You helped Latrice.

You have many options when it comes to your end-of-year giving, and we want you to give to the issues you care about. Our Community Investment Fund has a powerful impact on housing, food security, youth education, mental health, family crisis, and workforce development in West Michigan. 

Like so many young families, Latrice, Terry, and their two kids had a life full of activity. Their older child was busy with school and sleepovers, while the younger one was just starting to walk, and both Latrice and Terry worked full time. Life changed when Terry was involved in an accident and needed emergency surgery. Terry was out of work for nearly a year, and eventually, he lost his job. The family went from two incomes to one, and quickly spiraled into homelessness.

When they lost their home, where they had lived for five years, they lost everything and had to start over. "It was hard to leave a place that had so many great memories," said Latrice. “But, the hardest part about becoming homeless was not knowing where my kids were going to sleep.”

Our $200,000 Community Investment Fund grant to the Pathway Home program, an exciting and new collaboration between Family Promise of Grand Rapids and Mel Trotter Ministries, provides extra emergency shelter capacity for families with children who are experiencing homelessness – keeping them together and helping them to find and keep a new home. Latrice, Terry, and their children gained safe shelter, meals, assistance with finding a place to call home, and a path toward regaining homeownership and independence.

Every contribution to the Community Investment Fund stays here in Kent County – and every day, donors make stories like Latrice’s possible.

We need your support. Your contribution will help us meet immediate needs, find innovative and sustainable solutions, and build a better community for us all. If you are already a part of a Workplace Campaign, we encourage you to make your gift through your employer. If you are not a part of a campaign through your employer, please use the enclosed pledge form and envelope to make your gift. To learn more about how last year’s contributions made a difference in the lives of children, adults, families, and seniors in our community, read our annual report at www.hwmuw.org/unitedinservice.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.