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. Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:23:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 Food Center Remains Open During COVID-19 https://streamsofhope.org/2020/04/07/food-center-remains-open-during-covid-19/ https://streamsofhope.org/2020/04/07/food-center-remains-open-during-covid-19/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:23:40 +0000 https://streamsofhope.org/?p=17982 The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools, churches, and many businesses to shut down. Fortunately, our organization is considered an “Essential Critical Infrastructure” and will remain open for our community. The Food Center will be operating under normal hours, but now follows a “drive-thru” system in accordance with national guidelines. Streams of Hope consistently serves 450+ […]

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools, churches, and many businesses to shut down. Fortunately, our organization is considered an “Essential Critical Infrastructure” and will remain open for our community. The Food Center will be operating under normal hours, but now follows a “drive-thru” system in accordance with national guidelines.

Streams of Hope consistently serves 450+ community families each month, but the pandemic has hit many families very hard. There are new families who now rely on food pantries like ours to make it through this situation.This influx means your support is more crucial than ever to keep our Food Center well-stocked! Click here to give a secure online gift to support this resource for our neighbors.

In addition to food assistance, we are offering tutoring resources digitally and ‘to-go’ for elementary students. Our friends at Kentwood Community Church have been offering meals for children from Kids Food Basket and praying with families in our drive-thru service. We are also supporting our Dutton Pantry partner with supplies and food services to clients that need more assistance than this pantry can offer. Our leadership team has been attending the ENTF (Essential Needs Task Force) Food ACCESS weekly calls that include all of Kent County Food distribution sites, so that we can stay up-to-date on best practices and innovative safety measures.

Every single client that visits us expresses gratitude for the assistance. This week we have seen more clients that have just been laid off and have no income coming in. The future is uncertain… but we have been able to offer practical tools and hope to our neighborhood!

We have already been so blessed by the generosity of volunteers and partner organizations who have been helping us collect and distribute food at our center. But we need all hands on deck! Whether it’s a one-time donation or a recurring one, we are so grateful for your financial support. It’s during hard times like these when the value of community is indispensable. We leave you with this quote from Robert H. Schuller: “Tough times never last, but tough people do.”

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HarperCollins Christian Publishing Grant Supports Tutoring for over 80 Elementary Students https://streamsofhope.org/2020/04/06/harpercollins-christian-publishing-grant-supports-tutoring-for-over-80-elementary-students/ https://streamsofhope.org/2020/04/06/harpercollins-christian-publishing-grant-supports-tutoring-for-over-80-elementary-students/#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2020 20:50:33 +0000 https://streamsofhope.org/?p=17979 We are so excited to announce that we have received a $25,000 grant from HarperCollins Christian Publishing to support our elementary student tutoring program. Thank you to our generous friends at HarperCollins! Since 2010, our tutoring program has steadily grown to provide more than 100 hours of free tutoring each week by 10 certified teachers […]

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We are so excited to announce that we have received a $25,000 grant from HarperCollins Christian Publishing to support our elementary student tutoring program. Thank you to our generous friends at HarperCollins! Since 2010, our tutoring program has steadily grown to provide more than 100 hours of free tutoring each week by 10 certified teachers to 80 students. With this support, we will be able to continue investing in students in our neighborhood to help them succeed in school.

“It’s a joy and a privilege to have HarperCollins Christian Publishing come alongside this tutoring initiative once again,” shared our Executive Director Kurtis Kaechele. “They have been a wonderful partner over the past six years, and their support empowers the students in this neighborhood to overcome barriers and succeed in school.”

During the COVID-19 stay-at-home mandate, we have sent virtual tutoring resources to our students and provided printed versions to families that utilize their Food Center drive-thru to receive supplemental groceries. This grant will also support our summer soccer & reading camp in addition to the NEW (Nutrition, Education & Wellness) program for diabetic clients.

“Year after year, HarperCollins Christian Publishing continues to be in awe of what Streams of Hope can accomplish for the Kentwood community, and greater Grand Rapids. Not only have we built a relationship through monetary investment, but with their leadership, staff, and the children involved in their tutoring program,” said Casey Harrell, senior director of Corporate Communications at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “We are excited to see what the future holds for this program.”

The combined population of three public elementary schools, each less than half a mile from their campus, is over 90-percent eligible for federal assistance.

“Educational success is a significant factor for reducing poverty, and our prayer is that by impacting students we would see our neighborhood transformed for the better,” said Kaechele. “In 2018, 91 percent of students being tutored in reading achieved one grade level or more of growth. During the same period, 84 percent of math students raised their assessment scores.”

To learn more about tutoring and other programs that Streams of Hope offers, click here.

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Streams of Hope Continues Serving our Community https://streamsofhope.org/2020/03/16/streams-of-hope-continues-serving-our-community/ https://streamsofhope.org/2020/03/16/streams-of-hope-continues-serving-our-community/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2020 14:39:12 +0000 https://streamsofhope.org/?p=17662 As our situation is changing rapidly, we wanted to update our community on resources through Streams of Hope and how we will be able to continue serving our community. ARE PROGRAMS STILL OPEN? Due to regulations by the Michigan State government, most of our programs will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice. […]

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As our situation is changing rapidly, we wanted to update our community on resources through Streams of Hope and how we will be able to continue serving our community.

ARE PROGRAMS STILL OPEN?

Due to regulations by the Michigan State government, most of our programs will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice. Our Food Center will currently stay open to serve our community.

CAN WE ACCESS THE FOOD CENTER?

Yes, Food Center and supplemental food service will remain open during our normal pantry hours. Service will be provided with appropriate social distancing, initially with a drive-through format that will limit person-to-person contact.

During this time, the pantry area will be closed, and we will not be accepting donations of food or household goods. However, financial donations are greatly appreciated as they allow us to continue providing for our neighbors! Click here to make a secure online gift.

Food Center Hours
Tuesdays 6pm – 8pm
Thursdays 11am – 1pm and 6pm – 8pm

If you are in need of supplemental food, we ask that you bring some form of ID and a piece of mail showing your current address. We do not require proof of income.

HOW CAN I HELP?

Pray: Please continue to partner with us in prayer. We are asking God for wisdom in how to best continue supporting our neighbors, and healthy and safety for this community.

Donate: We need your financial support to continue providing assistance to neighborhood families. You can give a secure online gift here that will directly impact families in our community. A gift of $20 or more helps feed a family this week during this time of crisis. Thank you!

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Christmas Auction Raises $3K https://streamsofhope.org/2020/02/12/christmas-auction-raises-3k/ https://streamsofhope.org/2020/02/12/christmas-auction-raises-3k/#respond Wed, 12 Feb 2020 14:21:54 +0000 https://streamsofhope.org/?p=17336 Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year! In addition to the season’s festivities, our campus was blessed with gifts of generosity during Christmas. From gift bags to Christmas hams, this past December brought in many stories of kindness. And we have one last story from the community to share. You may remember […]

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Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year! In addition to the season’s festivities, our campus was blessed with gifts of generosity during Christmas. From gift bags to Christmas hams, this past December brought in many stories of kindness. And we have one last story from the community to share.

You may remember the online Christmas auction we hosted back in December. We had some pretty amazing items for sale – and you all thought so, too! We saw an overwhelming amount of participation as our community placed bids. In total, we raised $3k to benefit community programs like the Food Center, our tutoring programs, and after-school programs for kids.

We want to thank David Buist for all his help during the auction. He was gracious enough to help plan and coordinate this exciting fundraiser! And we thank everybody who participated in this year’s Christmas auction. Your contributions send ripples of HOPE through the community! We’re excited to see the auction expand this year and offer more great items to support more great programs.

Interested in the programs these funds support? Check them out here.

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Crossroads “Missions Team” Blesses our Food Center https://streamsofhope.org/2020/02/03/crossroads-missions-team-blesses-our-food-center/ https://streamsofhope.org/2020/02/03/crossroads-missions-team-blesses-our-food-center/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2020 19:45:40 +0000 https://streamsofhope.org/?p=16981 Crossroads Bible Church has been a Streams of Partner since 2018. In addition to global partnerships, Crossroads Bible Church also serves the community by partnering with local organizations like us! The group of individuals who engage in these programs are known as the Missions Team. In fact, one of Streams of Hope’s own team members, […]

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Crossroads Bible Church has been a Streams of Partner since 2018. In addition to global partnerships, Crossroads Bible Church also serves the community by partnering with local organizations like us! The group of individuals who engage in these programs are known as the Missions Team. In fact, one of Streams of Hope’s own team members, Marc, is also part of the Missions Team at Crossroads. A few weeks ago, the missions team came to our campus to hold a meeting and visit the site.

Below, you’ll find a short write-up from Crossroads Pastor Jeremiah about his time with us:

“Streams of Hope has an amazing Food Center that serves families in the community. They provide dignity to people by providing a great shopping experience that feels as though you are in an actual grocery store and allows participants the opportunity to choose the food that they need.

It doesn’t end there though, as Streams of Hope provides caring relationships and also helps direct families to resources that can assist them in working through whatever difficulty they might be facing. Crossroads is extremely excited and encouraged by the work that is happening at Streams of Hope and looks forward to partnering more in the work that they are doing.”

Crossroads Pastor Jeremiah Weismann

The Crossroads Bible Church presented Streams of Hope with $5k contribution to benefit our Food Center! Our partnership with Crossroads reminds us of the generous spirit of our community. We feel so grateful for Crossroads and their Mission Team!

Find volunteer opportunities at Streams of Hope here. Whether you’re an individual or in a group, we’d love to have you at our campus!

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Gift Bags from Alto Precision https://streamsofhope.org/2020/01/28/gift-bags-from-alto-precision/ https://streamsofhope.org/2020/01/28/gift-bags-from-alto-precision/#respond Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:47:11 +0000 https://streamsofhope.org/?p=17174 Bank of America, Chick-Fil-A, and Meijer are some of the countless organizations that have blessed Streams of Hope with their support. We are blessed with so many amazing business partners. In this post, we’re going to highlight our partnership with Alto Precision! As background, Alto Precision is a local business that specializes in machinery. Dave […]

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Bank of America, Chick-Fil-A, and Meijer are some of the countless organizations that have blessed Streams of Hope with their support. We are blessed with so many amazing business partners. In this post, we’re going to highlight our partnership with Alto Precision!

As background, Alto Precision is a local business that specializes in machinery. Dave Owen, the owner of Alto Precision, was an active member of the Streams of Hope board for many years. Each year, Alto Precision employees have worked together to create Christmas “gift bags” as a team. This past December was their third time making these bags. They assembled 260 gift bags to hand out to the kids in our community!

These bags contained colored pencils, coloring books, LEGOs, slate writing boards, and other wonderful items. Best of all, they provided beautiful homemade blankets and pillows as well. It was a wonderful blessing to be able to provide these items to the members of our community. The families were so excited. We are so grateful to Alto Precision for their generosity and kindness. Streams of Hope could not be successful without the kindness of partners like Alto Precision!

Interested in partnering with Streams of Hope as a local business? Contact us at info@streamsofhope.org – we would love to hear from you!

 

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Introducing our New Executive Director https://streamsofhope.org/2020/01/21/introducing-our-new-executive-director/ https://streamsofhope.org/2020/01/21/introducing-our-new-executive-director/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 21:23:52 +0000 https://streamsofhope.org/?p=17095 We are so excited to announce today that our Board of Directors has unanimously approved the appointment of Kurtis Kaechele as our next Executive Director. Kurtis will be taking leadership in our organization’s first full-time position beginning February 17. With the continued growth of 10 existing programs and planned expansion into new offerings for our […]

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We are so excited to announce today that our Board of Directors has unanimously approved the appointment of Kurtis Kaechele as our next Executive Director.

Kurtis will be taking leadership in our organization’s first full-time position beginning February 17. With the continued growth of 10 existing programs and planned expansion into new offerings for our community, the time is ripe for Streams of Hope to invest in a full-time leader. Our former Executive Director Paul Holtrop, who has helped lead the organization since its inception in 2006, will be ensuring a smooth transition with Kurtis.

“I’m excited to have Kurtis starting soon,” says Paul. “He is an enthusiastic leader and faithful Christian who will continue to emphasize community building at Streams of Hope.”

Kurtis is a native of Caledonia, Michigan and lives in Grand Rapids with his wife and young daughter. He spent the past 15 years as a brand and marketing strategist, most recently as the Marketing Director for Nexstar Media, the parent organization for WOOD TV8 locally. Kurtis holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State in Communications and Media, and has been instrumental in planning and promoting the popular Maranda Park Parties in West Michigan. His background in communication and strategic planning is a wonderful fit for Streams of Hope, which has been a staple of the Townline community for the past 12 years.

“Streams of Hope is well established, and it’s just starting to build on a really solid foundation,” shares Kurtis. “I’m really impressed with what they offer and the good work they’re doing in our community, and I look forward to sharing that story with others.”

Our organization is fairly young, but we have been blessed with a significant, long-term impact on this community. Our focus is healthy schools, neighborhoods, and families. Through a variety of programs we touch almost 600 neighbors each month. Supportive services like the Food Center, an onsite medical clinic, fitness and cooking classes, and after-school programs for students help foster a healthier community.

Under Kurtis’s leadership, we plan to continue expanding our programs to reach more neighbors. In 2019, Streams of Hope had a $1 million economic impact on our community. We are looking forward to increased growth!

“God has truly blessed me with this incredible opportunity,” says Kurtis. “I am excited to bring my passion, experience, and fresh perspective to this amazing team of staff and volunteers. Together we’ll build upon Streams of Hope’s successful history of positive, sustainable change in our community!”

Looking for ways to get involved at Streams of Hope? Check out volunteer opportunities here and sign up for our newsletter here.

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A Bank of America Blessing https://streamsofhope.org/2019/12/17/a-bank-of-america-blessing/ https://streamsofhope.org/2019/12/17/a-bank-of-america-blessing/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 13:27:32 +0000 https://streamsofhope.org/?p=16836 We had an amazing group of Bank of America employees volunteer at Streams of Hope on this November. Their team did a variety of maintenance work indoors and out. They emptied flower boxes, raked leaves cleaned shelves and windows, mopped floor, and compiled receipts. They also presented us with a most generous donation of $5,000 for our […]

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We had an amazing group of Bank of America employees volunteer at Streams of Hope on this November. Their team did a variety of maintenance work indoors and out. They emptied flower boxes, raked leaves cleaned shelves and windows, mopped floor, and compiled receipts. They also presented us with a most generous donation of $5,000 for our Food Center, which supports 500+ families each month!

Bank of America has been a multi-year sponsor, and a great partner for our community. They routinely invested in Streams of Hope as an economic development organization for our neighborhood. Thank you Bank of America for blessing us with your generosity!

Check out some photos from their volunteer day below:

Looking to volunteer at Streams of Hope? We’d love to have you! See what kind of volunteer opportunities we have available here. 

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Streams of Hope, Tax Season, and YOU! https://streamsofhope.org/2019/12/04/streams-of-hope-tax-season-and-you/ https://streamsofhope.org/2019/12/04/streams-of-hope-tax-season-and-you/#respond Wed, 04 Dec 2019 17:11:44 +0000 https://streamsofhope.org/?p=16615 Tax season is coming up and we need YOUR help! Streams of Hope is looking for volunteers to prepare tax returns for lower-income families. Last year, our amazing team of volunteers was able to prepare a total of 109 tax returns, allowing community families to collect almost $200,000 in refunds, credits, and avoided fees. In […]

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Tax season is coming up and we need YOUR help! Streams of Hope is looking for volunteers to prepare tax returns for lower-income families. Last year, our amazing team of volunteers was able to prepare a total of 109 tax returns, allowing community families to collect almost $200,000 in refunds, credits, and avoided fees. In addition, filing taxes can help reduce poverty, promote work, and even improve the school performance of children. 

This year, Streams of Hope is calling upon the help of our community once again. Will you help? You don’t need any previous experience to be a Volunteer Tax Preparer – United Way will train you. They provide free training materials, support, and equipment for this team of about eight volunteers. Training sessions are in December and January and tax preparations will begin from February until April. Refer to the flyer below to get details on specific dates.

Tom Bulten, our VITA liaison, calls this an opportunity to “strengthen families and communities.” Contact him at bultentom@gmail.com for more information. 

 

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Join us for the Chick-fil-a Fundraiser on Tuesday, Dec 3 https://streamsofhope.org/2019/12/02/join-us-for-the-chick-fil-a-fundraiser-on-tuesday-dec-3/ https://streamsofhope.org/2019/12/02/join-us-for-the-chick-fil-a-fundraiser-on-tuesday-dec-3/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2019 14:32:03 +0000 https://streamsofhope.org/?p=16657 Streams of Hope Spirit Night Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019 6:30am-10:30am and 5-7pm Come support Streams of Hope at Chick-fil-A Grand Rapids South! During event hours, a portion of sales will be donated back to our organization. Simply show this flyer to be counted and enjoy a night of food, friends, and fun with us. Chick-fil-A […]

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Streams of Hope Spirit Night
Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019
6:30am-10:30am and 5-7pm

Come support Streams of Hope at Chick-fil-A Grand Rapids South! During event hours, a portion of sales will be donated back to our organization. Simply show this flyer to be counted and enjoy a night of food, friends, and fun with us.

Chick-fil-A Grand Rapids South
616.656.6000
1545 Edgeknoll Dr SE
M6 and Kalamazoo

Mobile orders count, too! Just write Streams of Hope in the comments, and we will handle the rest. Be sure to scan your Chick-fil-A One App to earn FREE REWARDS!

 

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