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EXODUS NEWS A Hand Up Not A Hand Out

September 2016

Men, Mission, Me

Exodus Education Program The Exodus Place Education Program was founded 2 years ago by Jim Thiel. He envisioned a program of assessments, guided practice and assisting the men to transition on by preparing them for the employment assessments and/or on to vocational education or college. On average 75% of the men score below high school level in math and nearly 40% are below that level in reading. Our program includes: 3 Steps, M-Tec, and Literacy, Enrichment & Tutoring. Three Steps to Better Employment is a program in which Jim helps the men make a better impression to get a better position with better pay. This is done by taking assessments in reading, math and thinking skills then reviewing and retaking until their skills meet what they are applying for. For M-Tec (Michigan Technical Education Center), the vocational side of GRCC, Jim provides tutoring for the WorkKeys (the entrance exam) as well as follow up as needed. Every Monday morning he transports for tours and enrollment. These certification courses take usually less than 6 months to complete allowing for a relatively quick earning potential. Jim is at Exodus 2 mornings and 3 evenings for literacy, enrichment and tutoring meeting each man where he is and providing the support and encouragement to improve. In order to provide the tools necessary for the men to succeed we need new computers and software that costs $75 per person to license. Please consider donating to this important program.

By the numbers: Current Occupancy: 107 Education: New: 15 Continuing Ed: 11 Med Room Usage: 69% Tele med Usage: 0 Meals Served: 3,410 Lbs. of Food In: 14,698

Lbs. of Food Out: 10,360 Donations Received: $ 2139.92 Thank-you!

The Month of August in Review: Thanks to the volunteers from Sparta United Methodist Church who helped give the exterior of our building a facelift!

In This Issue

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Spotlight on our Education Program

Month in Review

In the Spotlight

By the Numbers

Annual Fundraiser

In the Spotlight:

Contact Us

Mark VanDellen and his wife Ashley live and work in downtown Grand Rapids. Both self employed, Mark spreads his time between leadership development, team building and coaching, writing, public speaking and his own weekly video devotional, “Faith in Five”. Mark chases any sort of ball or flying disc and skies moguls while Ashley is the lead singer in the cover band “Raven”. Jim Thiel began the Education/Employment Program 2 years ago. He was born and raised in Grand Rapids then went on to college in Wisconsin and New York. He taught for 12 years in St. Louis, MO returning to Grand Rapids to teach at Catholic Central for 8 years and Michigan Works! for 12 years. He enjoys classic TV shows and reading. Eric Miller has lived at Exodus Place since August of 2011. He started working through work force development in both the front desk and celebrates 4 years in the custodial department this year. He enjoys listening to music (especially when he is working), foreign languages and working out in his spare time.

Thank You!

Give us a call for more information or to arrange a tour ! Exodus Place 322 Front Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI 49504 (616)242-9130 Visit us on the web at Donations are always welcome: Online, in person or via mail. Call for specific needs.

Our annual banquet was an amazing success! Mike Johnson was a dynamic speaker and Mark VanDellen kept the night moving. A HUGE thank you to the committee that created the vision and made the event happen. Watch for a full report and pictures in our next edition. Exodus Place

A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out

Men, Mission, Me


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