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Grand Rapids Community Foundation grant allows Heartside Ministries to expand GED program
February 27, 2013 | WGVU Heartside Ministries started out as a small outreach
program for the homeless and disenfranchised people of the street. Located on
Division Avenue, today, the center holds a chapel, adult literacy and GED
classes, computer center, and a pottery studio. Thanks to a grant from the Grand Rapids Community
Foundation, the ministry is now able to expand its current GED program further
empowering Heartside neighbors through education and employment. Until now, the GED program has been able to meets
only two afternoons a week for two and a half hours. The grant allows the
program to now engage 10-15 students a day with one-on-one tutoring and
prepping for the GED exam. Teams of 4 to 6 educators aged 50+ educators meet
daily with students in a freshly painted yellow classroom complete with desks
and learning supplies. In the past, volunteer educators used whatever
space is available on a given day with material from a rolling cart.
The tutors provide one-on-one help to the
students as they prepare for exams. There is no cost for participants;
the GED consists of five exams at a cost of $25 each and is paid by Heartside
after students have passed a pre-test. Jamie
Lynn Rykse is one of the volunteer teachers. She knows what it’s like to
be homeless, was at one time incarcerated and still suffers the affects of
domestic abuse. She’s been able to transform her life with the help of
Heartside Ministries and is now paying it forward. “Most of my students are very diligent in their work, they're hard workers, we've got a triangle on the wall - they're moving up on the GED all star wall of fame and it gives them positive affirmation which they didn't have in their homes, I try to mentor them.”
of Jamie’s students, Kamau Akello Amani is clearly happy with his progress in
the classroom. “She is a very excellent teacher and I like her. She has helped me develop a love for math. I love math, especially algebra and equations, oh man, I love it, I love algebra and equations, I love it. I've been thinking of delving more into math, kind of like going toward being a mathematician.”
grand opening of the Heartside Minstries enhanced GED program and classroom was
attended by members of the public, staff and neighbors, and Grand Rapids
$32,000 project trims trees, helps restore Capitol grounds
Lansing MI March 30, 2015 | WGVU A $32,000 project is taking place to trim trees and help restore the Michigan Capitol grounds.
Police in Michigan use easy way to check vehicle insurance
Bay City MI March 30, 2015 | WGVU Police in Michigan are using an easy way to check whether a motor vehicle is properly insured.
Snyder orders flags lowered for 3 Marines killed in crash
Lansing MI March 30, 2015 | WGVU Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered that flags be lowered to honor three Michigan Marines who were killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Florida during a training mission.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 7 cents in past week to $2.41
Dearborn, MI March 30, 2015 | WGVU AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have decreased by about 7 cents a gallon within the past week.
Hundreds celebrate, 4 arrested after MSU Final Four advance
East Lansing MI March 30, 2015 | WGVU Hundreds of Michigan State University students and fans have gathered outside an off-campus apartment complex to celebrate the Spartans' victory over Louisville that advanced them to the Final Four of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
How to move beyond bias
March 30, 2015 | WGVU The 2015 Diversity Alliance Summit on Race and Inclusion was recently held at Grand Haven High School. Keynote speaker, Reverend Alvin Herring discussed how we can all learn to move beyond bias.
International surgeon joins Spectrum Health team
March 30, 2015 | WGVU A cardiothoracic surgeon known for his expertise in heart and lung transplants joins Spectrum Health’s Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center.
Grand Rapids gets $1M for cleanup at future research site
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. March 30, 2015 | AP The state says Grand Rapids is getting $1 million to help clean up the site of Michigan State University's future $85.1 million biomedical research center.
Court says lawyer's brief absence doesn't merit a retrial
March 30, 2015 | AP The Supreme Court says a Michigan man convicted of murder and armed robbery does not deserve a new trial even though his lawyer was absent for 10 minutes during the original trial.
Lawmakers take aim at antiquated, duplicative reporting requirements for schools
March 30, 2015 | MPRN State lawmakers could make big changes to how much and what kind of information schools are required to report to the state.
Businesses join Start Garden to boost interactive technology
Grand Rapids MI March 27, 2015 | WGVU Six businesses are joining western Michigan entrepreneur Rick DeVos' Start Garden venture capital effort to help boost the development of new interactive technologies.
Autopsies scheduled for Detroit children found in freezer
Detroit, MI March 27, 2015 | WGVU Autopsies are scheduled on the bodies of two children found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home.
Unvaccinated students told to stay home amid chickenpox
Birmingham, MI March 27, 2015 | WGVU Unvaccinated children at some schools in a Detroit-area district are being told to stay home from classes until April 14 after three cases of chickenpox were diagnosed.
Think Summer: Cottage & Lakefront Living Show
Grand Rapids MI March 27, 2015 | WGVU For many, there’s nothing like summer in Michigan. With signs of warmer weather ahead, the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show is primed to get Michiganders thinking of summer.
Chief judge encourages pursuit of criminal justice careers
March 27, 2015 | WGVU After fifteen years on the bench, Kent County district judge Sara Smolenski shares challenges and takeaways with women interested in criminal justice careers.
Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain
March 27, 2015 | AP Autopsies have determined that two children found dead in a freezer in their Detroit home were beaten to death, with the youngest child also suffering "thermal injuries."
Court of Appeals refuses to toss staffer lawsuit against lawmaker
March 27, 2015 | MPRN The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected a lawmaker’s attempt to use legislative immunity to fend off a sexual harassment lawsuit.
MI’s defense of same-sex marriage ban delivered to Supreme Court
March 27, 2015 | MPRN Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office has delivered the state's defense of its same-sex marriage ban to the US Supreme Court. The court will hear arguments in the case next month.
Union hosts exhibition featuring art created by Ford workers
Detroit, MI March 26, 2015 | WGVU The United Auto Workers union is hosting an exhibition of 90 artworks created by Ford Motor Co. employees across the country.
Inkster manager, NAACP set news conference on police beating
Inkster, MI March 26, 2015 | WGVU Authorities in the Detroit suburb of Inkster are planning a news conference to discuss the videotaped beating of a black motorist by white police officers.
Workshops offered on foraging for safe wild mushrooms
Traverse City MI March 26, 2015 | WGVU State-approved workshops are being offered this spring on how to forage for safe wild mushrooms.
Funerals set for Michigan Marines killed in helicopter crash
Warren MI March 26, 2015 | WGVU Funeral services take place this week for two of three Michigan Marines killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Florida during a training mission earlier this month.
Planned Parenthood GR office completes $2M facelift
March 26, 2015 | WGVU A $2 million renovation of Planned Parenthood’s Grand Rapids office updates everything but the exterior bricks.
House approves bill to cut welfare payments if kids persistently miss school
March 26, 2015 | WGVU A bill to end cash assistance for families with truant children has cleared the state House
Expanded services now available to Kent County veterans
March 26, 2015 | WGVU Kent County Veterans Services has a new home that administrators say will provide better access and delivery of services.
GVSU leads the nation in charter school authorizer accreditation
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. March 26, 2015 | WGVU Grand Valley State University is Michigan’s largest charter school authorizer overseeing 69 charter schools. Ensuring quality it completed an external review; the result? Grand Valley State University’s Charter Schools Office is the national leader in charter school accreditation.
Michigan House approves bill prohibiting drones for hunting
LANSING, Mich. March 26, 2015 | AP Michigan's House has approved two bills that would prohibit the use of drones by hunters and those seeking to interfere with hunting.
Michigan House approves bill changing concealed carry law
LANSING, Mich. March 26, 2015 | AP Retired federal law enforcement officers would be able to carry a concealed weapon in "gun-free" zones under a bill approved by the Michigan House.
Michigan's Snyder pushes tax increase before a 2016 decision
WASHINGTON March 26, 2015 | AP Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is fighting for one more accomplishment before deciding whether to run for the Republican nomination for president: Michigan's largest tax increase in decades.
Bills require schools, daycares to post vaccination rates
March 26, 2015 | AP New legislation would require Michigan schools and daycare providers to post their immunization rates online or in their building.
Michigan Senate votes to give judges a pay raise
March 26, 2015 | AP Michigan judges would get a raise under a bill moving forward in the Legislature.
Legislature takes aim at MEDC in budget proposal
March 26, 2015 | MPRN State lawmakers are taking bites out of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation budget. A Senate subcommittee just voted to eliminate state money for a business attraction program.
Endangered bird species to return to Great Lakes region
Grand Rapids MI March 25, 2015 | WGVU A wildlife expert says one of the state's endangered species will soon return to Michigan after spending winter in a warmer climate.
Michigan sheriff increases security after Louisiana attack
Freeland, MI March 25, 2015 | WGVU A sheriff says he's increasing security at MBS International Airport in Michigan following an attack by a machete-wielding man at an airport in Louisiana.
Cargo shipping season resuming on upper Great Lakes
Sault Ste. Marie, MI March 25, 2015 | WGVU Another cargo shipping season is underway on the upper Great Lakes.
Grand Rapids asks for Army Corps help to keep out lampreys
Grand Rapids MI March 25, 2015 | WGVU Grand Rapids officials are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to spend about $10 million for a new barrier to keep invasive sea lampreys from moving up the Grand River.
Sap run! Holland couple makes own maple syrup from scratch
Holland MI March 25, 2015 | WGVU It's spring and that means a Holland couple is making maple syrup.
Crowd Funding: Game Changer for Business
Grand Rapids MI March 25, 2015 | WGVU
So, you want to start a business? Or perhaps help out a person down on their luck? Ever think of “crowdfunding” as the way to go? At a recent conference at GVSU for women entrepreneurs the topic of crowdfunding was highlighted. A local strategist says crowdfunding is a major “game-changer” in the way we do business.
Grand Rapids task force takes holistic approach to crime
March 25, 2015 | WGVU Recommendations from a Grand Rapids crime and violence task force include proactive policing and law enforcement technologies such as ShotSpotter. But they also tackle underlying contributors to crime by focusing on youth, employment and mental health.
Bill would gradually lift electric company competition limits
March 25, 2015 | AP A Republican senator has introduced legislation to gradually lift Michigan's limit on competition for electricity customers.
Flanagan: Charter school authorizers no longer at risk of being suspended
March 25, 2015 | MPRN State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says seven institutions no longer risk losing their ability to open new charter schools in Michigan.
Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped its lowest point in 14 years.
March 25, 2015 | MPRN MI jobless rate drops to 5.9 percent.