In January of 2012, a young man from their church youth group approached Jonathan and Lauren VanKeulen about opening a housing program in the city of Grand Rapids. Lauren and Jon had been praying that God would clearly show them the path for their next steps and had considered opening a housing program to respond to the need they had been seeing. When they heard from this youth, they couldn’t argue. Thus began 3:11 Youth Housing. In partnership with two youth from the youth group, the foursome began researching and developing a program model that would work best for youth experiencing homelessness in the city. 3:11 Youth Housing was formed directly from youth input and best practices across the country to become what it is today.