Spring Pulse 22

Page 1



A Message From Our President... Merriam-Webster defines the word “forever” as the following: for a limitless time or at all times: CONTINUALLY. Several weeks ago, we celebrated with over 450 of our friends and family at the return of our annual Spring Gala. We were blessed with an amazing concert by our new friend, Brandon Heath and we also introduced our Forever Homes campaign. It is our goal for David’s House to continually (at all times) remains a haven of Christ-centered care for those who call this their home. We want the residents of David’s House to know that this is their Forever Home here on this earth. The Forever Homes campaign is a $4.5 million dollar campaign designed to assist us to accomplish this goal. This campaign is in addition to the annual $1.5 million needed annually to support our operations. As we move forward in this campaign, we plan to accomplish three goals. 1. Raise $2 million for two new homes. One of these homes (Pine Tree Lodge) has recently opened and construction costs were fully funded. 2. Raise $500,000 for much-needed campus/home improvements. As our homes age, we find the need to renovate bathrooms, kitchens, community areas, and roofs. 3. Raise $2 million to be used as a base to start an endowment fund. This fund will be used in the future to help offset our annual operating costs. We have been blessed with just over $2 million raised currently in this campaign and ask you to pray with us for the future as we work to meet this need. If you would like more information regarding this effort, please be sure to reach out to me.

Casey Kuperus, President

Our annual Walk/Ride/Run will be held on September 10, 2022.

What's Inside? Our Summer Concert Series starts on June 7, 2022! More details will be sent through email and posted on Facebook.

Page 3 Staff and Resident Spotlight Page 4 Spring Gala Recap Page 5 Forever Homes Initiative Page 6 Remembering our Friends Page 7 Grandville Friendship

Check out our AmazonSmile Charity List to purchase and donate the items we need and go through quickly! You may also use the list as a guide if you plan to purchase these items at another store.

Resident Spotlight

Our AmazonSmile Page helps you donate with purpose.

Meet Cindy! Cindy has been at David's House Ministries for over 10 years. She enjoys living at DHMIN in House Three. During the day, she enjoys drinking coffee, coloring, watching Star Wars, and spending time with the staff. Going to church and traveling with her father are some of her favorite things to do. She has traveled all around Europe with him. Some of her best friends at DHMIN are David D. and David W. They enjoy spending time together over their morning coffee. Her favorite time of year is Summer because she enjoys the outdoors and LEAP activities. She also loves the Fall and festive holidays. A quote she wants to share with everyone is, "may the Force be with you."


Staff Spotlight

Amazonsmile Charity List

Meet Craig! Craig started working at David's House Ministries in 2015 and has since become the Home Supervisor of House One. Craig graduated from GVSU with a degree in Health Science. He first heard of DHMIN from his mother and decided to apply; the rest is history. While at work, he enjoys building relationships and positively impacting the lives of the individuals he serves. The guys in House one are like family to Craig. For this reason, his favorite part about being a Home Supervisor is going on one-on-one outings with the residents. These outings allow him to get to know the guys more personally and have helped him create lifelong friendships. "Since working for David's House, I have learned not to take the small things for granted because they contribute the most in our lives," Craig said. When he is not at DHMIN, his priority is on being the best father he can be to his seven-year-old daughter. Some of Craig's hobbies are going to the gym, reading, and spending time with family and friends. A quote that inspires him is, "When life puts you in tough situations, don't say 'why me?' instead say 'try me,'" Dwayne Johnson. Volunteering is a great way to get involved with DHMIN! There are many different options, including playing games and going on walks with residents, spring clean-ups, and so much more! If you are interested in volunteering, please email volunteer@dhmin.org!

SPRING GALA RECAP Thank you to everyone who supported David’s House Ministries at our 2022 Annual Spring Gala. At the event, we announced that our family has expanded from 43 to 61 with the addition of Pine Tree Lodge and Grandville Friendship homes. We also announced our Forever Homes initiative, which is intended to help our commitment to growth, improve our current facilities, and add sustainability for longterm ministry at David’s House. We look forward to sharing updates on this funding initiative throughout the year. The night also featured musical guest Brandon Heath, who shared his gift of music with us. We are grateful for the over 450 people who attended our Spring Gala and look forward to all the amazing fellowship that will take place over the Summer months.


John Monk Family

Carl and Karen Dufendach


From the beginning, David's House Ministries has partnered with families, churches, businesses, and foundations to meet the ever-changing needs of our residents. For 35 years, as many of our residents' needs have changed, we have adjusted our current programs, staffing patterns, and added adaptive equipment to meet those needs. We intend to adjust our program to the individual when possible to enable them to stay at David's House forever, regardless of whether funding increases to meet these needs.



What will it take? WHAT WILL IT TAKE?

$4.5 M

While it can be challenging to meet a resident's changing needs, we believe that it is our responsibility to do all we can to ensure that David's House will be their home for the rest of their lives. Hence the reason for the Forever Homes Initiative. This $4.5 million Initiative involves Growth, Campus Improvements, and Endowment.


CAMPUS IMPROVEMENTS As our first homes age, the need for improvements grows. Kitchens and laundry rooms that may have served a resident's needs over 20 years ago are not set up ideally for a resident's needs today. We have identified the need to renovate the kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms in several areas. We are facing total roof replacements in the near future. Currently, over $150,000 towards this $500,000 need has been raised.

GROWTH Not a week goes by that DHMIN doesn't receive multiple phone calls from individuals looking for a forever home for their loved ones. We know that we need to continue to grow to meet this need. Our goal is to raise $2 million to cover the costs of building House 6 and House 7, creating Forever Homes for 12 individuals. To date, we have met our $1 million goal for House 6 and have raised one-third of the cost for House 7.

ENDOWMENT As care, labor, and building maintenance costs continue to rise, DHMIN is planning for the future with the establishment of an Endowment Fund to assist in these annual costs. Estate, designated, and a percentage of future capital gifts will be used to grow this fund for the future. Over $350,000 has been raised in the last 12 months towards this $2 million goal.


REMEMBERING OUR FRIENDS Our faith has offered us comfort and brought a message of hope during the losses we experienced in 2021-22. Amy and Ryan spent their time on this earth, filling people's hearts up with love and laughter. They both enjoyed spending time with their loved ones and friends at DHMIN. The DHMIN Family will miss them both. "For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 "Amy was a joy to be around. Whether it was belting it out to "Billie Jean", telling knockknock jokes, or talking about family - you could always share a laugh with Amy. I will miss the positive energy she always brought with her. Amy and her family will have a lasting impact on our David's House community." - Lisa "Ryan was such a friendly, outgoing man. He liked to be in the "thick of things" at DHMIN. From supervising construction projects, helping with fixing items in the home, to helping staff, Ryan was always there to lend a hand. Ryan was a caring person. He loved everyone. My favorite memory of him is when he would return home from volunteering and come in my office to talk about his day." - Ruth



Beth Vander Goot Casey Kuperus Chris Jencka Crystal Y. David C. David D. David W. Ellen Olefsky Greg N. Jim & Kathy Collins Jim Devries Joel M. Jon S. Jonathon Kloosterman Kerry R. Kim D. Merle Schaap Phillip Kuperus Samuel The Soper Family Tim Litton Uncle Tom, Uncle Hans, and Benjamin Warren T.

Alexa Lauren Tolsma Amy Woodruff Barbara VanderWall Cathy Schmitt Deb Ergang Don and Bernice Van Lente Elizabeth Mast George Gordon Dr. Howard Longcore James DeVries James Tamminga Jason Troyer Jean DeJong Jim Albin John Monk Kevin Heys Mark Worst Matthew Mast Paul William Buursma Ruth Ann Brog Ryan Oosterheert Skip Griffin




We are excited to announce that Grandville Friendship Homes is now a part of David's House Ministries! Similar to DHMIN, Grandville Friendship Homes has a long history of providing Christ-centered care to 12 residents through their two homes in Grandville. This endeavor is an opportunity that will enable both entities to become stronger together, connect us with new families who are passionate about our mission and build lifelong friendships through their forever homes. We are blessed to experience this growth, and we are excited to welcome the new residents and staff from these homes! Our Life Enriching Activities and Programs (LEAP) have expanded over the past few years! DHMIN residents now volunteer at Blandford Nature Center, Fulton Street Farmers Market, Beer City Dog Biscuits, Kids Food Basket, Hand 2 Hand, Roots Brew Shop, and Camp Geneva. They also work and volunteer independently at Carelinc Medical, Cracker Barrel, Fredrick Meijer Gardens, Ability Weavers, Samaritas, Brookcrest Nursing Home, Calvary Church, and Great Lakes Bindery. HAND 2 HAND



Volunteering for this non-profit is a great way for us to give back to our community!

Afternoons volunteering at Camp Geneva consist of great views and friends!

Our community loves being in the garden at their nature center and learning about sustainability.

2022 Board of Directors BOARD CHAIR CARL DUFENDACH











2251 Hope Grove Ave SW Wyoming, MI 49509-1966



Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.