West Side nonprofit hires executive director


Scott Bloem. Courtesy The Other Way Ministries

A local nonprofit focused on community development has a new leader.

The Other Way Ministries, which works to strengthen the West Side of Grand Rapids through faith-based programs, named Scott Bloem as its next executive director, starting April 15.

He is taking the place of Kurt Reppart, who will stay on staff with The Other Way until May 5.

“Scott has a thorough understanding of and love for community development in the West Side,” said Amy DeVries Kramer, board chair, The Other Way. “He has a strong passion and commitment to faith and empowering our neighbors.”

For the past 10 years, Bloem has served as program director for TEAM 21, a city of Wyoming program that provides educational and support services to 15 low-income schools in Wyoming.

After receiving a B.S. in biology from the University of Michigan, Bloem taught English for over a year in Lima, Peru, starting in 2002.

He then worked for Grand Rapids Public Schools supporting English-language learners, later serving as a supervisor for the district’s LOOP after-school program.

Bloem has also served as the staff youth ministry director for Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church.

The nonprofit is hosting an open house to introduce Bloem and thank Reppart.

The event is on April 26 from 3-6 p.m. at The Other Way, at 704 W. Fulton St.

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