September 14, 2017
Check out the video we revealed at our 50th Anniversary Worship Celebration on September 12, 2017!
September 6, 2017
We’ve finished another summer of the Y.E.S. Program! After more than three decades, our summer program dedicated to youth employment is still going strong. This summer, our Y.E.S interns, Matt and Tim, hired ten students to participate in the 10 week program. These students, ranging in age from 14 to 17 and representing 8 different high schools, committed their summer to learning job skills, exploring opportunities for their futures, building relationships, and earning a paycheck! The normal work schedule for Y.E.S. was Tuesdays from 8 am – 1 […]
September 5, 2017
For five weeks this summer, families with elementary-aged children gathered at The Other Way Ministries to READ! From June 19 – July 27, families attended Reading WORKS Monday through Wednesday mornings, with a field trip each Thursday. Reading WORKS is focused on reading retention and improvement, as well as empowering parents to be a part of their child’s literacy. Each week this summer had a theme and a corresponding field trip: Week 1: Fitness | Rebounderz Week 2: Animals | Boulder Ridge Animal Park Week 3: Plants | Frederick Meijer Gardens Week 4: Nutrition | Dairy […]
June 2, 2017
On May 20, 2017 we hosted a Family Volunteer Day as a part of our year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration! Forty-two people gathered to clean, weed, rake, spread mulch, organize, move, sort, play, celebrate, and share lunch. In one day, volunteers gave 105 hours of service to The Other Way! A big thanks to all who volunteered, to Rylee’s Ace Hardware for donating the supplies for the day, to Vito’s Pizza for donating lunch, and to our generous sponsors – Aon, Haworth, Plante Moran, Varnum LLP, and Rylee’s Ace Hardware. Thanks to Breezeblocks Photography for capturing […]
May 22, 2017
My first summer as an intern at The Other Way, in 2000, I remember all of the interns taking a class with The Other Way’s founder, Dick TerMaat, called “City Seminar.” I was so inspired by what Dick had to say that I still have my notes! One of the things he shared with us was the concept of “Passing the Buck.” It goes like this: If you spend a dollar at Frank’s Market, chances are that the owner, Fritz, will use it to get coffee at Tim Horton’s and then Tracey, the manager of […]
April 22, 2017
Community Resource Center Volunteer Kenny Urena-Gonzalez has been invited to present his research on the Westside at HARVARD! Kenny began volunteering at The Other Way as a part of his Anthropology Class at Grand Valley State University in 2015 and has been a dedicated, hard-working presence in our Community Resource Center ever since! He will be presenting his research, entitled “Identity on the Westside of Grand Rapids: A History of Westown,” on April 30. Congratulations Kenny – and thanks for all you do!
November 8, 2016
I grew up in a small town, in an area much different than the Westside; in fact, the next town over was known for having more pigs than people. Even so, when I first came to The Other Way as an intern in 2000, it didn’t take me long to fall in love with this community. It struck me in a way I wasn’t prepared for – I remember two things distinctly. First, the neighbors on the Westside were incredibly “authentic,” a polite way of saying they were brash and open and honest. That was refreshing […]
November 8, 2016
The Other Way is in the midst of hosting its fourth cohort of SpringGR students – business visionaries, entrepreneurs, and business owners looking to take their trade to the next level. Launched in 2014, SpringGR is an entrepreneurial training that provides training, mentoring, and networking opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs from neighborhoods with few opportunities to develop a thriving business. Program Director Alvin Gray explains that SpringGR “takes individuals from conception to launch and provides them with personal coaching and mentorship during the process and for up to two years after [graduation].” The Other Way is […]
October 31, 2016
October 4 was the perfect evening for kicking off a year of celebration in honor of our 50th Anniversary! Thank you to all who showed up – neighbors, donors, partners, staff, volunteers, board, and more. If you weren’t able to make it, don’t worry! We’re just getting started. Find out more about what’s happening during our 50th year here. Take a look at some photos from the event below. Thanks to Dreams by Bella Photography & Video for capturing these moments!
September 29, 2016
We’re celebrating for the whole year leading up to our 50th anniversary, in Fall 2017. Find out what we have planned and how you can be involved, here!