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Challenges Become Opportunities & Blessings

While the last few years have had some fairly significant challenges for the Holland Deacons’ Conference (HDC), I have had the wonderful opportunity and privilege to see how God has met and continues to help us meet these challenges and bless the work of HDC. Some of the challenges we have faced became opportunities that turned into blessings. Let me explain what I mean.

During the past few years, as you may well know, the ministry of My Brother’s & Sister’s Houses (MBSH) has faced some very significant challenges. Some of these challengessuch as the sudden closing of Kandu in 2015—presented new opportunities for the men and women who call MBSH their home. One such opportunity was that of getting jobs in the community. As one resident, now working at Herman Miller, proudly exclaimed, “I have a real job now!  Other residents have jobs throughout the community in places such as restaurants, retirement homes, retail stores, etc. 

During the past few years, as you may well know, the ministry of My Brother’s & Sister’s Houses (MBSH) has faced some very significant challenges. Some of these challengessuch as the sudden closing of Kandu in 2015—presented new opportunities for the men and women who call MBSH their home. One such opportunity was that of getting jobs in the community. As one resident, now working at Herman Miller, proudly exclaimed, “I have a real job now!  Other residents have jobs throughout the community in places such as restaurants, retirement homes, retail stores, etc.  

However, while we are very grateful that most of the men and women living as MBSH now have jobs, none of the jobs are full-time and most residents do not work every day. For that reason, unlike when they all went to work every day at Kandu, every one of our five homes now has residents home at least two or more days each week. That has meant, among other things, HDC has had to provide and pay to hire additional qualified staff to be in the homes during the day…something which wasn’t needed when residents were not home.

The financial reality of meeting these challenges has resulted in an increase of more than $80,000 in the annual operating expenses of MBSH since 2015. This means that in 2019 the total projected operating expenses for MBSH will be $600,000. Nearly $400,000 of this will come from resident rent ($888 per month per resident) along with an amount from the state (approximately $220 per month per resident). That leaves nearly $200,000—approximately $550 per month per resident—that we need to receive from private contributions.

In closing, now that you know about this challenge, please prayerfully consider taking this opportunity to help turn this challenge into a blessing by making a year-end contribution in support of My Brother’s and Sister’s Houses.

Gratefully, 

Jack Kooyman, Executive Director

P.S. You can choose to make a secure online contribution right now from HDC’s website @ hdccrc.org/donate or send a check to: Holland Deacons’ Conference – 224 W 30th St. – Holland, MI 49423

P.P.S. In addition to MBSH, HDC also provides ongoing support and education for deacons in more than 30 partner congregations along with continued involvement and support of the work of our affiliate ministries, LakeShore Little Peoples and Buen Pastor Ministries.  If you wish, you may also designate a portion or all of your contribution to one or more of these ministries.