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Homeless Youth program helps when no one else is there

For some people, being resilient is a way of life. As early as five years old, one Arbor Circle Homeless Youth client was removed from her mother who was selling drugs. During the course of multiple foster home placements and other times when she was physically and sexually abused, she was separated from her siblings and left completely on her own.

She dropped out of school in the 9th grade and ran away…again; staying with friends and other family members for short periods of time. She lived this way for years.

Pathways has merged into Arbor Circle

The Boards of Directors of Arbor Circle and Pathways, MI announced Pathways, MI has officially merged with and into Arbor Circle as of October 2016. As a result of the merger, Pathways, MI is now a program of Arbor Circle.

“We are for what this new venture holds for the organization and all those we serve,” said Arbor Circle President and CEO Jack Greenfield. “We will now be providing services to nearly 25,000 children, youth and adults in 11 counties across West Michigan.”

Pathways, MI to Merge with Arbor Circle

The Boards of Directors of Arbor Circle and Pathways, MI announced they have signed an agreement for Pathways to merge with and into Arbor Circle. The merger will complete a partnership between Arbor Circle and Pathways that started last year.

HHS Office of Minority Health awards Arbor Circle $1.78m in federal funding over 5 years to support re-entry programs

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Arbor Circle among the seven organizations to receive federal grant funding under a new grant program, the Re-Entry Community Linkages (RE-LINK) Program. Arbor Circle will receive $356,000 to support efforts to improve the health outcomes for minority and/or disadvantaged re-entrants, ages 18-26, in transition from jail to their communities.

2016 Annual Report

It is with deep gratitude to our supporters that we share this report of our impact in 2016.

I now see all the beautiful things that the world has to offer

It was common in “Sophia’s” house for there to be a lot of yelling and screaming.  Her mother’s untreated mental health issues created an unstable home environment and left Sophia feeling unwanted and belittled, creating depression and anxiety.  She was scared.  Eventually it got so bad that she was taken away by CPS and placed into foster care.

Arbor Circle and The Network Awarded Grant by Our LGBT Fund for New Collaborative Program

December 10, 2015—Our LGBT Fund at Grand Rapids Community Foundation recently awarded its first grant--$20,000—to a new collaborative project between Arbor Circle and the Lesbian Gay Community Network of Western Michigan (The Network) for a program that will help LGBT youth and families. Both Arbor Circle and The Network will work collaboratively to identify youth in need of care and to implement an evidence-based therapeutic program focused on The Family Acceptance model.

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for Arbor Circle's 8th Annual Spring Dinner! We enjoyed a wonderful evening celebrating Arbor Circle's 20th anniversary and honoring our organization's co-founders, Jerry DeRuiter and Mary Alice Williams. 
As we reflected on Arbor Circle's roots, we were also looking forward to the future. Thanks to our donors, sponsors, and volunteers, we are thrilled to announce that we surpassed our fundraising goal for the night. Because of your support, we raised the funds needed to complete the first two phases of our Enrich the Bridge project! We are so excited that we will be able to provide much needed upgrades to our facility to make The Bridge an even more welcoming space for the youth we serve. With the additional funds raised, we are also able to support our programming that serves nearly 22,000 individuals each year. We cannot thank you enough for your support!
Please feel free to view our video featuring Jerry and Mary Alice here.


Thank you to the following committees for your dedication to this event:

Spring Dinner Event Committee:

Diane Springett (Event Chair), Mimi Cummings, Holly Jandernoa, Helle Haw, Wendy Madden, Mary Miner, Matt Oudenyk, Kristi Poplin, Ali VanHaren

Honorary Committee:

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Carol Sarosik & Shelley Padnos (2016 Honorees), Laurie Beard (2015 Honoree), Ben Emdin (2014 Honoree), Lew Chamberlin (2013 Honoree), Susan Broman (2012 Honoree)

Host Committee:

Pat Allen & Mark Miller, Betsy Artz, Michelle & Dave Bottrall, Shirley DeRuiter, Anne Hagen, Lee Nelson Weber, Cara Williams-Gardner


Gerald's Story of Resilience

Gerald was an angry and frustrated 16-year old who was in trouble. He was performing poorly in school and skipping frequently. He was fighting with his parents constantly, ignoring their requests and staying out late. After a fight with his parents, Gerald ran away from home and connected with The Bridge, Arbor Circle’s shelter for runaway and homeless youth. Our staff helped him work through the issues that were troubling him and repair the relationship with his family.