PULSE FALL 2021
DAVID'S HOUSE MINISTRIES WE EXIST TO EXTEND GOD’S LOVE AND FOSTER A COMMUNITY OF CARE TO ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.
BODY SOUL SPIRIT
2021 Walk Ride Run
Staff and Resident Spotlights
2021 Fiscal Year
Pine Tree Lodge
FOSTERING A COMMUNITY OF CARE SINCE JUNE 29, 1987
LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT - NOVEMBER 2021 Friends and Family of David's House Ministries, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." Thessalonians 5:16-18 Over the past year and a half, being joyful and giving thanks hasn't always been easy. COVID continues to change our routines and schedules and doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. As we prepare to walk into the future, we pray for the "new normal" to come. May our hearts be unified in God now more than ever. As I consider the last few months here at David's House, I can find numerous examples of joy, reasons to give thanks, and ways in which our prayers have been answered. First, I want to give thanks to the donors who stepped in and contributed over $15,000 to provide the residents of David's House with a large tent and a cement pad to put it on. COVID has shown us a need for a covered outdoor community space, and our new tent has been a daily gathering place for residents, staff, and employees. I give thanks to the dedicated staff that is here every single day, picking up additional hours during a time of being short-staffed and caring for our residents throughout the entirety of the pandemic. I see the joy of residents visiting with each other again, enjoying gathering outside in wonderful Michigan weather, and getting back into our community exploring and simply enjoying life. I see the joy of staff simply doing life with those who call David's House their home. We see prayers being answered as residents remain healthy, new staff joins our family, and we look forward to opening Pine Tree Lodge for six family members. In the coming months, we continue to pray and ask for your prayers for the continued health of all our residents and staff. We thank you for the gifts you have given of time, money, and prayer. We know that we cannot do this without you. You are a large part of the joy that we see here at David's House Ministries! Sincerely,
UPCOMING EVENTS GIVING TUESDAY NOV. 30 GRIFFINS FUNDRAISER JAN. 14 SPRING GALA MARCH 21
Casey Kuperus, President
2022 WALK RIDE RUN SEPT. 10
We are participating in The Griffins Throw For Dough. Buy your tickets from David's House, visit our Throw For Dough table at the event, and join us on Friday, January 14!
2021 WALK/RIDE/RUN OVER $135,000 RAISED We had initially set a goal to raise 125,000 dollars at the 34th Annual Walk/Ride/Run. Our community surpassed this goal and raised over 135,000 dollars. There were over 200 people in attendance. One of the event's highlights was welcoming the residents of our new home, Pine Tree Lodge. We were able to bless the house and join together in prayer. Events like this remind us of the many ways God is working throughout our community and mission. Thank you to all of our sponsors and everyone who participated in the event. With your support, we can continue to extend God's love and foster a community of care to adults with special needs.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS The DeJong Family David and Anne Cobb Carl and Karen Dufendach Boonstra Electric and Plumbing Arrowaste MBK Corporate Promotions
Meet Maddy! Maddy works in House 2 as a Home Supervisor and has been with David's House since 2018. She discovered our ministry after coaching some of our residents through a Special Olympics basketball team. Her favorite part about working here is the opportunity she gets to build meaningful relationships with each resident. She also enjoys doing activities with the residents and celebrating holidays and special occasions with them! They all mean so much to her, and she feels lucky to have them in her life! "Since working here, I've learned that it is okay to show emotions and be vulnerable with the people around me. House 2 has gone through a tough year, and I couldn't have made it through without the love and support of each resident and staff. We have become a family here, and I genuinely believe that it partially stems from having each other and holding each other during some of our most challenging times," said Maddy. When she is not at David's House, Maddy is attending Aquinas College and is majoring in special education with a minor in child development. Her hobbies include working out, going to local coffee shops, and hanging out with friends! She also plays college lacrosse, coaches Special Olympics basketball, and works part-time as a CLS aide. A quote that inspires her is, "She believed she could, so she did."
RESIDENT SPOTLIGHT Meet Kerry! Kerry has been with us, living in Willow Tree Lodge, since February 2019. Her zest for life and ability to persevere through anything with a smile makes her a bright light in everyone's day. Every morning when she wakes up, Kerry says, "I'm happy to be here." Her positive outlook on life is inspirational to both the staff and other residents. If you came to David's House, you would probably find Kerry baking, dancing, taking care of her baby dolls, or discussing Christmas with her friend Fred. Brownies are her absolute favorite dessert to make, and Christmas is the holiday she enjoys the most. She loves spending time with her mother, Elaine, and Home Supervisor Nicole. The motto Kerry lives by every day is, "Be happy." To say that she sticks to this mantra would be an understatement. David's House is beyond blessed to serve her.
When you give to David’s House, you’re providing quality physical, emotional and spiritual care for individuals with developmental disabilities. It’s your generosity that gives our residents an enriched quality of life.
2021 FINANCE REPORT
BARN DANCE On September 30, our community came together and hosted a barn dance under our tent. We had a lot of fun!
April 1, 2020 - March 31 2021
$3,650,000 Budget REVENUE
ALL CAMPUS ACTIVITIES Daily all campus activities include friendship, karaoke, crafts, cooking class, exercise group, dance parties, game days, Bible study, and worship time.
GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY
65% Care Services Income
19% Overhead Expenses
81% Wages & Benefits
We volunteered this year at Beer City Dog Biscuits. Roots, Kids Food Basket, Blandford Nature Center Farm, Hand 2 Hand Ministries, and Fulton St. Farmers Market.
The 2021 FY was full of surprises - from increases in overtime due to staffing shortages to increased expenses for PPE and supplies. However, we were blessed to see donation income increases, allowing us to make up for a $170,000+ over budget expense total. Knowing we have a supportive community and a loving God, we look to the future with optimism and ingenuity. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.
Your support helps us cover weekly expenses for things like this and more!
NOORTHOEK ACADEMY Ten residents attend a weekly class on GRCC’s campus. The course they were enrolled in this Fall focused on Italian culture.
43,900 Pairs of Gloves this Year 385 Loads of Laundry per Week
21 Gallons of Milk per Week
GIFTS IN MEMORY OF:
GIFTS IN HONOR OF:
Amy Clark Chad Doty Don & Bernice Van Lente Elizabeth Mast Eric Robleske Glenn Heys Ian Cobb Joseph Schmitt III
Austin Bok Cindy P Clyde Sarver David D Greg N Heidi Smitley Jim Devries
Kara Rogers Karin Schutter Kevin Heys Laverne Crowner Laurie Bok Marie Doren Marjorie Prose
Norma Chapman Phil Hoezee
Muskegon River Tubing Enthusiasts Jon S The Mast Family Paige Vander Goot Warren T Julie K Jimmy K Kim D Mary and Nels Devries Missy B
WELCOME RESIDENTS OF PINE TREE LODGE Please join us in celebrating Bethany, Julie, Kim, Linda, Sarah, and Sherry for moving into their forever home. We are very blessed to have the opportunity to serve this wonderful group of ladies. Bethany, Kim, Sarah, and Sherry are new to David's House. If you see them around campus, make sure you say hello!
HOW TO SUPPORT DAVID'S HOUSE Leave David’s House in your will or contact us about a Charitable Gift Annuity Support our sponsors and other businesses that support David’s House through a variety of fundraising activities Visit our website and sign up to give a monthly gift www.dhmin.org/giving Send in a request to volunteer
Visit our Friends at Roots Brew Shop and purchase a bag of David’s House Blend Coffee Visit smile.amazon.com to help earn David’s House money while you shop Visit our Charity List on Amazon to purchase needed items and have them shipped directly to us
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