Help & Hope
Lots of you have been asking how you can help our community as we continue to journey through this new normal. You'll find some ways to do that below. We'll keep this page current, so please, check back often. Everything you do for someone else creates hope!
Ways You Can Help & Be Helped!
Come pack with us! Cornerstone is hosting multiple Hand2Hand H.O.P.E. Packing Events during the 2020-21 school year at two Cornerstone Campuses: 84th St. (1675 84th St. SE, Caledonia, MI) and South Wyoming (2730 56th St. SW, Wyoming, MI).
H.O.P.E. Packing Events are where you sign up specifically to pack snack or breakfast kits that are then shared with Cornerstone and other area churches that have Hand2Hand ministries. These kits are then added to what each church also includes for lunch and dinner, and provides to kids.
Before signing up to help, make sure you read the COVID-19 H.O.P.E. Events Policy so you know how we plan to keep every volunteer safe!
The next HOPE Packing Event is Thursday, August 20, 6:30-7:30pm at 84th St.!
God has provided an opportunity for Cornerstone to give boxes of FREE, USDA fresh fruits and vegetables to anyone who needs or wants it!
WHEN: Thursdays, now thru July 30
WHERE: 3 Locations/Times:
- 84th St. Campus @4pm - 1675 84th St. SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
- South Wyoming Campus @4:30pm - 2730 56th St. SW, Wyoming, MI 49418
- Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center @ 6pm - 409 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
HOW: Vehicles line up and drive through the parking lots at each location to receive a box of fresh produce, for free!
WHO: The boxes are intended to bless anyone who can use them. (No names, addresses, or pre-registration necessary to receive food).
The food is being made available to us as part of an arrangement with the USDA to get food from farmers whose crops would be going to waste, and instead get the food to people who will use it!
To make this happen, Cornerstone needs people to help serve at the 84th St. Campus.
- Parking lot direction.
- Lifting 20 pound boxes into the trunks/vehicles that come.
- Possibly driving a load to a different location and unloading the food.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can receive the food? Anyone who drives in! No names or addresses will be taken. This food is intended to help those who can most use it, and everyone is welcome. If you're serving a Hand2Hand family this summer, please consider getting boxes for them. Cornerstone has made special arrangements with community partners who will come to get larger quantities of boxes, to take and serve people in other locations.
Can I pick up a box for a friend/neighbor? Yes! We encourage you to bless someone you know who can use this food! One box of food per household please.
How does it work? Enter the location of your choice via the parking lot, and follow the signs and/or the volunteers! NOTE: At 84th St., please enter via the 84th St. Entrance.
Do I have to sign up in advance to receive food?No, you can simply show up on the date of the distribution. If you’re one of Cornerstone’s community partners, please contact Tracy Bowers before distribution day.
Where did Cornerstone get this food? God provided this opportunity for Cornerstone to bless the community! The food is part of a USDA initiative to keep food from spoiling in farmers’ fields, and getting it to people who can use it.
What’s in each box? About 20 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. The combination of food can vary week to week.
Help With Midland Flood Relief
After two recent dam collapses, a devastating flood hit Midland, Michigan destroying homes, businesses and properties.
You can provide vital items residents need as they recover! We're collecting Cleaning Kits and Personal Dignity Kits. Assembled kits are preferred, but even one or two items would help. The PDFs below have all the information.
We do ask that you wear a mask and have clean washed hands as you assemble a kit, and while donating.
You can drop off kits and items at any Cornerstone location at these times now through the end of June:
84th Street Campus (1675 84th St. SE, Caledonia)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am-1pm
Heritage Hill Campus (48 Lafayette Ave. SE, Grand Rapids)
South Wyoming Campus (2730 56th St. SW, Wyoming)
Please Note: All drop-offs happen on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-1pm, at the 84th St. Campus (1675 84th St. SE, Caledonia, MI 49316).
Masks are still in high demand! The masks you help create will be shared with our local community (essential workers like grocery store workers, fire, police, EMS, elderly care community staff, etc.) as well as the Cornerstone family (children, elderly, immunocompromised, underserved). You can sew, donate materials, or help organize the effort.
Questions? Email Karen Baker at Karenb@cornerstonemi.org
If You Sew:
- You can use this pattern to make a non-medical mask if you don’t have access to elastic, substitute with fabric ties: Watch Video
- Here’s another easy, highly adjustable, non-medical mask pattern: Watch Video.
- You can make the non-medical easy, highly adjustable mask for kids with the size adjusted to 6 X 7 or 7 X 9. (Fast-forward to 10:19 in the video linked to below.) This video also shows you the proper way wear this mask (Fast-forward to 3:16 in the video linked to below.) If you do not have access to cording, substitute with fabric ties. Watch Video
Donations Needed for Mask-Making:
- 1/8” to ¼" white or black elastic. You may have some lying around in a sewing box or you can order online. If you order online, please order from a place that delivers in a week or two, not a month or more.
- New (unused), plain (non-patterned) cotton fabric in gray, blue, and black. A Target twin-size 100% cotton sheet makes a nice plain, non-patterned fabric donation if you can’t find fabric elsewhere. Many retail workers, first responders, and men prefer plain fabrics.
- New (unused), patterned 100% cotton fabric.
- Gardening wire or pipe cleaners, used in the nose bridge of masks.
Cornerstone Church and Family Promise have been community partners in helping to end homelessness one family at a time for over 20 years! Family Promise provides emergency shelter and basic needs to families with children. During this very unique situation with the COVID-19 virus, we can help by providing some essential items to families during their stays in hotels. Together, we can help ensure some of our most vulnerable populations are cared for during this difficult time.
Donations can be made directly to Family Promise, by appointment.
Family Promise of Grand Rapids
516 Cherry St. SE
- Gently used or new fans and air conditioners to help keep families safe and cool on hot days!
- Razors | Body Wash | Shampoo | Conditioner |Dish Sets (Gently Used is okay) | Pillows (new) | Pots & Pans (gently used okay) | Air Mattresses
For easy, hands-free delivery, please check out the Family Promise Amazon Wishlist @ bit.ly/helpfpgr
Thank you for helping to end homelessness… one family at a time!
Decorate a pillow case with words of encouragement, art, Bible verses, whatever you’d like! You’ll be helping to increase awareness of women’s homelessness in Grand Rapids. A great family and/or Life Group project!
Be a part of an art exhibit that will be featured at various galleries and events starting this fall to help raise awareness of the increase of women facing homelessness in Grand Rapids.
In 2003, Dégagé Ministries created new space for women facing crisis with the Open Door Women’s Center. Since then, Dégagé has served more than 5,000 individual women. On average, that is nearly 300 individual women in Grand Rapids fleeing from unthinkable circumstances per year.
Imagine a room filled with 5,000 pillowcases – one for each woman who has laid her head down in the Open Door Women’s Center. As you walk through the exhibit, you will hear women’s voices – women who have stayed at Degage in the Open Door – calling for help and thanking Dégagé for a safe and encouraging place to stay.
Any pillowcase can be utilized! Used, new, white, colored, patterned, etc. Be as creative as you desire! The overall theme requested is that the pillowcase include a verse, uplifting quote, or words of encouragement. Puffy paint, regular paint, sewn, permanent marker, embroidered, iron on, etc, the design and how you use choose to do that it is entirely up to you, the artist!
JOIN US TODAY by decorating a pillowcase with your favorite scripture, quote, or encouraging words and/or art.
Pillowcases can be mailed to Dégagé Ministries, or dropped off once the stay home order is lifted:
Dégagé Pillowcase Project
Attn: Bob Kreter
144 Division Ave. S
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
As part of the MIVOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters)is requesting help in supporting a local shelter. Specifically, there are looking for teams to work in a shelter in Grand Rapids.
The urgent needs are listed below. Masks, gloves, and hand washing stations are provided at the site.
This position is currently scheduled to be filled around the clock. The site ambassador is the site manager’s eyes and ears. You keep an eye out for things that are not right, needs that are not met, any safety issues (including anything that needs fixing), or any issues. You will walk around the site in pairs, and radioing back when needed. 12 hour shifts.
Assistant Site Managers
This position is currently scheduled in the evenings to help facilitate and manage reentry and other duties. This schedule can change with a discussion with the site manager to make sure everyone is on the same page. We’ll arrange a working schedule to accommodate those interested. Daily – 12 hour shift.
Cleaner / Maintenance
This position is currently scheduled for evenings, but can change based on the needs and availability of volunteers. Daily – 3 hour shift/ 2 shifts a day. 2 per shift = 4 people.
If you’re interested in any of the above, please get in touch with:
Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Michigan State Police
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Send Cards to show appreciation for volunteers or essential workers, to encourage people in isolation like those in nursing homes or generally struggling, or to celebrate occasions. Cards make a big difference in someone’s day! Email Karenb@cornerstonemi.org if you’d like to be part of this team.
If writing cards isn’t your thing, you can still help by donating stamps! Please purchase Forever Stamps in packs of 20. They’ll be used for sending the cards above. You can drop them off on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-1pm, at the 84th St. Campus (1675 84th St. SE, Caledonia, MI 49316), or you can mail them!
Donate $20 Gas Cards (for GAS ONLY, not general items) for Cornerstone families and others in need! $20 GAS ONLY cards can be dropped off on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-1pm, at the 84th St. Campus (1675 84th St. SE, Caledonia, MI 49316).
If you’d like to pray for the public prayer requests we receive, please contact Bill Schuurmans at BillS@Cornerstonemi.org to get on the email list. The prayer requests will be emailed to you each week.
Find Other Area Volunteer Opportunities at www.Michigan.gov/fightCOVID19 . Click on “Community Volunteer”, then “Kent County.”