Local at Engedi

CARING FOR YOUR CITY

Around Engedi, showing up to care for our city is a big deal. Our Local Partners help us engage parts of our city that may be overlooked or vulnerable. By serving with them, we get to share the love of Jesus through relationships and demonstrate that love in tangible ways. It’s our hope that each person who calls Engedi home might consider taking their own next step of compassion.

In partnership with Feeding America, Engedi distributes food to anyone in our city and community who may need it. We hope that guests not only have the opportunity to receive food, but also feel cared for and encouraged through relationships with our Engedi Volunteer Team.

Gleaners happen on the 4th Wednesday of every month. The event starts at 5 pm at the Holland Campus.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

  • Truck Help: Unload, sort, and help to distribute food to guests
  • Cart Help: Help guests load their cart with groceries, unload groceries into their car, and pray for guests at their car
  • Relationship Builders: Hang out, chat with, love on our guests while they are waiting to go through the food line

HEIGHTS OF HOPE

Heights of Hope is a Christian Community Development organization nestled in the Holland Heights community. They are committed to the practice of Asset Based Community Development which means they rely on the skills and talents of neighbors and community partners to make their neighborhood even better than it already is. 

At Heights of Hope, Engedi is involved with the Circles Program which offers a holistic, relational approach to coming alongside individuals taking next steps out of poverty. Engedi also helps with mentoring youth and summer tutoring in the Heights of Hope neighborhood.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

  • Mentor: Be an on-going caring, positive role model for a student from the Heights neighborhood
  • Circles: An 18-month national program that empowers and equips families to move out of poverty and thrive. into their car, and pray for guests at their car
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KIDS HOPE USA

Kids Hope provides one-on-one mentoring for at-risk elementary students in our city. Engedi is partnered up with Waukazoo Elementary which means we get to love on students and teachers all year round. All it takes is one hour a week to make a lasting, positive impact in the life of an elementary student!

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

  • Mentor: Be matched with an at-risk student from Waukazoo Elementary and meet up during the school day for one hour each week. 
  • Prayer Partner: Be matched with a mentor and pray for them. 

GATEWAY MISSION

Gateway Mission is a shelter that seeks to meet the needs of homeless men, women, and children in the West Michigan area. They offer a wide range of Christ-driven services that address the root issues of homelessness to help restore and transform lives. 

From serving hot meals at the emergency shelter to mentoring an adult student in the addictions recovery program, there are many ways to get involved.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

  • Serve Meals: Help with meal prep and serving for guests at the MissionCart Help: Help guests load their cart with groceries, unload groceries into their car, and pray for guests at their car
  • Snack and Activity at Women’s and Children’s Mission: Bring an evening snack and kid’s game or activity for moms and children staying at the mission (great for families)
  • Mentor an Adult Student in the Gateway Program: Walk alongside a student living at the mission and attending the faith-based, recovery program.

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Around Engedi, showing up to care for our city is a big deal. Our Local Partners help us engage parts of our city that may be overlooked or vulnerable. By serving with them, we get to share the love of Jesus through relationships and demonstrate that love in tangible ways. It’s our hope that each person who calls Engedi home might consider taking their own next step of compassion.

Additional LOCAL Partners

Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates

Bringing stability to West Michigan families and communities through legal services, education, and advocacy.

Lakeshore Pregnancy Center

Loving and supporting people through life before, during, and after a pregnancy decision.

Community Action House

To provide area families and individuals with food, clothing, shelter, and the opportunity to build necessary skills to achieve a stable life.

Doors of Hope

Fostering space for ministries and non-profits to be able to build relationships, remove the barriers of generational poverty and crisis living, and encourage independence.

Love for a Child

Impacting the lives of children of trauma who have experienced different forms of abuse, abandonment, and neglect.

Compassionate Heart Ministries

Compassionate Heart Ministries is a fun, Christ-centered, and safe place for people ages 14 to 45 with mild to moderate disabilities to come, hang out, and make friends.

Mosaic

 Empowering foster and adoptive families by walking in community together.

YoungLives

Supporting pregnant and parenting teens through mentorship, community, and a life with Christ.