER, we will be hosting our annual Bike Rodeo from 10am-2pm on May 4th at our campus. Our 2019 sponsors include our friends at the Gaines Township Meijer and Integrity Business Solutions. And […]

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Delicious food, an exciting giveaway, and fun galore! The Bike Rodeo is rolling BACK to Streams of Hope.

For the second time EVER, we will be hosting our annual Bike Rodeo from 10am-2pm on May 4th at our campus. Our 2019 sponsors include our friends at the Gaines Township Meijer and Integrity Business Solutions. And we want to give another special thank-you to Kruse Orthodontics and Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics. We are grateful for their partnership!

The Bike Rodeo is a family-friendly neighborhood-wide event where friends of the Streams of Hope community can come together for an exciting day of fun. The Bike Rodeo last year had face painting, bike repair/safety tips, and a bike giveaway! We plan to have all the same events along with an exciting Rodeo Race to top it all off.

We hope this year will bring more fun and more families than before! We enjoy being able to bless local kids with a new bike, which they ‘earn’ through volunteering a few hours at a campus. And it is a great afternoon to meet our neighbors and celebrate our community. Last year, we enjoyed partnerships with the local sheriff department in addition to several businesses. 

Streams of Hope is also looking for volunteers and sponsors who would be willing to help us make this day even more special. Sign up here to volunteer, and email Sandi for sponsorship opportunities.

So mark your calendars for May 4th! This will be a day you won’t want to miss. 

 

Interested in volunteer on the day of the event, or in earning a bike through volunteer hours? Fill out the volunteer signup form here.

 

 

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Forming Healthy Habits https://streamsofhope.org/2019/03/04/forming-healthy-habits/ https://streamsofhope.org/2019/03/04/forming-healthy-habits/#respond Mon, 04 Mar 2019 19:44:26 +0000 http://streamsofhope.org/?p=13533 Are you looking for that extra push to develop healthy habits? We have just the thing for you!

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Are you looking for that extra push to develop healthy habits? We have just the thing for you!

One of the many programs Streams of Hope offers is the NOW (Nutritional Options for Wellness) program. This program is a lifestyle change program supporting under-resourced adults with chronic disease. We recently launched a brand new class as part of our Nutritional Options for Wellness program in collaboration with Spectrum Health and everyone is invited to join us.

From the beginning of February, our class has met every Tuesday at 10:00 AM with two employees from Spectrum Health to help participants cultivate a healthier lifestyle. By alternating from cooking classes to discussions every week, our sessions provide hands-on learning opportunities for everything taught in class! Since our first class in February, we have covered subjects pertaining to all areas key to a healthy lifestyle including goal setting and physical activity. The full schedule of events are as follows:

February 5: WHAT’S YOUR WHY? Discussion about motivation

February 12: HABITS CLASS Discussion about forming healthy habits/goal setting

February 19 PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & CALORIC EXPENDITURE

February 26 HEALTHY RECIPE cooking class

March 5 MINDFUL eating/ STRESS eating

March 12 HEALTHY RECIPE cooking class

March 19 LABEL reading

March 26 HEALTHY RECIPE cooking class

April 2 SLEEP and WEIGHT control

April 9 HEALTHY RECIPE cooking class

April 16 MEAL PLANNING

 

Our class is in full swing and we are always eager to see more faces! Are you ready to make the leap to a healthier you? Contact Barb for more information.

 

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Spots Available in New Spring GR Class https://streamsofhope.org/2019/02/20/spots-available-in-new-spring-gr-class/ https://streamsofhope.org/2019/02/20/spots-available-in-new-spring-gr-class/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:16:25 +0000 http://streamsofhope.org/?p=13230 We have some exciting news to share with our community! Streams of Hope will be hosting our next SpringGR entrepreneur class beginning on March 6th. To those who are unfamiliar with this program, SpringGR is a 12 week training, mentoring, and networking opportunity for emerging entrepreneurs. Streams of Hope partners with the Spring GR organization […]

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We have some exciting news to share with our community! Streams of Hope will be hosting our next SpringGR entrepreneur class beginning on March 6th.

To those who are unfamiliar with this program, SpringGR is a 12 week training, mentoring, and networking opportunity for emerging entrepreneurs. Streams of Hope partners with the Spring GR organization to provide a space on our campus for this training to take place. We prepare each aspiring businessman/woman by tending to them in three specific ways.

First, our 12 Week Business Training Academy incorporates an effective teaching curriculum with hands-on training to equip entrepreneurs with the skills that will help them turn their business dreams to a reality.

Second, our Business Affiliates Team provides access to some of Grand Rapids’ most successful entrepreneurs and business experts. This team of seasoned professionals will serve as mentors to help new entrepreneurs navigate the professional sphere.

Third, our Quarterly Round Table is a learning event where we invite speakers in various areas of business to provide insight on all things business related. This event also acts as an opportunity for our entrepreneurs to network with speakers and other SpringGR graduates.

And as a last and extra promise, SpringGR commits to at least 2 years of free business consulting for the ensurement of every student’s success. SpringGR is a continual process that doesn’t end with graduation. We will continue to be a resource for growth and development.

SpringGR will be held at Streams of Hope every Wednesday evening from 6pm to 9pm for 12 weeks including daycare and a meal. We are looking for amazing students to join this program!

To learn more about this great program you can visit the Spring GR website at http://www.springgr.com/

If you know anyone that might be interested in this program they can apply online at http://www.springgr.com/apply/

 

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And the Kindness Matters Award Goes To… https://streamsofhope.org/2019/02/11/and-the-kindness-matters-award-goes-to/ https://streamsofhope.org/2019/02/11/and-the-kindness-matters-award-goes-to/#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 14:35:29 +0000 http://streamsofhope.org/?p=12228 Streams of Hope awarded this year’s Herman Snyder Kindness Matters Memorial Award to Ken Visser. This award is given each year to a member of the Streams of Hope community who demonstrates genuine kindness through their everyday lives and participation at Streams of Hope.

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 Pictured, above: Lynn Snyder (daughter-in-law of Herman Snyder), Ken Visser, and Sandi Nicely (daughter of Herman Snyder)

Streams of Hope awarded this year’s Herman Snyder Kindness Matters Memorial Award to Ken Visser. This award is given each year to a member of the Streams of Hope community who demonstrates genuine kindness through their everyday lives and participation at Streams of Hope. Ken was honored for these virtues at our annual volunteer Christmas party. Upon receiving the award, he said:

“From my heart, I want to thank you for this unexpected honor. You know me well enough to know that I rarely am speechless, but last week I was. It was such a wonderful surprise to be chosen for this award. It is pure joy to serve Streams and I know that we are doing what God has called us to be. To stand side by side with you and all the helpers at Streams is my highest privilege.”

Ken Visser is a board member and frequent volunteer of the Community Garden and Food Center. He had been a devoted volunteer at the Food Center since its inception in 2012. During his 6.5 years as a volunteer, his enthusiasm has never faltered. Ken has enjoyed shopping with the clients and developing close relationships with them, willing to go the extra mile with a smile for everyone.,

He is dependable, warm-hearted, and caring, truly showing that kindness does matter to the clients and fellow volunteers he encounters.

Read about last year’s 2017 Kindness Matters recipient here on our blog.

 

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Gift Bags for Kids! https://streamsofhope.org/2019/01/23/gift-bags-kids/ https://streamsofhope.org/2019/01/23/gift-bags-kids/#respond Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:49:59 +0000 http://streamsofhope.org/?p=11274 December was a very exciting month for Streams of Hope. Streams of Hope partner, Alto Precision, donated Christmas packages for our community kids.

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 by Barb Nauta

December was a very exciting month for Streams of Hope. Streams of Hope partner, Alto Precision, donated Christmas packages for our community kids. The team consisted of Alto Precision employees, owner Dave Owen, and his amazing family. They created 260 beautiful Christmas gift bags with wonderful gifts like soccer balls, water bottles, stuffed animals, stickers, stationary, and bags.

Thanks to their generosity, all Food Center patrons with children 2 to 12 years old received a Christmas gift bag for each of their kids. The adults also received a beautiful coloring book!

We continue to be so blessed with monetary donations and gifts from our wonderful Alto Precision Streams of Hope family. Their generosity is blessing so many families in our community.

Thank you, Alto Precision, for your continued support!

 

Is your organization, church, or business looking for concrete ways to make a difference in our community? Please get in touch with us to explore sponsorship, volunteer, and donation opportunities. And thank you!

 

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