community building

Demystifying Permanent Supportive Housing

by (DwellingPlace)

Submitted 06-14-2023 under NONPROFITS

Dwelling Place’s promise to the community is to provide housing for all. However, meeting the community’s housing needs isn’t just about building more apartments and homes. While affordable housing is part of the solution,...

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Honoring Resident Leadership with the Larry Bratschie Award

by (DwellingPlace)

Submitted 01-20-2021 under NONPROFITS

“I want to be part of that voice of positive change in the neighborhood. I want it to improve for everybody.” The words of Daniel Drent, recipient of the 2020 Larry Bratschie Award, embody passionate and effective resident leadership,...

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Better Body Image Conference aims to start conversation about positive body image in Grand Rapids

by (conniex721)

Submitted 02-06-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The Better Body Image Conference aims to shape and redefine the concept of self and foster a positive body image by incorporating diverse definitions of beauty, cultivating positive speech around the body, and fostering self-compassion. The...

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Learn to support local refugees at "Do Good Well" event


Submitted 02-14-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

In the wake of the recent executive order calling for a temporary halt to the resettlement of refugees, the Refugee Education Center has received hundreds of calls and emails from community members interested in how they can support refugees in our...

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Just wrong enough: How swinging inside an ArtPrize house creates community

by (tfox)

Submitted 09-29-2015 under OPINION

In the past week I've had the curious experience of acting as a performer in Kate Gilmore's installation "Higher Ground", at SiTE:LAB's Rumsey Street Project. An entire house on the site of Rumsey Street has been transformed to...

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Long time Westsider works to build community as Union High School's new football coach

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 08-11-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Rick Angstman, recently hired as the new Head Varsity Football Coach for Union High School for Grand Rapids Public Schools, says his job as the football coach is not just passing along a love of football to the teens at Union- but is also a channel...

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GoSite helps welcome military veterans home with unique networking experience

by (GoSite)

Submitted 06-23-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

What does it mean when people say the GoSite is a “21st century welcome center?” That may depend on how you look at it. Or rather, where your imagination takes you when you visit the new downtown information sharing space. Designed...

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Story Matters: Eric Curry encourages positivity, community involvement

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 07-14-2014 under NONPROFITS

We build community when we share our stories - whether they be a memory, an experience or just simply telling what we think is great about this place. STORY MATTERS. is a story collecting project from The Rapidian and GRTV. The Rapidian's...

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Meet civic investor Derek Coppess: Investing in community creation

by (Holly)

Submitted 04-22-2014 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Derek Coppess wasn’t always interested in developing market rate apartments in downtown Grand Rapids. Before starting 616 Development and 616 Lofts, he had purchased over 200 duplexes as rental income and was living in Byron Center. “I...

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Rock the block in Southtown

by (benwilkoliver)

Submitted 06-04-2013 under NEWS

Two city blocks on Madison Avenue between Hall Street and Gilbert will be blocked off on June 15 to celebrate community and feature local food, giveaways and entertainment for all ages.   The annual event, organized by LINC Community...

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