Inside Track: Nonprofit director draws on development experience

The one-man powerhouse of Housing Next, Ryan Kilpatrick, is working to reduce barriers to the creation of housing at all price points, utilizing his experience in building bridges between nonprofits, developers and state and local authorities.

LIMA launches candle fundraiser for mental health nonprofit

The owners of a handmade candle company in Grand Rapids are now selling a special limited-edition product to raise funds for i understand, a mental health nonprofit.

Partnership aims to improve health through food boxes, lifestyle coaching

The Food Bank Council of Michigan is teaming up with South Michigan Food Bank and Grace Health to address food insecurity and encourage healthy lifestyles with the launch of the Grace Health Fresh Food Pharmacy in Battle Creek.

Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan makes board changes

A nonprofit that houses families with critically ill children in a homelike atmosphere has appointed its 2021 board of directors and executive committee.

Grand Rapids Chamber hires inclusion manager

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce created and filled the new role of inclusion manager on its talent development team.

Pediatric nurse launches trauma education program

A licensed family nurse practitioner in Grand Rapids, specializing in complex developmental trauma (CDT), launched Healing Connection, a trauma-informed resource for training and advocacy for childhood trauma-related education.

Residential recovery house opens in Kalamazoo

A new sober living home opened its doors for young men on the road to recovery from addiction.

Literacy Center named a finalist for $750K national education challenge

The Literacy Center of West Michigan has moved to the second phase of a $750,000 U.S. Department of Education challenge to advance pre-apprenticeship programs for adults.
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University of Michigan gets grants to study racial inequality

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan was awarded two $5 million grants to fund projects that focus on addressing racial inequity.

WMCAT teen artists partner with X-Rite and Pantone on social justice apparel

Teen artists from the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology and the social enterprise print shop Ambrose teamed up with X-Rite and Pantone to create apparel that addresses social justice issues in West Michigan and beyond.

Kellogg Foundation appoints director of New Mexico programs

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation chose a leader to oversee its charitable activities in New Mexico.

GRCC awarded $1 million grant to build diverse workforce

Grand Rapids Community College Workforce Training Department was awarded a three-year, $1,050,344 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support its Equitable Empowerment Through Career Pathways program.

Statewide board appoints Wedgwood director as president

The director of Wedgwood’s Autism Center for Child Development was appointed board president of the Michigan Behavior Analysis Providers Association (MiBAP).

Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area provides more relief grants

The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area made another round of grants from its COVID-19 Community Stabilization Fund.

Amplify GR promotes team members

The nonprofit Amplify GR elevated two key team members to roles of greater impact and responsibility.

Workers providing direct care face emotionally challenging task

In the face of the pandemic and a historical staffing shortage, direct care workers have continued to answer the call and care for older adults and people with disabilities.

WMCAT makes board changes

West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology appointed a new board president and added three new board members.

Dégagé Ministries director retiring; new leader selected

Downtown Grand Rapids homeless shelter Dégagé Ministries said Thursday that longtime Executive Director Marge Palmerlee will retire effective this month and a new leader was chosen to replace her.

CARWM campaign raises over $30,000 for children’s advocacy group

Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County was the 2020 beneficiary of the Commercial Alliance of Realtors West Michigan Cares Campaign, the alliance recently announced.

Treetops Collective addresses refugee mental health

A local nonprofit focused on building community and stability for refugees and New Americans is using federal funding to create a consortium of local experts to provide mental health services.

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