Welcome to Heartside Ministry



 It is estimated that 5,000 individuals were homeless in Grand Rapids in 2012.


While there are shelters that provide a warm bed and daily meals, there is often a gap in consistent services and advocacy for those who are homeless and almost homeless, and those who are suffering with physical, emotional, and mental health trauma. Heartside neighbors* have many problems that reach beyond the lack of a safe and suitable home. They are often faced with many social disadvantages, unaware of available private and public services, and encounter barriers such as:


• Reduced access to health care and dental services

• Limited access to education

• Increased risk of suffering from violence and abuse

• General rejection or discrimination from other people

• Loss of usual relationships with the mainstream

• Not being seen as suitable for employment

• Reduced access to banking services

• Reduced access to communications technology


Heartside Ministry seeks to transform lives and our community by establishing relationships with our underserved neighbors so that they may experience long-term, life-altering success through our advocacy department (social workers), referral services, support groups, therapeutic art, education, and pastoral care.


Together with our neighbors, we provide a safe environment for people to enrich their lives and grow through worship & spirituality, GED classes, an online computer center, a gallery showcasing neighbor artists’ works, and studios for painting, drawing, pottery, wood work, and fabric arts. Art programs offer over 500 work sessions in any given month. This past year, neighbors benefitted from over 4,200 personal counseling sessions with staff social workers, counselors, and the pastoral care department; from accessing substance abuse recovery programs 4,000 times; and from visiting our Community Room nearly 2,000 times every month, including public restrooms and mail service for those who are homeless and have no address.


*NOTE: The people we serve are our “neighbors,” not clients or patrons or patients. Fundamental to our approach is the ability to live in solidarity with–and make common cause with–the people we affirm as our true neighbors.


We’d like to express our thanks to our 2014 gala guests for joining our circle of support at “The Art of the Heart Gala!” Together, donors and sponsors have donated over $65,000 in support of our neighbors. Thanks to each of you, we are all standing taller and stronger and moving forward together in amazing new ways, creating a world that is more just, more beautiful, and more compassionate.




If you would like to come down for a visit and experience Heartside Ministry personally, please call 616-235-7211. Our staff would love to show you around and introduce you personally to the amazing neighbors you are supporting.


A special thanks to our 2014 event sponsors:


Central Reformed Church, Grand Rapids


Studio Sponsors


Fishladder, Inc.


Loft Sponsors



Dianne & Len DeBraber

Jeanne & Ron DeWaard

Mitch Glover, Northwestern Mutual


Parrish Consulting

Spectrum Health


Easel Sponsors


Frances J. Boyden

Celebration! Cinema

City Commissioners Ruth Kelly & Rosalynn Bliss

Cornerstone University/Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

Dominican Sisters – Grand Rapids

First United Methodist Church

Jan Gockerman & Wendy Wenner

Rev. David Baak & Betty Zylstra

Mike & Katie Cuncannan

Senator David Hildenbrand

John P. Francis

Kendall College

Macatawa Bank

Merl & Ann Petzold

Porter Hills

Welch Dry Inc.

Wood TV8


Palette Sponsors


Syd & Mary Baxter

Ed & Ruth DeVries

Life International

The Micah Center

The Princess Society

Milt & Barb Rohwer