JOIN OUR TEAM – NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR RESIDENT ASSISTANT AT LAKESHORE FLATS

JOIN OUR TEAM!

We are seeking an energetic, caring Resident Assistant to provide guidance and support for our community members with unique abilities.  Our Resident Assistants are responsible for being role models, mentors and friends, and creating relationships that are built on trust and respect.

This rewarded position promotes confidence and dignity for our community members located at our Lakeshore Flats property.  If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email david@graciousgrounds.org.

Click HERE to see the full Job Description

1st ANNUAL GRACIOUS GROUNDS CELEBRITY GOLF OUTING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EYE CARE ONE

1st ANNUAL GRACIOUS GROUNDS CELEBRITY GOLF OUTING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EYE CARE ONE

Gracious Grounds, Eye Care One & the Spring Lake Country Club are excited to welcome Amy Bockerstette, an American collegiate golfer and disabilities advocate with Down syndrome. Amy is the first person with Down syndrome to receive an athletic scholarship to attend college.

As a representative of Special Olympics Arizona, Bockerstette was invited by the PGA Tour to play the par-3 16th hole at TCP Scottsdale with professional golfer Gary Woodland and playing partner Matt Kucher during a Tuesday practice round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. After hitting her tee shot into a green side bunker, Bockerstette parred the hole in front of a roaring crowd, stating “I got this!”. The video capturing the moment has since gone viral, receiving 43 million views across various social media platforms.
Gracious Grounds invites any and all individuals, businesses, and organizations to participate in this event. The format will include a 4-player scramble, shotgun start, with on course games and prizes. Box lunches will be provided to all participants and volunteers, with hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and auction to follow the golf.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please email david@graciousgrounds.org if you are interested in being a sponsor.  All proceeds raised from this event will directly benefit Gracious Grounds and support their mission to provide housing opportunities to individuals with unique abilities within the Tri-Cities.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Click HERE to purchase your ticket for the Awards Ceremony, register your foursome or as an individual golfer and we can pair you up with others.

SOLD OUT!!!  $125 per golfer, includes box lunch, post golf hors d’oeuvres, auction & awards ceremony

$30 per person, post-golf hors d’oeuvres, auction, & awards ceremony.

DATE AND TIME

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Registration: 9:30AM

Shotgun Start: 11:30AM

Awards Ceremony: 5:00PM

LOCATION

Spring Lake Country Club

17946 N. Fruitport Rd, Spring Lake MI

Our Auction for the event is open to the public.  Click HERE to visit our ClickBid page and bid on our great auction items!

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

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

ART FROM THE HEART FUNDRAISER

ART FROM THE HEART FUNDRAISER

On Saturday, May 15th, Gracious Grounds will be holding a painting day for our community members in the Jumpin Java Courtyard (215 Washington Ave. – Downtown Grand Haven) from 10:00AM – 2:00PM.  This collaborative effort between Gracious Grounds, the Armory 2 Art Studio, and Klingel Homes will allow our community members to create original pieces of art to be auctioned off via “ClickBid.” 

All proceeds from this event will directly benefit Gracious Grounds and support our mission to provide housing opportunities to individuals with unique abilities within the Tri-Cities.

NO TICKET REQUIRED

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

DATE AND TIME

You can watch Art From the Heart come alive!  Stop by and see our Gracious Grounds community members create their one of a kind paintings on Saturday, May 15, 2021 10:00 AM – 2:-00 PM EDT

LOCATION

Jumpin Java Courtyard

215 Washington Ave., Grand Haven, MI

We would like to thank Klingel Homes of Grand Haven for sponsoring this event, the Armory 2 Art Studio for providing guidance and supplies, and Jumpin Java for the space to get creative in.

Following our painting event, works of art will be available for you to bid on via the link below (beginning on May 20th and going through May 24th).

GRACIOUS GROUNDS WELCOMES NEW RESIDENT SUPPORT STAFF

Gracious Grounds is excited to announce that we have added Faith Avery as our new Resident Support Coordinator.  In this part time role, Faith will be responsible for providing additional guidance and support for our community members along with assisting families in obtaining services and resources to support their independent living at Gracious Grounds.  Faith will not necessarily be providing direct support, but rather working to connect our community members with local service providers and opportunities.  She will also be meeting with our members and families on a regular basis to help identify those who might need additional assistance or identify opportunities for additional involvement within our community.  

We are so thrilled to have Faith join our Gracious Grounds team.  Prior to joining us, Faith has been serving as a Certified Employment Training Specialist and Social Coach with Social Incites, where she will continue to share her time.  In this role, she has been helping individuals to learn employment and social skills so that they are able to be successfully employed.  As a former Executive Director of a mentoring and advocacy ministry and as an Information and Referral Specialist at an agency for independent living, Faith has served many with unique abilities, connecting them to the resources they need to be successful and watching them as they transform their lives.  

Faith’s family consists of her husband, Russell, and their blended family of 5 children, as well as their playful yellow lab, Sparty.  She wants you to know that she has a heart for people who might be struggling, those that have been affected by difficult situations that they have found themselves in, those who have had difficulty “fitting in” and for those who just need somebody to sit, listen and care.

Having worked as a life skills coach to hundreds of individuals over the years, we believe that Faith has so much to contribute to Gracious Grounds.  Her ability to listen, encourage, develop trusting relationships, and connect individuals to vital community resources will serve both her and Gracious Grounds well in this new role.  

 

 

GRACIOUS GROUNDS ANNOUNCES OPENING OF LAKESHORE FLATS LOCATION, WELCOMES 25 NEW RESIDENTS

GRACIOUS GROUNDS ANNOUNCES OPENING OF LAKESHORE FLATS LOCATION, WELCOMES 25 NEW RESIDENTS

Gracious Grounds will celebrate the Grand Opening of its third location at Lakeshore Flats with a ribbon cutting and socially distanced car parade on September 10 at 4:00PM to welcome 25 new residents.  Friends, family and the community are invited to hop in their cars and wave hello to our new residents from a safe distance. Gracious Grounds will also be accepting donations from its on-line “wish-list,” which stock a pantry of necessities and goods to be available to residents.

With this expansion, Gracious Grounds, a Grand Haven-based non-profit housing organization for adults with unique abilities, has more than doubled its capacity from 15 residents to 40, with additional apartments available for future residents.  Mother to a new resident Bonnie Engers said, “Gracious Grounds at Lakeshore Flats is more than a new building complex.  Just ask my daughter, who lights up when describing her new home, her new friends, a new journey…this is a wish that every parent has for their child.”

Residents range in age from 20 to more than 60 years-old and are able to manage day-to-day living skills including medication regimens, personal hygiene, and cooking. Most residents hail from the West Michigan area, although we have some from as far away as Pennsylvania. For many, Gracious Grounds is the first home that they’ve lived in away from their parents.

“We believe that independent living for those with unique abilities is attainable,” said David Burdo, Gracious Grounds Executive Director. “The opening of Gracious Grounds at Lakeshore Flats expands on our mission to provide our residents with an opportunity to live a more independent life where they are able to socialize and integrate themselves into a welcoming community.”

Gracious Grounds successful living model provides light support from Volunteer Resident Assistants (RAs), who live at each of the three properties.  The RAs have full-time daytime jobs, yet also felt a calling to be an integral part of this journey.  They do not provide 24-hour care, but are there overnight, accessible for emergencies and when help is needed, and to spend personal time in groups or with individual residents during planned outings or spontaneous activities.

A great way to get to know what Gracious Grounds is all about, is to participate our annual signature fundraising event on September 23, which will be hosted on the Gracious Grounds Facebook page. Tickets and sponsorships are available at graciousgrounds.org.

 

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
graciousgrounds.org for more information.
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To schedule interviews or for further information, please contact:
David Burdo, Executive Director

david@graciousgrounds.org
Katie Appold, Board President
katie@domoregood.org

GRACIOUS GROUNDS WISH LIST

Gracious Grounds continues to accept donations to fill our community pantries at each of our 3 locations.  These items are available to our residents as needed and also used during our social gatherings.  Below is an example of items that we are in need of.

Household Supplies:

  • Paper towel
  • Toilet Paper
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Dishwasher tabs
  • Laundry Soap
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Trash Bags

 

Health and Beauty:

  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Bar Soap
  • Hand Soap
  • Body Wash
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Bug Spray

Craft Supplies:

  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Painting Surfaces- Canvas, Paper, Wood
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Stickers
  • Construction Paper
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glue-sticks, bottles, tacky

Games:

  • Uno
  • Skip-bo
  • Apples to Apples big picture
  • Apples to Apples
  • Playing cards
  • Sorry
  • Puzzles
  • Spot it
  • Tenzi

Other:

  • Play-doh
  • Coloring books
  • Craft kits
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disposable face masks

Party Supplies:

  • Paper plates
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Plastic Cups

Items can be dropped off at Gracious Grounds Despelder location: 1515 S. Despelder- Grand Haven, MI 49417.