Our History

Since 1967, The Other Way Ministries has walked alongside Westown urban families as they strive to grow spiritually, relationally and economically.

Here are a few Ministry Milestones:

1967 The Other Way Boy’s Activity Center opens, inside Frank’s Market property, with $500 from Ninth Reformed Church. Rent is $160 per month.
1973 Dick Termaat is hired as first full-time ordained director
1975 Organized Westown United Neighbors
1981 Assisted in organization of Servant’s Community Church
1982 Expanded ministry and family camping
1985 Acquired Pattok furniture building at 710 West Fulton; purchased Garden site at 35 National
1988 Purchased Gold Ave Mission property – became TOW Activity Center
1989 Established Westown Jubilee Housing
1991 Food Pantry joined ACCESS of West Michigan as a Key Pantry Resource Center
1992 Christmas Store developed providing dignity to families
1996 Opened Czarnecki Child Care Center; collaboration started with Christian Counseling Center Project Hope
2003 Collaborations established with Weed & Seed, Michigan Works, Pine Rest, GVSU Kirkoff College of Nursing
2003 Lou Roossien begins as Executive Director
2009 Open Jean Czarnecki Family Center to focus on stronger, Christ-centered families
2011 The Other Way Legacy Partners is launched to reach the Westown area for generations to come.
2011 Wayburn Dean begins as Executive Director
2012 Community Resource Center renovations completed
2012 Proud Fathers Program launched, encouraging neighborhood men to be leaders in the home and community
2013 Activity Center & Wellness Center renovations completed
2013 PREP program launched, training parents to be their child’s first educator
2014 Kurt Reppart begins as Executive Director