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Community Spotlight: Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids – Steil Club

Today I visited with Patrick Placzkowski, Angie Stumpo and Taylor Crison with Boys & Girls Club Grand Rapids – Steil Club (B&G Club).

Patrick, Angie, & Taylor.

What really impacted me about my visit was touring the space on Straight Street in Grand Rapids where roughly 80 kids aged 6-18 meet every weekday after school.

These kids will receive snacks, dinner, and interaction with adults who care about them.

Many of these kids may not have positive interactions with adults.

The staff and volunteers of B&G Club are telling these kids on a consistent basis that they matter.

They have inherent value.

A Vision to Assure Kids That Success is Within Reach.

B&G Club states on its website that:

its Vision is “to provide a world class Camp and Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.”

Relationships Change lives.

I had originally met Patrick and Angie at a luncheon held at Mel Trotter Ministries, another community partner along with B&G Club serving the most vulnerable in our community.

I love this quote that is often spoken of at Mel Trotter Ministries – “People don’t become homeless when they run out of money. They become homeless when they run out of relationships.”

That is our job.

Being those relationships for the most vulnerable.

Not just “one-way relationships” but truly reaching out in community in a sustainable way.

Keep up the good work Patrick, Angie, Taylor and Team at B&G Club! B&G Club would love to partner with you if you want to learn more about the work they are doing in our community. I encourage you to check out their website.

Questions? Comments?

email: Jeshua@dwlawpc.com


Twitter: @JeshuaTLauka

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