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, 20 Apr 2019 15:37:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 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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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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