The Congregational Partnership Program (CPP) brings together the strengths of local congregations and housing providers to prevent and end homelessness in Kent County. The combination of financial and volunteer support from local congregations, the utilization of the strength-based Housing First case-management model, along with volunteer training and support of The Salvation Army Social Services, is improving the lives of families who are experiencing homelessness.

Through the CPP, we connect the faith community with individuals and famlies, putting relationships at the center. All involved in this ecumenical program are quickly rehousing families at a minimal cost by providing assistance with locating housing, short-term rental assistance, and follow-up case management with the support of caring volunteers from local congregations.


Ways to Engage

The CPP utilizes volunteers to support families experiencing a housing crisis. We would love to connect with you and find ways you can work with us to prevent and end homelessness. You can also contact us for inquiries on speaking at events about homelessness in our community. 

Contact Raechel Wrona – Congregational Recruitment, email here or call 616-454-5840 ext 3030

EDUCATE YOURSELF

  • Invite Rachel to speak about ending homelessness, one-on-one, or at a meeting.
  • Attend an Encounter CPP information Session to learn more.
  • Subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

PROVIDE ASSISTANCE

  • Donate $40 of bus passes or gas cards, so participants can get to job interviews and look for housing.
  • Create welcome baskets for families (cleaning supplies, kitchen goods and household basics) to celebrate their new home.
  • Donate first month's rent (average $700 for a family of four)

PARTNER WITH A FAMILY

  • Host a "One Day to End Homelessness" event, asking congregation members to donate the equivalent of one day of their own rent/mortgage costs.
  • Provide two Visiting Volunteers to walk alongside a family for six months (about 3-5 hours/month)
  • Donate 3-6 months of rental assistance for a CPP family (average $1600-$3500)

Learn More

Learn more about homelessness, read about the impact you can make, volunteer and participant quotes, and more on our 2016 CPP Info Sheet. 
Learn about hosting a "One Day to End Homelessness" Event.

 


Current Volunteer Resources

We couldn't do this work without the help of our volunteers. If you are a volunteer, click here for resources you need >>

 

NEWS FROM THE CPP

Ending Homelessness: Fast Facts
01 June 2015
Below are some facts about Housing First and Rapid Rehousing and why it's seen as a best practice.
Past Participant Spotlight: Melissa
07 April 2015
​This month, we are checking back in on the status of a family that was partnered with Messiah Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids.
Americorps Highlight
13 March 2015
Each year about 23 AmeriCorps members commit to a year of service at one of these locations through the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH).
Partner Spotlight: Messiah Lutheran Church and Partner, Melissa
19 February 2015
Messiah has partnered with a mother and her two children, doubling as a spiritual support and willing resource for the family.
Christmas Gifts from the Hindu Temple!
09 January 2015
We are grateful for several of our partners who have made Christmas extra special this year for many families.