We are excited that you are joining us at the Grand Rapids Dream Center Run for Hope on Saturday, May 12! The Run for Hope is an opportunity for runners (and supporters) of the Fifth Third Riverbank run to run for a cause and directly impact people in need in the city of Grand Rapids. There is an event for everyone depending on your comfort level: 25K, 10K, 5K or participating in the 5K Community Walk. Our goal as we come together as a community is to have fun as we build awareness and support. Why? Because every person in every situation matters.
Whether you are running, supporting a runner or you just believe in the mission and vision of the Grand Rapids Dream Center, we’re glad you’re here! Let’s join together and see each cause below meet or exceed its goal! We really are better together. To see the various causes, click on the grey bar and view the cause description and contribution form.
Also, we are pumped to have Fit Body Bootcamp joining us for Run for Hope again this year! Welcome! #bettertogether #bootcampstrong #runforhopeGR
What will you run for? Choose a cause below:
When you support the women’s mentoring and bootcamp cause, you are sowing directly into the lives of women in the city who are working to create a better life for themselves and their children. The mentoring program reaches women in various stages of life – many who are coming out of addiction, poverty, human trafficking, abusive relationships – and provides them with support and encouragement to move forward in their lives. Exercise gives women the opportunity to relieve stress in a positive environment and allows us to minister to the whole person – body, soul, and spirit. We are currently running bootcamp weekly at the downtown YMCA.
Your support will allow us to: expand bootcamp into other neighborhoods (Madison, Oakdale, Garfield Park), buy equipment, buy exercise shoes and clothing for women who don’t have any, continue deepening relationships through small group and individual mentoring time.
When you support the Men’s Mentoring / World Changers cause, you are directly impacting the lives of young men in the city who are taking steps to break the cycle of poverty and addiction in their lives. The World Changers program intentionally walks alongside and speaks into the life of each individual in the group and provides them with support and encouragement to make positive steps forward. They focus on instilling Kingdom values, job-readiness/placement, and being great role models so the young men can become great role models for the next generation.
Your support will allow us to: reach more men in the city through continued outreach efforts (City Men’s Breakfast, etc.), provide Bibles for men, continue deepening relationships through small group and individual mentoring time.
When you support the Power House – Kid’s Camp cause, you are making it possible for children in the city to attend Kid’s Camp this Summer. Kid’s Camp is an incredible camp put on by ResLife church each year. It gives children from the city opportunities to do outdoor activities they have never had the opportunity to do, be a part of a healthy community, and encounter the power and love of Jesus through intentional ministry time. Testimonies from kid’s who have gone to camp in previous year recount it as a life-changing experience for them.
Your support will allow us to: send children from each of our Power House locations to camp. The cost for camp for each child is approximately $300.
When you support the General cause, you are giving toward the overall vision and purpose of the Grand Rapids Dream Center. You are allowing us to continue building trusted relationships inside the communities of our city and lead people into totally committed relationships with Jesus Christ. You are making it possible for us to keep showing up each week by giving toward overhead and administrative expenses such as food (for community meals), vehicle maintenance, building rental, staffing, etc.
Your support will allow us to: expand our core ministries into more neighborhoods in our city.