I am currently employed with an office furniture company in Holland, MI named Herman Miller. My primary role with Herman Miller is on a sales team that partners with representative of the company across various areas of the US and Canada. My responsibilities focus on selling Herman Miller product to higher education clients. I am also an active member of a giving board called Essential Human Needs, which operates under the umbrella of Herman Miller Cares. The focus of this board is to work with organizations that are coming to the aide of homeless youths nationally and globally. Being a part of this board has opened my eyes to the overwhelming need and barriers that have to be overcome for our youth to receive permanent housing.
It was an honor to join the 3:11 board in February 2016 to help my immediate community with this need. What particularly attracted me to 3:11 was the mentorship model of youth housing that they use. I believe that the basic need of housing can create the foundation for much growth. By providing both the foundation and the resources for these young people, 3:11 is creating a sustainable solution for this crisis. It has been a joy to work with them and I look forward to helping them further their goals including opening two new homes in the next two years.
My husband David and I currently live in Wyoming, MI and we enjoy playing tennis, hanging out with friends and family, and traveling.
Board Member B.S. Accounting and Business Administration
Accountant at KDA Accounting Services
I developed a passion for the homeless at an early age. I watched my mom selflessly love and befriend many homeless in Honolulu, just the way Jesus did. Fast forward 20+ years to when I first heard nearly 2000 youth experience homelessness in GR every year. My heart broke. I felt called to get involved.
I have been deeply impacted by this idea from Frederick Buechner: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” 3:11 is beautifully loving and walking alongside the homeless youth in Grand Rapids, providing them both belonging and safety. I’m thrilled to be a part of it.
I hold a dual BS degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Dordt College. I come with 10 years of accounting experience in small business as an accounting manager, controller and freelance accountant. I have also provided human resource support.I specialize in creating and sustaining sound accounting systems to ensure efficient and accurate financial reporting, which lends to effective decision-making.
Board Member Juris Doctorate
Attorney at Law with Miller-Johnson
I grew up in the Grand Rapids area before serving nine years in the Navy. After completing my time in the Navy, I returned home and attended law school. Upon graduation from law school, I began my career as a lawyer and ultimately accepted a position with Miller Johnson as a litigator. I am married and have three children.
I have a passion for solving the homeless epidemic in my hometown. As a Christian, I believe we are called to care for the homeless and orphans. 3:11 has employed a unique and effective model to serve the youth in Grand Rapids that have no home and need assistance. I am excited to have the opportunity, through 3:11, to serve and meet the needs of youth who are experiencing homelessness.
Board Member Masters in Education
Director of Youth and Children's Ministries at Genesis United Methodist Church
I have worked with teens for over 15 years, as a foster/adoptive parent and former educator. The 3:11 Youth Housing model is the best approach to addressing the needs of young people in our community, and I am honored to serve this organization.
Board Treasurer B.S., Supply Chain Management
Lead Sourcing Specialist at GE Aviation
I work at GE Aviation in our procurement group assuring that our outside vendors deliver product to us on time. I graduated from Michigan State University in 2009 from the business school and I majored in Supply Chain Management. I am the Treasurer with 3:11, which my personal finance, accounting, and corporate finance classes have helped me gain knowledge for my role.
My passion for youth homelessness started when I fully understood how big of a problem this is in Grand Rapids. I was in a small group in the summer of 2015 at City Life Church, and one of the main topics was that of homelessness and poverty. I prayed for a while about how I could be utilized to help eliminate homelessness, and shortly thereafter, the opportunity to join the board at 3:11 opened up.
I am really excited about the impact 3:11 is having on youth currently living in the 3:11 home, as well as the projected growth, and the impact we can have on many more youth in the Grand Rapids area. 3:11 is now partnering with several other organizations which will allow us to grow significantly in the next few years and to provide housing for many more youth.
Board President Masters of Public Administration
My educational background is in urban sociology and public administration, and I currently work as a Program Manager at the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance. I believe that housing is foundational. The demands of the modern world are steep, and we can only meet them if we have some level of stability in our lives. This means having a place to call home. Homelessness among young adults can be utterly debilitating, and its effects can ripple through an entire life, hindering one's educational, social, and professional endeavors. I love and support the work of 3:11 Youth Housing because it provides homeless young adults with a stable home and the support they need to grow, and ultimately to thrive.
Board Member Masters in Divinity
Co-Pastor at City Life Church
I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1998 with a degree in Christian Ministries and Biblical Literature. It was there that I met my wife, Christy. In 2004, I received a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. My wife and I are the founding pastors of City Life Church where we serve as lead pastors.
I also served on the ICCF board of directors, where I gained an even deeper understanding of homelessness in our community. Additionally, we've built friendships with several people who have been homeless in our church, but there is something particularly tragic about teenagers and young adults who aren't launching well into adult life. I believe that 3:11 Youth Housing has a strong model to support these youth as they learn the skills needed for healthy lives.
Board Secretary 3:11 Youth Housing Alumni
Patient Representative at MetData
I currently work in medical insurance, coding, and billing. 3:11 is a reflection of a dream I've had for a long time. I was homeless myself while in high school. During this time, I realized that many of my classmates were in the same situation, if not worse. I aged out of high school and was advised to get my GED. 3:11 helped me get out of homelessness, obtain my GED, and ultimately find my own place.
I have every intention of doing what I can to get as many people out of that world, in the best way possible. I believe that 3:11 is the best way to help young people in similar situations, and I look forward to continuing to make a lasting impact with the organization.
Board Member and Co-Founder Licensed Residential and Commercial Builder
Co-Executive Director at 3:11 Youth Housing
As a co-founder of 3:11, I have been passionate about youth housing since 2012. I have 15 years of experience in the construction trade, as a Michigan licensed builder and site supervisor. I have experience in both commercial and residential construction, along with experience in facilitating the administration of projects that utilize HUD and LIHTC funding.
I have lived in Grand Rapids since I was a child, and attended the Potter's House School from Kindergarten through 12th grade. I am passionate about working for transformation in the city of Grand Rapids, specifically in using construction, employment, and housing to bring about long-term revitalization. I am grateful to be a part of an organization that is making lasting change in the lives of young people.
Board Vice-President and Co-Founder Masters of Social Work
Co-Executive Director at 3:11 Youth Housing
I graduated from Calvin College in 2008 with my degree in Elementary Education and taught 3rd grade for 3 years in Grand Rapids. I later obtained my Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. I have experience in crisis counseling, case management, program development, and grant writing.
I first saw the incredible need for housing for youth through my work as Youth Director at City Life Church. Through collaboration with my husband, Jon, and young people themselves, the idea for 3:11 was born. I am passionate about creating and maintaining an organization that serves all people effectively. I love working for 3:11 because I get to see true transformation in the lives of youth. I am also passionate about collaborating with other organizations to more effectively serve this population.