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New Enabling Residence to Open in June

2012-12-12

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New Enabling Residence to Open in June

By Stan Friedman

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (December 11, 2012) – Construction of a second enabling residence on the campus of Covenant Village of the Great Lakes is expected to be completed in March 2013 and open to residents in June.

Six high-functioning developmentally disabled women will live at Hope House, which will be operated by Covenant Initiatives for Care (CIC). Faith House, an enabling residence for men, was opened on the campus last February.

The seven-bedroom, seven-bath, ranch-style home will mirror and be located next to the first residence, says Ron Dixon, associate vice-president of outreach ministries for Covenant Ministries of Benevolence, which oversees CIC.

It includes a spacious family room, a completely outfitted kitchen, a two-car garage, and a backyard deck. The lower level has a two-bedroom apartment for live-in managers, who are available day and night. Residents live together, yet independently, in a supportive structure.

Hope House residents will enjoy the same 40-acre wooded campus as Covenant Village’s senior adult, and residents can access many of the community’s facilities as well. Covenant Village also offers its Faith House neighbors intergenerational, volunteer, and work opportunities.

The second home bears other similarities to the first. Separate $500,000 Federal Home Loan grants are helping fund both projects. The CIC track record of operating excellent enabling residences made obtaining the grant easier, Dixon says.

Donated labor and materials also have been critical, Dixon adds. Construction expenses, a handicapped-accessible vehicle, and other startup costs will total $860,000, Dixon says.

Despite an overwhelming need, only a limited number of residences for developmentally disabled adults exist, and wait lists are long. “As longevity increases in our society, the needs of a growing population of developmentally disabled adults far exceed the resources available—and those that are available tend to be secular in nature,” according to the Covenant Enabling Residences of Michigan website.

The Covenant Enabling Residences seek to provide a safe, caring environment for high-functioning developmentally disabled adults. Individualized, carefully monitored programs challenge residents to reach their potential through education, training, and the development of social skills.

In addition to Faith House, Covenant Enabling Residences of Michigan also oversees Mary’s House and Joseph’s House in Muskegon. One provides a residence for women and the other a place for men.

Applications for potential residents may be sent to Faith House, 340 Thornridge Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI 48504.

The first Covenant residence for adults with developmental disabilities opened near Chicago in 1994. CIC operates homes in three states. One is an intermediate care residence; the others offer supportive independent living services.

There are now six Covenant Enabling Residences in three states.

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Covenant Enabling Residence opens doors at Covenant Village

2011-03-18

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Covenant Enabling Residence opens doors at Covenant Village
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 18, 2011 – Expanding its outreach to developmentally disabled adults, Covenant Ministries of Benevolence and one of its affiliate ministries partnered to build Faith House, a Covenant Enabling Residence at 2510 Lake Michigan Dr., N.W., Grand Rapids.

Doors to the 7,243-square-foot home for high-functioning disabled adults opened Feb. 1, 2011 and welcomed six male residents.

Located on the campus of Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, Faith House is the first Covenant Enabling Residence built on the campus of a continuing care retirement community, Covenant Village of the Great Lakes.

“We are thankful for the support we received from the people in the Grand Rapids area. And we are grateful to Covenant Village for donating the land and for welcoming our residents into their beautiful community,” says Ron Dixon, CMB associate vice president/national director of special needs housing. “We hope this is just the first Covenant Enabling Residence we open in the Grand Rapids area.”

Covenant Village donated a little more than half an acre to build the seven-bedroom, seven-bath, ranch-style home. It includes a spacious family room, a completely outfitted kitchen, a two-car garage and a backyard deck. The lower level has a two-bedroom apartment for live-in mangers who are available day and night. Residents live together, yet independently, in a supportive structure.

As part of the Covenant Village family, Faith House residents can enjoy the same 40-acre wooded campus as Covenant Village’s senior adults. Faith House residents can access many of the community’s facilities. Covenant Village also offers its Faith House neighbors intergenerational, volunteer and work opportunities.

“We are happy to open our doors and provide a warm welcome to the newest members of the Covenant Village family,” says Richard Kline, executive director of Covenant Village of the Great Lakes. “Our senior adults have so much life experience and wisdom to share; and the residents at Faith House are filled with such love and joy for life. This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

The goal of Covenant Enabling Residences of Michigan is to provide a safe, caring environment for high-functioning developmentally disabled adults. Individualized, carefully monitored programs challenge residents to reach their potential through education, training and the development of social skills. In addition to Faith House, Covenant Enabling Residences of Michigan also oversees Mary’s House and Joseph’s House. Located in Muskegon, one provides a residence for women and another for men.

Covenant Village of the Great Lakes is a nationally accredited not-for-profit continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities Inc. on behalf of the Board of Benevolence of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Chicago-based Covenant Retirement Communities serves more than 5,000 residents at 15 retirement communities nationwide.

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New corporation will expand services to affiliates and churches

2010-05-01

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CHICAGO, May 1, 2010—Covenant Ministries of Benevolence created a new corporation called Covenant Initiates for Care (CIC) to structure the diverse services it provides to a growing family of small affiliate ministries.

With the new structure, CMB will be able to expand the resources available to the ministries; generate additional ideas for planning, funding and operations; and provide systems to ensure that the ministries are both accountable and sustainable. It will continue to provide financial reporting, fund development, strategic planning, marketing and board development expertise.

By marshaling the resources of CMB, Covenant Initiates for Care will help local churches start or expand ministries by:

  • Providing grants for small projects
  • Helping church committees develop ministries
  • Working with church groups to research and develop potential ministries

The existing Covenant Enabling Residences for developmentally disabled adults, the domestic violence ministry of Chicago’s WellSpring Center for Hope, the Children’s Home of Cromwell, Cromwell, Conn., and Covenant Children's Ministries, Princeton, Ill., will be administered under the new corporation.

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