A faith-based nonprofit that serves homeless and disadvantage individuals in Grand Rapids has named its new development director.
Dégagé Ministries said this month it hired Brooke Jevicks for the role.
Jevicks said the position has existed for a while at Dégagé, but it was elevated to a full-time role when she was hired.
She primarily works on sustaining and developing donor relationships and corporate sponsorships.
“We serve 400 to 500 people a day here in the downtown community around Heartside,” Jevicks said. “People care about making a stronger community in Grand Rapids, and we can do that by transforming the lives of people who are here and by making it sustainable.”
She said it is rewarding to be part of the nonprofit, which is celebrating 50 years of service this year.
“What we do here is truly incredible….You can see on every floor of this building the joy and hope being restored to our community members,” she said. “We have an amazing team of people here, and it’s been a huge blessing to be part of their team.”
Jevicks brings several years of event management, development and communications experience to the organization, most recently with Make-a-Wish Michigan and previously at Grand Rapids Event Management.
She received a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from Grand Valley State University.
Jevicks said she is still active as a volunteer at Make-a-Wish.
“I still am committed to serving children and their families facing life-threatening medical conditions through the Make-a-Wish Foundation,” she said. “I serve on the Walk for Wishes committee and (as) a wish-granting volunteer.”
Established in 1967, Dégagé Ministries strives to reflect the love of Christ to all who come through its doors by building relationships and offering programs that foster dignity and respect.
The independent, ecumenical nonprofit serves disadvantaged and homeless individuals, including those struggling with addiction and physical and mental disabilities.