- people on the move
Nonprofit relocates downtown HQ
A nonprofit that provides mental health education and awareness has relocated its downtown headquarters.
The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, or MHF, has moved from its 2,600-square-foot space at 107 Oakes St. SE in Grand Rapids to a 1,300-square-foot space at 349 Division Ave. S in Grand Rapids.
Jessica Jones, the program promotion coordinator for MHF, said there was a lot of wasted space in the old location, and the new one better fits the organization’s needs.
MHF is leasing the space from Dwelling Place. No brokers were involved.
The relocation project cost $6,000.
This is the organization’s sole office.
Jones said the new location is a more collaborative space than the previous office.
She said it gives the nonprofit more visibility within the community and will include a shop, just inside the front door, open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The other side of the front of the building is set up as a meeting space with fuchsia chairs to complement the fuchsia period at the end of the nonprofit’s “be nice.” logo.
Beyond the front area the offices. The entire main floor is open and visible to anyone within the building. The basement of the building is used for storage.
Firms on the project
Midwest Construction replaced the carpet, removed one of three private offices and handmade a swinging wood door for the steps leading into the basement.
Via Design measured the space and provided a handful of possible layouts.
Office Furniture Details disassembled the office furniture at the Oakes location and re-assembled them at the new location, based on the layout from Via Design.
Herman Miller donated $5,000 toward office furniture, which so far has been used for new office chairs.
Christy Buck is the executive director of MHF.
In addition to Buck, there are five full-time and two part-time employees, which include administrative and program staff. There are no plans for hiring.
The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan provides mental health education to student at more than 150 schools throughout West Michigan and beyond, reaching thousands of students per year through the “be nice.” and “Live Laugh Love” education programs, which were created and are taught by MHF staff.
The “be nice.” program is also taught within dozens of businesses and to hundreds of people through community events and presentations.