Volunteers In Service was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation on November 13 by the Grand Rapids Housing Commission for the work VIS does placing volunteers in the many different housing complexes in Grand Rapids. The complexes include Mt. Mercy, Leonard Terrace, Hope Community, Ransom Towers, and Adams Park. VIS is honored to work with the Grand Rapids Housing Commission, and we are thankful for all the many volunteers who give of their time to serve in these complexes.
Pictured above is Bernita Tuingenga (second from left) and Debbie Jones (end on the right) accepting the award for VIS with some of the GR Housing Commission social workers with whom we work.
As a result of a gracious grant from Buist Electric in celebration of their 50th Year Anniversary, VIS was able to hire Zjanee (pronounced Sha neigh') Anderson part-time beginning Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Zjanee is a graduate of the Calvin College Social Work (BSW) program and was recently employed with MOKA, a social service agency that works with cognitively impaired adults to improve their quality of life. She was raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and met her husband while attending Calvin. She and her husband live in Kentwood and attend Encounter CRC Church on Kalamzoo Ave.
Zjanee brings to VIS great communication skills and a heart for people living on the margins. We are excited to have her join the Connection Team at VIS and look forward to her helping us connect churches with people who are needing assistance, friendship and support.
As referrals and connection requests have increased in this past year, we thank Buist Electric for this grant and for their commitment to help VIS help churches and their volunteers reach out in the name of Christ.
Volunteers In Service is celebrating becoming debt free after receiving financial gifts this summer to pay the last of its remaining debt. "We praise God for His generosity! Being debt free means we can now focus our donations to helping people in our community," said Craig Meyer, VIS Board President.
We celebrated this at our recent board meeting, and all thanks was given to God for His continued provision for VIS.
"...always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Eph 5:20)
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