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Nonprofit opens house for homeless
A nonprofit has opened a new house for homeless residents.
Well House opened the Grand Rapids home last month after a complete renovation to meet LEED standards. It is the nonprofit’s 14th house to combat homelessness.
The two-story, 1,400-square-foot house contains four bedrooms and 1.5 baths.
It will be a home for young adults ages 18-24 who live in shelters or on the streets. There will be one to two clients in each bedroom.
The $90,000 renovation was supported by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation LGBT Fund and The Wege Foundation.
The rehab project was managed by Well House staffer Jodi Smith, with technical supervision and architecture services from Peter Skornia of Bazzani.
An “army of volunteers” coordinated by Pauline Mitchell of World Renew provided electrical, carpentry, dry-walling and other services.
The new house is called Jodi's Hope in acknowledgement of Smith and volunteer Hope Bradley's commitment to the project.