A nursing student cleans a house that will be a new home for a
family. Doors of Hope oversaw the project.
Kirkhof College of Nursing students paint a wall, volunteering as
part of their community health class.
Students were from Christine Plummer's community health class.
Grand Valley nursing students volunteered with a nonprofit
organization to help remodel a home for a family struggling with
poverty and homelessness.
The students were from Christine Plummer's community health class.
Plummer is an affiliate faculty member in the Kirkhof College of
Nursing and also director of the health clinic at City on a Hill,
which operates Doors of Hope, a community resource ministry.
“The clinic and Doors of Hope work very closely together, and we have
a lot of the same types of clients,” Plummer said. “Both organizations
work with individuals to help get them out of the cycle of poverty.”
Terri Caldwell, executive director of Doors of Hope, said she was
proud of the way nursing students and other community members came
together to make this "Hope House" a reality.
“Pretty much every difficult thing that can happen to a family,
happened to this family," Caldwell said. "They had been
living in their car with their three kids for quite a long time. As we
got more involved, we realized that if we are able to provide them
with housing, and have a long-term relationship with them, we feel
like it could be really life-changing.”
Nursing major Julie Devries volunteered for the project. "I was
just really impressed by the way the community embraced this project
for the family who is going to be living there," Devries said.