Click HERE to view a replay of this event.

Please join us on Wednesday, September 23rd, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  Due to the impact of Covid-19, our Gala is transforming into a virtual event hosted through the Gracious Grounds Facebook page.  A link to the event will also be available on the Gracious Grounds homepage.  While the format has changed, the purpose and goals of this event remain the same.  This evening is a collaborative effort to raise funds for the future development of Gracious Grounds and an opportunity to celebrate our residents, volunteers, and staff.

Gracious Grounds would not be possible without the support of individuals and businesses in our community.  Proceeds from this fundraising event will ensure that we are able to continue to provide safe housing and support for our residents at all three of the Gracious Grounds properties located in Grand Haven, including 25 additional residents welcomed in August to Lakeshore Flats. 


If you are unable to participate in the event but interested in supporting Gracious Grounds with a donation, please click HERE.


Mail Check to:

PO Box 393
Spring Lake, MI 49456


Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT


Facebook Live from the comfort of your own home.  A link to the production will also be available on the Gracious Grounds Homepage.

As a part of this event, we are hosting an Auction to raise additional funds to support the operations of the organization.  Items include local activities, gift baskets, and dining experiences all donated by our families, friends, and community supporters.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to support our residents by bidding on items of need and experiences to be donated directly back to Gracious Grounds. Visit the link below to register, and bid on available items.  Bidding will end at the conclusion of our live event.

A very special thank you to Eye Care One, who has generously offered to provide a matching gift of the funds raised through the auction.


Platinum Sponsors

Eye Care One

Coach Road Capital/Lakeshore Flats Apartments

Gold Sponsors

Brook and Chrystal Bisonet

Grand Haven Area Community Foundation

Leppinks Food Centers

Shape Corp.

Silver Sponsors

Baker Family

Bluewater Cabinetry & Designs

Chad Appold, CPA


Friends of Katie Cole

Heritage Properties

Ida May Home

Jeffrey Light/New York Life

Keith & Cindy Koonce

Kiwanis Club of the Tri-Cities

Klingel Homes

Larry & Laurie Mason

New School

Reenders Family

Ruwe Homes

The Shoreline Center

Werner Roofing

Westwind Construction


Bronze Sponsors

BlueWest Properties

H&S Companies

Lakeshore Orthodontics, PLC

Shoreline Pediatrics, PLC





GRAND HAVEN, MI, Monday, June 1, 2020 – Gracious Grounds, a Grand Haven-based non-profit housing organization for adults with unique abilities has hired David Burdo as its new executive director. The organization’s founder and most recent executive director, Sandy Baker, retired at the end of 2019. Burdo joins Gracious Grounds as executive director following a career that includes 15 years of leadership and law practice in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

A Kalamazoo native, David received a degree in Business Finance from Butler University, followed by a Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law. Following nine years of practice as an attorney, David most recently served as the Director of Membership and Marketing, as well as Interim Executive Director, at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA.

“We conducted a regional search for this position utilizing the expertise of HR Collaborative, a Grand Rapids- based consulting firm that specializes in nonprofit recruitment, explained Katie Appold, board president. “Given the scope and thoroughness of our search, it was a pleasant surprise to have David, a Tri-Cities resident and community leader, rise to the top. His professionalism and track record for serving this community are impeccable. We cannot wait to see how he furthers the mission of Gracious Grounds.”
Burdo is an active member of the Tri-Cities Kiwanis Club, serves on the Board of Directors with the People Center and Dunegrass Healing LLC, coaches youth hockey with the Muskegon Chiefs and is a graduate of Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce Leadership Connect.
“I am both honored and excited to join Gracious Grounds and to lead a passionate and dedicated team of staff and volunteers,” said Burdo. “I look forward to ensuring that we will continue to be a resource and meet the needs for our growing community.”


About Gracious Grounds – Established as a 501c3 in 2014, Gracious Grounds looks beyond limitations to create an environment that is affordable, friendly and resident-centered. The organization emphasizes life enriching activities and togetherness by promoting: community involvement, inclusion, employability skills and opportunities, daily living skills and spirituality. Gracious Grounds owns one property and master-leases two others, each offering a different level of semi-independent living for adults with special needs and serving a total of 15 residents, at the moment and growing to serve 50 residents in August, 2020.

Please visit for more information.
To schedule interviews or for further information, please contact:
David Burdo, Executive Director
Katie Appold, Board President

Download this press release: Gracious Grounds ED Announcement


We have room! Gracious Grounds is growing. Since 2014 Gracious Grounds of Grand Haven has been providing housing opportunities for people with unique abilities.
Now Gracious Grounds is just months away from move-in day in early May for 35 additional Residents at the newly constructed Lakeshore Flats apartment development at 17003 Lakeshore Flats Dr. (49417). We currently have 3 wheelchair accessible apartments available.
Each 2-bedroom/2-bath unit is 1,035 square feet. The master bedroom/bath features a roll-in shower and reinforced ceiling that can accommodate a mounted lift/track system. The common area space includes accessible modifications, in-unit washer & dryer and patio area. The second bedroom is a standard layout.
Residents will also have full access to the wheelchair accessible Clubhouse. Lakeshore Flats is located near shopping, eating, with transportation available through Harbor Transit. Gracious Grounds at Lakeshore Flats is not considered Low Income or Section 8 housing.
For further details and to apply call Gracious Grounds today 616-414-9209. Gracious Grounds looks beyond limitations to create an environment that is affordable, friendly and resident centered. We emphasize life enriching activities and togetherness by promoting community involvement, inclusion, employability skills and opportunities, daily living skills and spirituality.