Helping Heartside neighbors discover their potential through arts, education and faith.

Our lives are enriched by people. We turn to family, friends and others when we need inspiration, encouragement or just a listening ear. This support gives us a sense of belonging. And that’s what we strive to do at Heartside Ministry — Welcome neighbors as they are no strings attached.

It’s a place to belong.

Since 1983, we have helped neighbors realize their worth and encouraging them to become who they want to be. This gives them the confidence they need to move on to other things. Rather than duplicating the food and shelter services that many organizations in the heartside neighborhood offer, we go a step beyond to help neighbors discover their potential through arts, education and faith. Through 25 programs and services, we help neighbors build the confidence they need to pursue a job, get an education, create artwork, find stable housing, stay clean from substance abuse or help other neighbors with similar issues.

Heartside Ministry

  • Serves over 100 neighbors daily
  • Offers 25 unique programs and services
  • Welcomes more than 20,000 community room visits a year
  • Provides over 4,200 personal counseling sessions annually
  • Volunteers serve nearly 12,000 hours each year

Wish List

Art Studio

Art/Nature books and magazines
Canvas (new and used, stretched or rolled)
Card Envelopes
Cleaning Sponges
Clipboards, wooden
Copy and construction paper
Drawing paper and pencils
Dremel Bits
Dry Erase Markers
Dry-mount press
Easels (table or floor)
Electric drill/screwdriver
Finished plywood
Folding tables, 6′ plastic
Frames and mats, with or without glass
Framing wire and nails
Glitter and Glue, all kinds
Hair spray (or workable fixative)
Hot glue guns and sticks
Latex house paint, primary colors, black, white (no oil paint)
Markers and Sharpies, all colors
Mat board and foam core, any color
Modge Podge and white glues
National Geographic magazines
Notebooks, lined
Paint brushes and paint markers, any size or color
Pastels, oil and soft
Pencils & pens
Printer Paper
Sandpaper, assorted grit
Scrap wood, not laminated (2-6′)
Sketch books
Small screws
Sponge brushes
Spray paint, all colors (also clear)
Tri-pod, professional (e.g. Bogen).
Watercolor sets
Wood carving tools
Wood for painting (anything over 6″), wood glue

Fiber Arts

Crochet needles and sewing needles
Fabric scissors
Sewing needles (hand & machine)
Thread, yarn


Pottery glaze (food safe, any colors)
Clay, low fire (or dry, we can re-use)

Computer Lab

Flash Drives

General Supplies

Cleaning products (bathrooms, counters, floors, windows)
Copy paper
Paper towels (2 cases/month [4000 multi-fold towels])
Toilet paper (40 rolls/month)

Hospitality Supplies

Bus tickets, Grand Rapids (or quarters for same – 1 ticket=$1.50)
Cell Phone chargers
Ceramic or Glass coffee mugs
Coffee (eight 48 oz containers/month)
Creamer (thirty-two 16 oz cylinders/month)
Drinking glasses
Business size envelopes
First Aid Items (band-aids, gauze, safety pins, soap)
Plastic bags, small with handles
Rain ponchos
Recycled/recyclable paper coffee cups
Small-size toiletries: deodorant, lotion, razors, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, etc.
Sugar (60 lbs/month)
Women’s personal hygiene products




Art Studio
Computer Room Monitor
Fiber Arts Room
Front Desk
GED/Adult Education
Pottery Studio
Building maintenance (light carpentry, electrical, painting, plumbing) monthly or on-call

Winter Gear

Long underwear
Sweat shirts