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Neighbors helping neighbors on the Westside

Neighbors helping neighbors on the Westside

Nestled amidst the polish halls, homes, and churches of Grand Rapids' lower Westside stands Steepletown Neighborhood Services, a beacon of hope and help for those still needing their GED and other services.
 

Housed in a former convent at 671 Davis NW, Steepletown provides free GED assistance to students 16-24 and this is one of their most popular programs. It offers open enrollment year-round, not just July through June like other organizations. It also attempts to eliminate the barriers to education some students face. As of April 1, drop-in childcare will be available for the first time to those in the program.
Steepletown relies heavily on volunteers for the GED program's one-on-one mentoring and group tutoring. They offer weekly orientations to anyone interested in volunteering and they could always use more help.

Celebrate Made In Michigan Products and Cast Your Thursday Vote!

Celebrate Made In Michigan Products and Cast Your Thursday Vote!

Join us in celebrating Michigan products with the Made in Michigan Bracket Challenge. Click HERE to download the bracket.

Each day we'll have four matchups, one from each bracket, as we go through some of our great Made in Michigan products. If you don't know a product, you may want to search the products name in the search bar on the top of the page and check out a past Made in Michigan feature story that aired earlier.

Also, check our WZZM13 Facebook page starting March 25th for ways that you can win some Made in Michigan merchandise.

A new poll will be posted each day.

Plans for a new Forest Hills YMCA emerge

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids plans to open a new facility in 2014. A zoning application may be filed this week to possibly build a facility on the south side of Leonard Street NE, east of East Beltline Avenue across from Forest Hills Northern High School

Say "Hello From Grand Rapids" With New Postcards

Say "Hello From Grand Rapids" With New Postcards

Paul Jendrasiak, Josh Depenbrok and Wynnona Francis have created a new line of Grand Rapids postcards displaying prominent and historical landmarks in Grand Rapids. The photographs in "Hello From Grand Rapids" were taken by Jendrasiak and Depenbrok, and the cards were designed by Francis.

Cascade's Windsor Cottage Starts 2nd Shop in East Hills

Cascade's Windsor Cottage Starts 2nd Shop in East Hills

The quaint century-old cottage that has been Windsor Cottage (2899 Thornapple River Dr. SE, Grand Rapids) for the past 26 years overflows with gently-used home accessories and luxury furniture. That fact, and a booming global Internet business, inspired owner Rick Santamaria to open a second location in a historic English Tudor mansion between Brewery Vivant and Maru Sushi & Grill.

The mansion (923 Cherry St. SE) was built originally as a funeral home and is part of a project by Grand Rapids-based Locus Development to revitalize the mansion, a chapel and carriage house next door (Brewery Vivant), and to add new construction (Maru Sushi).

 

Autism-Affected Families Empowered Through Hope Network Education Center

Autism-Affected Families Empowered Through Hope Network Education Center

Information about Autism can be found everywhere, but sometimes it’s overwhelming and that’s one of the reasons why Hope Network’s Center for Autism has started monthly networking and educational events called Family Rounds.

Clinical Neuropsychologist and Director of Children's Services Dr. Mohan Krishnan says it’s helpful for families to share what they’ve learned with each other and develop relationships.

Women's Expo: {re}imagine your potential

Women's Expo: {re}imagine your potential

For Michelle Grzybowski, refurbishing antique furniture is more than just a hobby. “I’m living the dream!” says Michelle. She works with her family, restoring gorgeous antique pieces and encouraging as well as inspiring women through classes, antique markets, and expos, like the West Michigan Women’s Expo in downtown Grand Rapids this March.