Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen, a notable former owner of the Van Hoosen Farm, is a great example deserving of such recognition. A world-renowned surgeon in the late 1800s, Van Hoosen overcame significant challenges and criticism before launching her private practice – and she confronted similar challenges throughout her career.
Audrey Ann Wiggins led such an impactful, albeit brief, life that her parents decided to start an organization in her name to provide hope, love, and normalcy in support of medically fragile children and their families.
The benefits of leading a comprehensive program like Leelanau Outdoor Center manifests itself perhaps most prominently in the way kids come out of their protective shells. They learn to take risks, make friends, and be less concerned about perceived failures; it’s a real confidence builder.
One such organization is Huron Pines, a nonprofit located in Gaylord. Since 1973, it has focused on the environmental conservation of lakes, forests, and streams with the ultimate goal of protecting the Great Lakes.
Helping veterans transition from active duty back to everyday life is one of the greatest investments a community can make.
There are adages such as, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it,” that allude to the momentum it takes to achieve your goals. Executive director Lynne Scheible weaves this timeless insight and others into her leadership of Artworks Cultural Center, located in Big Rapids.
So many people loved the bag that in 2009 she started taking orders, and then opened a store on Etsy. She named her new business Better Life Bags.
Various nonprofit organizations and churches can now pay a small fee and receive access to household goods, personal hygiene products, and teaching supplies for free. The Storehouse distributes the goods, and World Vision replenishes the supplies as needed.
Wealthy Street Theatre has been a staple in the Grand Rapids community for as long as I can remember.
A man pleasantly chats with those nearby while he waits in line for his turn to shop at Kalamazoo’s Loaves and Fishes (KLF) food pantry.