For seven years Grant Me Hope has been advocating, educating and marketing the need for more foster parents and adoptive homes for the number of children and teens in the foster care system - especially those foster children who are about to age out of the system alone and facing homelessness.
Today, we are aware there are at least EIGHT homeless aged-out foster children living in Holland, MI. One can only imagine the number of youth and young adults who are unaccounted for, who are out there alone, homeless and living with little to no support.
Housing everywhere is a challenge. There are not enough beds to support anyone experiencing homelessness, including aged out foster children.
This is why Grant Me Hope will be embarking on a capital campaign to open
THE GRANT ME HOPE HOMES.
1.) "THE ROCK" - a former business turned home to house up to 16 young men at a time. The old Rock Island Restaurant in Holland, Michigan, is currently being remodeled and should be open in 2023. This home is within walking distance of dozens of businesses that will be able to provide much needed work experience for the young men living here.
2.) "MACKENZIE'S HOUSE" - named for a young woman who had an incredible heart for others less fortunate. Mackenzie died too young. To honor her memory and empathy toward others, one girl's home will be named in her honor. Mackenzie's House is a former bed & breakfast, located in Fennville, Michigan. It will house 8 to 10 young women at a time, is surrounded by lovely gardens, and will allow for healing.
3.) "THE AMAZING GRACE HOUSE" - this home will provide on-site work experience, as the home GMH has purchased has a small business attached to it. This home is located near Downtown Allegan, Michigan, near many other employment opportunities. This home can prepare up to 8 young women at a time for a future of success and independence.
Raising $1 million will enable Grant Me Hope to house homeless foster children who have aged out of the system and are alone. This capital campaign will help Grant Me Hope open THREE homes, complete with furnishings, appliances, and living essentials such as kitchenware, beds and linens, and other daily living home and personal need items. The Grant Me Hope Homes will be managed by house parents who will reside in the home and serve as a loving, Christian support to these young adults.
The Grant Me Hope Homes will provide each resident with an individual plan that includes goals and objectives based on the individual and their personal needs, gift sets and abilities.
Every resident will have the common goal of becoming independent.
They will have the confidence to do this knowing The Rock or the Grant Me Hope Girls Home will always be a place to call home, visit and to celebrate holidays and family time.