Hope 101 Ministry Inc. of Newaygo has received a $4,712 grant from the Great Lakes Energy People Fund. The grant has been used to remove broken, sunken concrete, replace sidewalks and enlarge the driveway at Anchor Home, Hope 101’s three-unit apartment home on Quarterline in Newaygo. The new driveway and sidewalks have improved the appearance of the home and the neighborhood. The cement work by AAA Concrete has provided more off-street parking and eliminated muddy and icy areas, which have been a hazard for Hope 101 program participants.
The Hope 101 Ministry Board appreciates members of Great Lakes Energy who support the People Fund by voluntarily rounding up their bills to the next highest dollar. The rounded up amount, which averages $.50 a month per bill, is distributed to non-profit organizations and charitable activities that benefit people in communities served by the cooperative. The People Fund has awarded over $3.3 million to local charitable groups since 1999. Persons who belong to the Great Lakes Energy Cooperative are encouraged to participate in this program of community support. Contact Great Lakes Energy at 888-GT-LAKES or visit gtlakes.com for more information.
Hope 101 Ministry is a transitional program providing housing to persons who are homeless while they work to become self-sufficient. The participants pay a program fee to live in the home. They must be employed, follow program rules, set goals, and work on them weekly. The program provides a case manager and mentors to support participants. In addition to Anchor Home, Hope 101 Ministry owns Mercer Home on W. Washington in Newaygo, which provides housing for a family with children.
Hope 101 Ministry was started by Family of God Community Church in Newaygo in 2015 but became an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2018. Grants and donations from churches, individuals, and businesses support the ministry financially. Volunteers from the community are always needed to serve as mentors, members of committees or the Hope 101 Board, and to help prepare units for participants, to do handyman jobs and landscaping. Interested in volunteering? Please call 231-652-1056 for more information.
Persons who would like more information about program participation can go to the web page www.hope101ministry.com, call 231-245-8877, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.