Community Link

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Who We Are

Our Mission is to offer hope to our multicultural community through relationship-based programs and services as a reflection of Christ’s love.

Our History

In 2000, Grand Rapids International Fellowship Church (GRIF) formulated a new vision and focus to purposefully establish ministries to reach across cultures. After an in-depth assessment of “Who are our neighbors?” Community Link, a separate 501c3 within the GRIF ministries was established.

Because many refugees have resettled around GRIF, and recognizing how critical English language skills are in ensuring a better life for our newest neighbors, a comprehensive ESL program was developed in partnership with Bethany Christian Services and Lutheran Social Services.

Today

Community Link Partners – Bethany Christian Services partners with Community Link to ESL certified teachers four days a week at GRIF to prepare refugees for employment. In addition, we offer:

  • YMCA “Sit and Be Fit” exercise classes
  • Computer Lab for web-based English learning and Employment Skills
  • Community Garden
  • Joint Cultural Orientation for our newest arrivals. Topics include Parenting, Cleaning, Safety, Financial, Medical, and Housing
  • Health Education and Nutrition classes
  • Training students to become licensed child care providers

Wednesday Evening English Language Learners – A tutoring program focused on building relationships as well as teaching English. 6:30 -7:45 p.m. Transportation and childcare is provided.

  • Over 20 volunteers minister to 40 – 50 students each week.
  • A weekly skills and crafts class is offered for our refugee neighbors
  • Baby showers for first time moms
  • Field trips and other fun events
  • Sharing meals and holiday celebrations
  • Emergency transportation

To Become Involved

  • Volunteer to tutor on Wednesday evenings – no experience necessary.
  • Van drivers for Wednesday evenings.
  • Volunteer classroom and computer lab aides for morning  classes.
  • Financial contributions for classroom supplies, field trips and other support needs.

Contact:

Marsha DeHollander mdehollander@grifonline.org (Daytime ESL)

Marsha Tester  lmtester29@gmail.com (Wednesday Evening ESL)