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. Sat, 16 Feb 2019 03:22:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.1 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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Mouse’s Christmas Gift https://streamsofhope.org/2019/01/17/mouses-christmas-gift/ https://streamsofhope.org/2019/01/17/mouses-christmas-gift/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:01:09 +0000 http://streamsofhope.org/?p=11229 We are so grateful to friends at HarperCollins Publishers, who donated 80 brand new hardcover books to give to our students as Christmas gifts.

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by Kristi Cole

We are so grateful to friends at HarperCollins Christian, who donated 80 brand new hardcover books to give to our students as Christmas gifts. The books were published through Zondervan Publishing. The title was Mouse’s Christmas Gift by Mindy Baker.

This book was a great choice for our students because it tells the story of a tiny mouse who is able to spread the Christmas spirit through small acts of hope and faith, creating a chain reaction among the townspeople.

Some children unwrapped their book right away, while others wanted to take it home and share it with their family. One girl even commented on how pretty the cover was with the sparkly glitter! Some students were able to read the book immediately on their own; others received help from our tutors.

Gifts like this one truly communicate to our students that they are loved and valued. Thank you!

 

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Bookmobile Comes to Streams of Hope! https://streamsofhope.org/2019/01/15/bookmobile-comes-streams-hope/ https://streamsofhope.org/2019/01/15/bookmobile-comes-streams-hope/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:10:36 +0000 http://streamsofhope.org/?p=11246 All aboard the Bookmobile! Kent County’s very own travelling library is coming to Streams of Hope.

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All aboard the Bookmobile! Kent County’s very own traveling library is coming to Streams of Hope.

The dates scheduled so far are January 30, February 13, and February 27 from 4:30 – 7:00pm.

Volunteers from the Grand Rapids Youth Foundation will be assisting, and popular children’s author/artist and entertainer Kevin Kammeraad will be “the driver” for at least two of those dates. Look out for updates on Facebook and Instagram for more information!

The Bookmobile features books for ALL ages, magazines, video games, and even Wi-Fi and smart tablets available for use! We extend this invitation to everyone in the Streams of Hope community, but we would like to especially encourage parents and children of our tutoring program to come. Parents can visit the Bookmobile with their children either before or after tutoring.

The Bookmobile accommodates a small seating area, but all books are available to be checked out with a library card as well. If you don’t have one, the Bookmobile can issue cards right away!

Learn more about Bookmobile here. We hope to see you all there!

 

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Christmas Gifts https://streamsofhope.org/2019/01/10/christmas-gifts/ https://streamsofhope.org/2019/01/10/christmas-gifts/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 19:51:28 +0000 http://streamsofhope.org/?p=11223 16 kids came together last December to make ornaments, play basketball, and eat some delicious Chick-Fil-A. This, of course, was during our Middle School Christmas Party!

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by Paula Guikema

16 kids came together last December to make ornaments, play basketball, and eat some delicious Chick-Fil-A. This, of course, was during our Middle School Christmas Party!

Volunteer Jon Laue began the night with prayer. We then sang Christmas songs led by Steve Germany, Hillside Community Church worship leader. For many of our kids, this was the first time they had heard Christian Christmas songs. Despite this, they all enjoyed singing along.

Since no Christmas party is complete without gifts, we gave each student a book donated by HarperCollins Publishers. The variety of books ranged from devotionals to books about God’s promises.

On top of that, they were each given a $5 gift card to McDonald’s and a gift bag of candy donated by Women In The Word, a Bible study group from Hillside Community Church. This wonderful group of women had come to our campus that morning and put together 60 gifts bags, complete with a personal note on each.

Before the night was over, I told the kids, “Isn’t it amazing that so many people who have never met you, love you this much?” As the kids left, many thanked me and the other adults for a wonderful time!

It’s thanks to the generous contributions that we were able to host such a special Christmas party. Your donations contribute to our community though this and many other programs. See the full list of Streams of Hope programs here, and THANK YOU for your involvement!

 

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The People Who Make It Possible https://streamsofhope.org/2018/12/25/the-people-who-make-it-possible/ https://streamsofhope.org/2018/12/25/the-people-who-make-it-possible/#respond Tue, 25 Dec 2018 12:02:55 +0000 http://streamsofhope.org/?p=11099 Every year we come together to celebrate how God has used this ministry and to honor many of the people who make it all possible. Here are just a few of our favorite photos from this year's event!

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Every year we come together to celebrate how God has used this ministry and to honor many of the people who make it all possible. Here are just a few of our favorite photos from this year’s event!

We are so grateful for the friends, donors, churches, volunteers, clients, community partners, and other ministries that make this community center possible. And we thank YOU for being involved with Streams of Hope, too!

Please be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter – it only comes once a month! – to stay up-to-date with the latest from Streams of Hope.

And to all of these people – pictured or not – THANK YOU and Merry Christmas!

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Scott: NOW Healthy https://streamsofhope.org/2018/12/18/scott-now-client/ https://streamsofhope.org/2018/12/18/scott-now-client/#respond Tue, 18 Dec 2018 13:30:56 +0000 http://streamsofhope.org/?p=10917 Scott has been a faithful NOW client for almost 2 years, and his health has greatly improved because of it!

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by Barb Nauta

This photo is of Scott. Scott has been a faithful NOW client for almost 2 years; so faithful in fact, that he and his wife Angie drive all the way from Lowell to be involved in our group!

The Nutritional Options for Wellness (NOW) program is a healthy lifestyle change program supporting under-resourced adults who have one of three chronic diseases:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Chronic Renal disease.

The NOW program participants at Streams of Hope walk in our activity center or exercise with instructors from Spectrum Health. They drink coffee, share recipes, and are now excited to be able to prepare healthy food in our newly remodeled kitchen. An important part of our support group are regular Streams of Hope volunteers who shop with each member personally from our selected foods for diabetic clients.

Although Scott has had a few health/surgery setbacks, he has successfully lost 7 lbs., his low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) are significantly down, and his A1C (measure of blood glucose) is down to 4.9!

He is thankful to be feeling good! 

Learn more about our programs including NOW here, and sign up to volunteer here. To receive more positive stories like this one straight to you inbox, be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter.

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Kitchen: Renovated https://streamsofhope.org/2018/12/12/kitchen-renovated/ https://streamsofhope.org/2018/12/12/kitchen-renovated/#respond Wed, 12 Dec 2018 19:29:27 +0000 http://streamsofhope.org/?p=10827 Although we had an on-campus kitchen, it was originally built in ‘82 and was in dire need of a renovation to facilitate programs. Thanks to your help, we were able to do a remodel!

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After renovations, with appliances.

We here at Streams of Hope offer a wide range of programs, many of which rely on the kitchen as an invaluable resource. Although we had an on-campus kitchen, it was originally built in ‘82 and was in dire need of a renovation to facilitate programs.”

We asked for your help, and thanks to your generous contributions, Streams of Hope was able to begin the project! We teamed up with Turning Point Missions for general contracting expertise, and almost a year later, the kitchen was finished!

“We are so grateful to our friends at the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation who generously supported this project,” said Director of Development Sandi Nicely. “This is our first gift from them and we hope to maintain a long term relationship with them. The Cook Foundation is responsible for many projects throughout Western Michigan with a focus on Christian organizations making an impact in the community.”
She continued, “Peter C. Cook would often say, ‘I believe one of the reasons I’ve been so greatly blessed materially is to be able to help people and organizations that need help.’ ” What a wonderful sentiment, and we are grateful to see it in action!

After renovations, before appliances.

According to Paul Holtrop, the new kitchen was a huge improvement “for both style and practicality.” On top of the updated look of the kitchen, other exciting features include a second microwave, a dishwasher, and working drawers and cupboards. The kitchen is also ADA compliant, complete with accessible countertops, sinks, and appliances.

Not only does the kitchen look great, the transformed space will continue to promote growth within our community. The kitchen has already been utilized by our Cooking Matters class and a volunteer group after a work event. In the coming months, the kitchen will host several events throughout the holiday season.

Thank you all for your contributions and support this past year! We feel so blessed.

We invite you to see the new kitchen for yourself and explore our programs and volunteer opportunities.

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Don’t Miss SimplyGive! https://streamsofhope.org/2018/11/19/dont-miss-simplygive/ https://streamsofhope.org/2018/11/19/dont-miss-simplygive/#respond Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:20:53 +0000 http://streamsofhope.org/?p=10891 Streams of Hope is pleased to announce that we will be working with Meijer to spread some holiday cheer though their SimplyGive Campaign. This initiative helps us provide healthy, nutritious food to clients at our Food Center.

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‘Tis the season for giving. Why not “Simply Give?”

Streams of Hope is pleased to announce that we will be working with Meijer to spread some holiday cheer though their SimplyGive Campaign. This initiative helps us provide healthy, nutritious food to clients at our Food Center. Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to the 54th Street Meijer to pick up a gift card; you can locate these by the cashier’s lanes. Can’t make it to that Meijer? If you drop off cash at our Food Center, we will do the legwork for you!
  2. Tell your cashier that you would like to donate to Meijer along with the amount that you would like to give. The amount will be added to your bill, and Meijer will then match your donation.
  3. On our DOUBLE MATCH day (December 7th), Meijer will double the amount they give. That means that if you donate $10, a whole $30 will be donated to Streams of Hope!
  4. Meijer will then give Streams of Hope gift cards to their store to purchase food items for our Food Center.

The Food Center has become a resource upon which 450+ local families rely for supplemental food. Your donations mean so much them and our community. You can help us make this holiday season extra special!

 

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Having “Real Talks” with Students https://streamsofhope.org/2018/11/12/real-talks-students/ https://streamsofhope.org/2018/11/12/real-talks-students/#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 18:40:58 +0000 http://streamsofhope.org/?p=10803 As middle school students transition from adolescents to teenagers, they begin to face new problems. These issues can be difficult for those who have neither the setting nor vocabulary to express their feelings. This is where Streams of Hope’s “Real Talk” program comes in.

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As middle school students transition from adolescents to teenagers, they begin to face new problems. These issues can be difficult for those who have neither the setting nor vocabulary to express their feelings. This is where Streams of Hope’s “Real Talk” program comes in. Our bi-weekly program provides a safe space for students to freely discuss issues teens face today. The sessions typically consist of a lesson, an activity, and of course, some drinks and snacks.

During one of our sessions this past summer, we saw a movie about Samson from the Bible. By highlighting Samson’s mistakes, the students learned the importance of living God’s way.  

The students then wrote hurtful things people say/do to them, and the hurtful things they say/do to other for an activity. We then used a clean white shirt to symbolize our true identity in Christ – purified and guilt-free. To end the session, Pastor Ron Kool from Hillside Community Church spent time talking to the group, answering questions about God from the kids.  

The transitional period middle schoolers face is a crucial period for their development. It’s a difficult and confusing time, and our hope is to help guide students through our Real Talk program.

If this sounds like something you or your child might be interested in, please contact Paula at *protected email* for more information.

 

Want to get involved? Get in touch here to volunteer or provide a financial gift in honor of our student programs. Thank you for partnering with us!

 

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