Construction firm builds and sells home for nonprofit


The home in northwest Grand Rapids that Ver Woert Construction built and sold for the benefit of Dégagé Ministries. Courtesy Ver Woert Construction

With all the projects that West Michigan’s construction industry has lined up for the summer, it's no surprise there’s money to give back.

As part of a closing ceremony on the construction and sale of a recently built home in Grand Rapids, Ver Woert Construction will donate $35,500 to Dégagé Ministries, a Christian-based nonprofit in Grand Rapids that helps the homeless and disadvantaged.

The closing ceremony will be held June 23 at 3 p.m. at the home, at 4588 Gordonshire NW.

The call

The generosity by the Grand Rapids-based firm was sparked after owner Ken Ver Woert heard a sermon about using one’s gifts for God’s glory. That seed led him to announce in October that the firm would donate the proceeds from one of its housing projects to Dégagé.

“My firm and core group of subcontractors have been blessed with strong sales coming out of the recession, and it was in a recent sermon that it hit me: Perhaps I should figure out a way to use our God-given talents in a real way and give back to help others in need,” Ver Woert said. “So it was laid upon my heart to build a home and donate the proceeds to Dégagé.”

Price breaks

Ver Woert Construction was also supported by local vendors, who reduced construction costs on the house — a gesture Ver Woert said he was very grateful for.

Rare gift

“Degage Ministries is absolutely honored to be the recipient of the blessing that Ken, his company and his wonderful contractors are providing to the people we serve,” said Marge Palmerlee, executive director, Dégagé Ministries.

“As far as I know, this is the first time Dégagé, or perhaps any ministry in Heartside, has benefited in this fashion. This substantial gift will make a tremendous impact on our ability to transform lives and restore hope to those we serve. We are blessed to call Ken and Stephanie friends, not because of this gift, but because of their hearts.”

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