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Our Westside Story

Posted by dwellingplacegr on August 2, 2019
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Our Westside Story, a Dwelling Place fundraiser, is a celebration of Dwelling Place, our growing impact, and collaboration on the West Side of the City of Grand Rapids.

Our Westside Story is a celebration of Dwelling Place’s efforts during the past decade to improve the lives of people living on the Westside of the city of Grand Rapids. It is a celebration of partnerships and collaboration with neighbors, local and state government, investors, lenders, and community institutions to ensure that quality affordable housing is permanently accessible for those who need it.

This event celebrates our response to a “Call to Action” initiated by Westside neighborhoods with concerns about the real impact that gentrification was having on affordable housing opportunities in their neighborhoods. With 116 new two and three bedroom apartments in some state of development across four housing communities, Dwelling Place is proud to acclaim that something grand is coming to Grand Rapids’ West Side Neighborhoods.

We also celebrate our roots on the Westside where we have provided housing for over 20 years. We presently own and operate three separate housing communities on the Westside, providing 105 homes for our Westside Neighbors.

Guests and supporters will enjoy a casual night filled with local music by Juan Daniel Castro Quintet , a strolling dinner, dancing, and silent auction featuring local businesses and organizations, all while celebrating the mission of Dwelling Place.

Event Details

5:30 Cocktails and Mingle

6:00 Welcome and Music

6:45 “Why the Westside” Video and Story

7:15 First Silent Auction Closes

7:30 Dancing and Silent Auction

8:15 Second Silent Auction Closes

8:30 Farewell

Our Sponsors 

Thank you to all of the organizations and families who have contributed to make our event a success. Your generous contribution in support of this event and the mission of Dwelling Place will have a lasting impact on the communities and individuals we serve.  

Interested in becoming a sponsor for Our Westside Story? Email Latrisha at 

Gold Sponsors ($10,000)

Buiten & Associates

Pioneer Construction 

Wolverine Building Group

Silver Sponsors ($5,000) 

Beene Garter


Chemical Bank

Hooker | DeJong

Orlebeke Mackraz PC

Bronze Sponsors ($2,500)

Choice One Bank

Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis 

Irwin Seating Company

Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) 

Northern Trust 

Sears Architects

Thomas & Sally Gleason

United Bank

Varnum LLP

Friend Sponsors ($1,000)

Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids

Genesis Nonprofit Housing Corporation 

Larry and Julie Titley 

National Equity Fund (NEF)

Neighbor Sponsors ($500)

Carmody Painting LLC

Christopher Bingham and Steve Recker

David Beyers & Carol Hoyt

Denny & Deborah Sturtevant

Destigter Architecture & Planning

Grand Rapids Public Schools

Founders Brewing Company

John Hunting

Independent Bank

Kim R.H. Cross In Memory of Bill Ronan

Powell Relocation

Progressive AE

Richard & Mary Stevens

Talcott Consulting

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