Bethany Christian Services
Bethany Christian Services has been a campaign partner for the past two years. Last year, their Refugee Services division facilitated conversations about love and forgiveness with refugees from Burundi, Rwanda, Liberia and Somalia. This year, Bethany's involvement with the project has expanded to holding conversations with a campus wide group, and with employees from both the Foster Care Department and Family Preservation Unit. The facilitator of these group conversations is John Van Regenmorter, D.Min., M.Div. Director of Christian Life and Stepping Stones at Bethany.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth
A group of teenage students from the Club's Education/Career Development and Arts Programs will take part in a Digital Story Telling Workshop led by an area story telling expert and designer Andy Dragt.
These students will then take their new found knowledge to produce digital stories about what love & forgiveness means to them. They will also participate in a series of four conversations on forgiveness to be held at Grand Rapids Public Library.
Mission: to build the character of youth through recreation, education and positive community experiences in cooperation with the Grand Rapids Police Department.
Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids Junior College (GRJC) was founded in 1914. Today, GRCC's eight-block downtown campus, off-campus "Learning Corner" serving the East Hills and Eastown neighborhoods, and two Michigan Technical Education Centers in Holland, and Grand Rapids serve more than 15,000 students enrolled in more than 1,900 liberal arts and occupational courses. The diverse student body represents students from Kent and surrounding counties as well as students from across the U.S. and 22 other nations.
Mission: It is the mission of Grand Rapids Community College to provide the community with learning opportunities that enable people to achieve their goals.
Vision: Grand Rapids Community College is a vibrant institution of higher education dedicated to enriching people's lives and contributing to the vitality of the community.
Grand Rapids Public Library
The Grand Rapids Public Library was founded in 1871 and was originally located within the Grand Rapids City Hall. In 1904, the library moved to the Ryerson Building which served as a permanent home. In October 2004, the Grand Rapids Public Library celebrated their 100th year and presently serves the community through its eight urban locations with its extensive collections, data bases, and programming for all ages.
Mission: Connecting people to the transforming power of knowledge.
Vision: The Grand Rapids Public Library is our community's foremost source for information, viewpoints, resources and programs.
We are free, welcoming, flexible, and empowering. We inspire the public's trust through strong library service, transparent accountability, sound financial stewardship, and sustained productive partnerships.
Mr. Barry Lee Burnside, Program Coordinator of Dispute Resolution Services of Gryphon Place in Kalamazoo, is facilitating a series of group conversations during January and February 2009 at Kalamazoo Public Library. An expert mediator, Barry holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Westminster Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Gryphon Place, he worked with incarcerated adults in Georgia.
Mission: We connect people to information, resources, and support systems to assist them in resolving crises and meeting life challenges.
Kalamazoo Public Library
KPL has been a partner since the beginning helping to manage film screening and discussion events, and providing resource materials pertinent to The Campaign for Love & Forgiveness. Last year, they participated by exploring themes of love and forgiveness during their community wide Reading Together Program. Central to the libraries involvement are Lisa Williams, Reading Together Coordinator/Program Specialist, and Mary Doud, Deputy Director.
Independent district library with five locations serving about 120,000 people. Mission: Kalamazoo Public Library champions reading, ignites imagination and ensures access to information and ideas.