- Remodel the former Rock Island restaurant—conveniently located nearby several businesses that can provide employment for the residents.
- Identify and hire Rock House Parents.
- Offer the young men a home with an abundance of opportunities, including:
- A permanent address: necessary for applications, obtaining a driver’s license, Social Security card and opening bank accounts.
- Provide them with life skills: budgeting, employment skills, cooking, laundry, and basic automotive maintenance skills.
- Provide assistance obtaining counseling support, if needed.
- Instill the ability and confidence to become independent.
An Initial floor plan design of “The Rock.” “The Rock” will include a suite for the house parents that includes their own living space, bathroom and work station. The home will have ample bathrooms, showers and living or recreational space. A kitchenette is available for simple foods and snacks while the large commercial kitchen will be used for meal preparation. The back can be used as a meeting and instructional space.
Scheduled Volunteer Work Dates
We need your help! The first step is lot of demolition, moving, cleaning, and all around hard and dirty work! But many hands make it easy! If you, your youth group, your church volunteer group, your work volunteer group, or a group of friends and family want to participate, simply let us know: email or call Founder Helen Zeerip to schedule. Typically a group is on site every Saturday morning. Call Helen at 616-836-7949 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The background and the need:
For seven years Grant Me Hope has been advocating, educating and marketing the need for more foster parents and adoptive homes for the ever increasing number of children and teens making their way into the foster care system – especially those foster children who are about to age out of the system alone and facing homelessness.
Today, we are aware there are at least EIGHT homeless aged-out foster children living in Holland, MI. One can only imagine the number of children who are unaccounted for, who are out there alone, homeless and living with little to no support. Knowing this, anyone who knows Grant Me Hope Founder Helen Zeerip would expect her to do something about it.
Housing everywhere is a challenge. There are not enough beds to support others experiencing homelessness, not to mention aged out foster children.
This is why Grant Me Hope will be embarking on a capital campaign.
Raising $1 million will enable Grant Me Hope to house homeless foster children who have aged out of the system and are alone. This capital campaign will fund two homes equipped with furnishings, appliances, and living essentials to include such things as kitchenware, beds and linens, and other daily living home and personal need items. The Grant Me Hope Homes will be supported by house parents who will reside in the home and serve as a loving, Christian support to these young adults.
The Grant Me Hope Homes will require that each resident have an individual plan that include goals and objectives based on the individual and their personal needs, gift sets and abilities.
Each member of the home will have the common goal of moving out on their own and becoming independent. They will have the confidence to do this knowing The Rock or the Grant Me Hope Girls Home will always be a place to call home, visit and to celebrate holidays and family time.
From the Heart of Helen Zeerip
“Homelessness really bothers me. In fact, it was homelessness that motivated me to start Grant Me Hope in the first place.
“Imagine being a child and your parents have failed you. You’ve been taken from what you’ve known as ‘home.’ You’re scared. You’ve bounced from foster family to foster family, or institution, and now you are aging out of the system with no one.
“Not having any family to guide you into early adulthood or if you do have family, they may not be a good influence, or even care about your well being . . . they are lost. Something needs to change.
“Grant Me Hope’s Capital Campaign is going to make a difference!
“These children don’t have to go out into the world alone with no one to love and support them. The Rock, the first home we will be opening, will provide the support that they need to build their security and trust, to get their drivers license, their social security card, learn how to fill out a job application, interview and to secure a job, as well as learn how to budget, do their laundry and cook. They will be provided with the support and tools to prepare them for life.
“They can be saved from human traffickers, gangs, and from a life of prison . . . they will have found a home!”