Servants Center is praying that the Lord will raise up more "TRUSTED FRIENDS" volunteers to help with simple but important tasks for persons God has helped us get off the street and into stable housing. Servants Center has received and managed the monthly Social Security Disability income for several hundred formerly homeless persons. These clients are now taking prescribed psychiatric medications. They need help with shopping for groceries, going to doctor appointments, cleaning their rooms or apartments and in general, having people in their lives they know really care about them. TRUSTED FRIENDS is a wonderful way to share the love of Christ in practical ways. Training is available and all volunteers are closely supervised by Servants Center staff. And if you prefer to serve as a "Trusted Friend" team, just let us know.
Volunteers are also needed to help behind the scenes in the office, planning for events and in many other ways. Contact Servants Center to learn more.
HELPING TO LAUNCH OTHER INNER-CITY MINISTRIES
Servants Center has worked to help form several other non-profit organizations which serve the inner-city poor. These successful Grand Rapids agencies and organizations are also in need of volunteers:
COMMUNITY REBUILDERS . . . the area’s largest provider of transitional housing for homeless families. To volunteer or donate go to www.communityrebuilders.org
EXALTA HEALTH (formerly Health Intervention Services) . . . a medical clinic serving uninsured families from a state-of-the-art facility on South Division Avenue south of Burton Street. www.exaltahealth.org
URBAN FAMILY MINISTRIES . . . grew out of Servants Center and reaches hundreds of inner-city youth and families with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the south section of the inner-city. The headquarters of this ministry is a former drug house on Prospect Avenue which was reclaimed and renovated by SC. www.urbanfamilyministries.com
URBAN TRANSFORMATION . . . also grew out of Servants Center and targets youth in the north section of Grand Rapids’ inner-city. The down payment of this ministry location on Livingston Avenue was provided by Servants Center. Shafferutm@AOL.com
DORCHESTER MINISTRY . . . located in the predominately Hispanic southwest section of the inner-city; this outreach is our latest effort to establish a long-term ministry to low-income families. This location was renovated and provided to Dorchester House Ministries by Servants Center. Dorchester House Ministries combined with other local ministries in the area to form United in Christ Ministries. http://unitedinchristgr.com/
OTHER COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
We are working closely with the Grand Rapids Police Department for better coordination of emergency police responses to mentally ill persons experiencing crises in the community.
Servants Center is working to better coordinate community mental health services for the homeless. Servants Center has donated consulting services to the Board of Directors of Shepherds, a home for forty-three mentally ill persons who were formerly homeless. Many of the folks served by SC live at this unique facility.
Servants Center is a member of the Kent County Jail Diversion Committee, which works to redirect mentally ill persons arrested for non-violent crimes to treatment instead of incarceration.
THE WORK OF SERVANTS CENTER AMONG THE MENTALLY ILL HOMELESS IS UNDUPLICATED
Servants Center is the only Christian organization in Grand Rapids specifically targeting the homeless mentally ill.
Several good organizations offer shelter and other services to the hundreds of homeless people in Metro Grand Rapids on any given night. But to receive these services, persons must go to these agencies. In contrast, Servants Center goes out on the streets, day and night, searching for people sleeping under bridges and underpasses, in abandoned cars and buildings and in the woods along the Grand River.
Servants Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. All donations are tax deductible. To learn how you can give donations, click on the "Give" tab above.
Please pray for our small but dedicated team of workers and the hundreds of mentally ill persons we serve.
If your church or civic group is not familiar with the unique ministry of Servants Center, we would like to arrange a presentation. SC will gladly provide a reference list of churches and other groups where presentations have been provided.