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NPO Showcase: Heartside Ministry's Bridging the Gap GED & Literacy Program

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Andy DeBraber and Jamie Rykse explain how Heartside Ministry helps Heartside Neighbors improve their reading skills and earn their GED

About NPO Showcase

NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations that improve the quality of life in our city and throughout our community. The program is a feature of GRTV and the Community Media Center, with producer and host Julie Way. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center website. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Julie Way.


This segment of NPO Showcase features Heartside Ministry, a place of healing and empowerment for people experiencing homelessness and poverty. Heartside provides this support through education, advocacy, art, and spirituality.

Andy DeBraber, Executive Director of Heartside Ministry, and Jamie Rykse, GED and Literacy Program Coordinator of Heartside Ministry, join us in studio to discuss the mission of Heartside and their new Bridging the Gap GED & Literacy Program. Heartside Ministry has offered adult literacy and GED courses for over 20 years, and has just become a GED Testing Center in order to serve more Neighbors. Andy and Jamie share their personal stories on why this work is important and talk about how being able to read makes such a positive impact on people's lives.

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