UNISON "OUR HOUSE" PROJECT
In urban settings, organizations come and go. Having a stable "home" for our congregation will give us the needed stability to cultivate long lasting relationships with a population with low trust in institutions. Along with our regular outreach activities, having a permanent presence gives a sense of assurance that we are here for the community and will be able to walk with them as they journey in Christ.
So we are excited to announce that we are officially purchasing the church building at 2010 Kalamazoo Ave! It appraised for $870,000 and the Reformed Church of America has agreed to sell it to us for $275,000!!! What a blessing! We will be doing some repairs in the basement that we have budgeted $100,000 to bring the total mortgage to $375,000.
Our down payment is $93,750. Unison is raising $25,000 in house and looking for matching grants for the remainder. We ask you to consider matching that $25,000, dollar for dollar.
Our permanent presence will give Unison a shared home for making disciples that make disciples. This is an investment that will give our children a home to be called into and develop in ministry for the next generation of disciple makers.
Please join us in God’s great mission here Grand Rapids, MI!
A brief story of the journey:
Hope Reformed Church closed its doors in summer of 2017. Our lead pastor, Chase Stancle, had developed a close friendship with the pastor of Hope and it was his desire to give Unison the building, however the board felt it best to turn the building over into the hands of the Reformed Church of America (RCA). The RCA gave the building to Harbor Churches under the leadership of Tom Elenbaas. It was Tom's vision to be a blessing to this community and the best thing he could think of was a young multi-ethnic church. The Harbor team connected with Peter TeWinkle who connected Harbor and Unison and we began renting the building that fall. Unison and Harber have developed a fabulous ministry partnership. It has always been the heart of the Harbor Churches team that Unison would own this building so they told us to make an offer. We prayerfully discerned an offer that would take into consideration their considerable investment in repairs to the building, the repairs still needed and the socio-economic realities of those whom we serve. They eagerly agreed. We have forged a lasting relationship with Harbor Churches and look forward to how this cross-denotational partnership will continue to flourish.