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.