Human Resources, Nonprofits, and Real Estate

Nonprofit hires executive director

April 27, 2018
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John Glover
John Glover. Courtesy Well House

A local nonprofit dealing with affordable housing has a new executive director.

John Glover began his new role at Well House this month.

Most recently, Glover served as director of the Open Door Program at Fort Street Presbyterian

Church of Detroit, where he worked in development and oversaw the annual distribution of $2.5-million worth of goods and services.

He has worked in several other human service organizations, including School Food FOCUS, the Alcoholism Council of New York, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies and Center for New York City Affairs at the New School University.

He previously served on the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council and the board of St. Christopher’s Inc. in New York.

Glover has a personal connection to the issue of affordable housing, having grown up in public housing in the South Bronx as a child.

“I am excited to join Well House — an organization that boldly challenges the major problem of homelessness and so doggedly pursues its solution with clarity of purpose,” Glover said. “’The solution to homelessness is housing’ is more than a philosophical framing. It is a declaration that social problems are, by definition, socially constructed — so too are the solutions.”

Glover assumed the role from Tami VandenBerg, who has grown the organization from three low-income houses to 14, with another to be finished shortly.

“I am thrilled with the board’s selection of John Glover,” VandenBerg said. “His commitment to human rights, harm reduction and good policy is inspiring. His fundraising abilities and his desire to work with anyone genuinely interested in ending homelessness in Grand Rapids will bring further growth and prosperity to Well House and to our tenants.”

Board Chairperson Derek DeVries said, “John was the unanimous choice of both the hiring committee and the board of directors. We’re confident he’s up to the challenge of continuing the monumental growth and operational excellence Tami VandenBerg brought to Well House. The board is ecstatic to bring his experience and skillset to Grand Rapids in service of ending chronic homelessness in the city.”

Glover has a master’s degree in urban policy analysis and management, as well as a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in behavioral and social sciences from the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School University.

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