Programs and Services
Holland Rescue Mission exists solely to help solve poverty, homelessness, addiction, unemployment, and other issues in our community. The only way we can do that is with God’s guidance and the caring support of committed friends.
The first step is to meet someone’s immediate, basic needs — food, shelter, and clothing. Then we encourage participation in our long-term recovery programs that address the root issues of homelessness to help someone escape their current situation and become a healthy, productive member of society.
At Holland Rescue Mission, we understand that people don’t roll out of bed one morning and simply decide to live on the streets. For many, the process of homelessness was preceded by a gradual decline caused by abuse, addiction, mental illness, or other extreme circumstances.
But there are also many misperceptions about homelessness and what it looks like. It could be parents that are working but have lost their home. A teenager who goes to school but is afraid to let her friends see she sleeps in a car. Homelessness can happen to anyone at any time — it could be just one illness, accident, or layoff away.
Holland Rescue Mission is first and foremost a shelter. We are not intended to be anyone’s permanent address. With separate shelters — one for men and one to help meet the needs of women and children — we provide a warm, safe, loving environment. A place where hurting people can regroup, rethink, and rechart a divinely guided path toward independence.
The Emergency Shelter Program provides:
- Personal Case Management
- Financial Accountability
- Bible Studies
- Chapel Services
- Employment Assistance
- Parenting Classes
- Children’s Programs
A nourishing meal served with love and compassion can often be the first step on the road to recovery. Once you’ve satisfied someone’s physical hunger, you can begin to address their emotional and spiritual needs.
At the Mission, we serve three meals a day and anyone is welcome to join us. We serve men separately from women and children, so please be sure to attend the appropriate ministry center if you are looking for meal service.
Gateway Academy is a 48-week faith–based recovery program for men and women who struggle with destructive life issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, past criminal history, or continued homelessness.
To permanently transform the lives of men and women by helping them find God’s will so they can go on to be healthy, productive members of society.
To restore hope and life to those that struggle with destructive behaviors through a new relationship with Christ.
Gateway Academy is both a training and testing facility that helps men and women overcome past issues and develop successful career pathways. Through education and assessments in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information, students will earn the ACT’s “National Career Readiness Certificate.” This nationally recognized, portable credential shows employers anywhere in the U.S. that the holder has achieved a certain level of workplace employability skills.
Participants in the program will attend:
- Addictions Groups
- Individual Counseling
- Personal Bible Study (Self-Confrontation Manual)
- Joint Bible Study Class
- Joint Worship
- Soft Skills Training
- Academic Classes (Career Ready 101 & Work Keys four days a week)
- Core classes on Relationships, Peacemaker, Stewardship, Parenting
- Work 34 hours per week: Production 30, Chores 2; Kitchen 2
This 48-week program* is comprised of multiple tiers that must be completed in the order below. Progression to the next tier is based upon completion of all requirements for the current level. Therefore, the program may take longer to complete than 48 weeks if tiers are not achieved as outlined.
Tier 1: Encounter
Encountering God in the Gospel of John (3 weeks)
Tier 2: Discover
Discovering the Biblical foundation of change (12 weeks)
Tier 3: Surrender
Surrendering specific problem areas (12 weeks)
Tier 4: Cultivate
Cultivating a new life in Christ (12 weeks)
Tier 5: Restore
Restoring life and relationships (12 weeks)
Tier 6: Engage
Re-engaging in the community (12 weeks)
*The weeks of Tulip Time, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are not counted towards the total of 48 weeks.
- Joint Worship at 7:30 a.m. (Daily)
- Joint Bible Study Class at 8:00 a.m. (Monday, Wednesday, & Friday)
- Work – 9 a.m. (8 a.m. on Tuesday & Thursday) through 4:45 p.m.
- Soft Skills Training at 12:30 p.m. (Daily)
- Individual Counseling & Addictions Group (1 hour each, per week)
- Academic Training (1 ¼ hours, four times per week) – times are assigned during work hours
- Core Class – Peacemaker, Relationships, Stewardship, Parenting (Monday Evening)
- Chapel (Tuesday & Friday Evenings)
- Study or Optional Classes (Wednesday & Thursday Evenings)
- The schedule is modified for parents with non-school-age children (depart at 2:45 p.m. daily)
In addition to the Gateway Academy, this building also houses the Gateway Center.
You can drop off your recyclable items at this facility, and the proceeds will be used to train men and women in a professional work environment while generating support for Holland Rescue Mission.
For questions about the Gateway Academy, please contact Scott Klingberg, Chief Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me. For to such belongs the kingdom of God.”
– Matthew 19:14
Why would Jesus lift up children? Perhaps it’s their simple faith and trust. Their endless curiosity to explore the world they live in. Could it be their playfulness and endless energy? Or their ability to bounce back and remain resilient, even through the toughest trials? Maybe it’s the astonishing ability of a child to learn, grow, and develop. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that children hold a special place in the heart of God.
That’s why the ROCK Urban Youth Ministry was formed as an extension of the Holland Rescue Mission. This ministry seeks to minister to homeless and at-risk youth in grades K – 12 who reside at FHMC in order to help them build a strong foundation for their lives to help break the cycle of homelessness.
We partner with parents of children who reside at FHMC to evangelize and provide discipleship programs for our children and youth in grades K – 12. The vision is to help them grow in their dependence upon the Lord and learn how to be interdependent in society. We seek to glorify God by proclaiming and demonstrating His love through a Christ-centered after-school program and summer day camp, Camp ROCK.
The vision of Holland Rescue Mission is to lead people to changed lives in Christ. The ROCK Urban Youth Ministry seeks to carry out that mission by reaching out to the youngest members of our ministry and embracing them with God’s love.
We want to come alongside our urban youth and share with them the redeeming love of Christ. We want to foster healthy relationships and mentor them through the ROCK tutoring program and Camp ROCK.
What We Offer
For school-age children who reside at our Family Hope Ministry Center (FHMC), getting involved in ROCK Urban Youth Ministry gives them access to a variety of services. They take part in tutoring programs, life-skills programs, Biblical life lessons, and social activities and outings that are educationally oriented.
ROCK After-School Program:
Each day, kids and teens have a safe place to go after school ends. At the after-school program, they participate in tutoring and Biblical life lessons. They’ll also benefit from other free-time activities that help them forge healthy habits, learn how to trust others, and develop healthy relationships.
Camp ROCK Summer Camp:
This year, Camp ROCK will be serving kids and youth who are current residents at the Holland Rescue Mission. Stay tuned for more summer opportunities available through the Holland Rescue Mission!
If you would like to learn more about ROCK ministries, please contact: Alex Orta, Youth Ministry Supervisor email@example.com or 616.928.3464.
When you’re struggling to rebuild your life while caring for a family, the pressure can be monumental. Holland Rescue Mission understands challenges parents face, which is why we created the Stepping Stones Daycare to provide childcare for residents with children. This service assures parents that their children are being well cared for while they actively seek employment or continue to work at their current job.
The Stepping Stones Daycare represents stability not only for children, but for the entire family. Many parents who enter our doors lack a good foundation for practical living. If we can provide a stable environment for these little ones, we can help build a foundation for their future.
This program is more than a daycare; it’s designed to ease the devastating impact homelessness can wreak in the lives of children. This ministry offers after-school tutoring, Bible story time, playtime, and field trips for every child who resides at the Mission.
Understanding homelessness and why their family no longer lives in a home is difficult for children. That’s why we strive to make the Mission feel like home and embrace children with love, comfort, and care while it’s necessary for their families to stay here.
The Stepping Stones Daycare is located in our Family Hope Ministry Center. We have a nursery, two all-purpose rooms, and a youth activity room equipped with computers and games for older children.
The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) is a ministry training and research institution to help further the Kingdom of God. This program offers seminary-level instruction to help educate and equip leaders for the urban church, especially among the poor.
For most leaders in urban ministry, the idea of attending Bible college or seminary is virtually impossible. It is often too expensive, located too far away from their homes, and doesn’t relate to urban life and ministry.
Many people cannot leave their jobs or their churches to dedicate four years out of their lives for ministry training. Even if they could find a way to relocate, the cost of schooling is out of reach for many leaders in the urban community, or they may not be able to satisfy the academic requirements necessary for admission.
Having given up hope for pursuing further training, these dear leaders do the best they can. They are often working a full-time job while pastoring a church that desperately needs more of their time and attention.
When God wants to accomplish something great, He raises up a man or a woman whom He anoints, who can fulfill His covenant promise, and who will carry out His work. TUMI is established on this essential belief: God is raising up a new generation of Christ-centered servant leaders who are Biblically equipped, spiritually vital, and technically competent to accomplish His task of planting churches in the cities across America and the world.
Since TUMI was founded, we have sought to live out this vision, and to see God work through His chosen vessels who would launch pioneer urban church planting movements. Our vision is to identify and equip God’s anointed leaders who are called to plant and serve these churches.
In order to fulfill our purpose and vision, we design programs specifically tailored to be flexible, affordable, and adaptable for urban leaders and the churches where they live and minister.
You can adapt our programming for use in your church, neighborhood, and community immediately. These specifically designed resources focus on the central themes and issues that urban leaders and churches must understand and master in order to fulfill their God-given calling of serving Christ in the city.
The Urban Ministry Institute of Holland Rescue Mission provides seminary-level instruction through our 16-module curriculum with courses in Biblical Studies, Theology and Ethics, Christian Ministry, and Urban Mission.
Our courses cost less than 15% of traditional seminary or graduate school tuition. Students may take our courses in the evenings and on weekends, in small group classes, or through our independent studies program for maximum flexibility. All classes can be taken for credit towards our Certificate in Christian Leadership Studies.
For more information about TUMI and upcoming modules, please contact: Beaux Williams 616.928.3411 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or someone you know is in need of help, the doors of Holland Rescue Mission are always open. We are here for any man, woman, or child in our community who needs Emergency Services such as food, shelter, clothing, and other assistance.
For long-term guidance and support to find God’s will, we also offer our 48-week Gateway Academy. This intensive program offers counseling, Biblical instruction, life-skills classes, education and employment training, and other services to address the root causes of homelessness and take steps toward independent living.
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