What's Goin' On!

NeighborWorks Learning Institute

This month four of our Dwelling Place staff persons attended the national NeighborWorks conference in Detroit Michigan. Joining over 1,800 Community Development staff members from across the country, our staff attended classes on Neighborhood Revitalization, Asset Management, Community Building and Engagement. Connecting with community leaders from across the country we are excited to see what great ideas they implement in our communities.

Strengthening Support Services

CEO Denny Sturtevant accepts a $10,000 gift from Spectrum Health Healthier Communities to support housing assistance. Dwelling Place will look to strengthen support services initiatives - programs designed to offer tools for residents to gain life-long self-sufficiency. Programs under the support services umbrella include Cooking Class for Better Health, Personal Money Management and Community Gardening. Dwelling Place thanks Spectrum Health for recognizing efforts in the areas of access to health care, healthier families and connecting to community resources.

Grand Rapids has got "Yoga Fever"

Dwelling Place's commercial tenet Yoga Fever is creating quite a stir in both the Grand Rapids Yoga community and the Wealthy Street district, where it resides. At 1154 Wealthy Street SE you will find a polished inviting space that eludes relaxation and a sense of calm the moment you enter the door. This is exactly the vibe owner Shannon Austin wanted to create when establishing her Yoga Studio in 2015.

Planting Day at Herkimer Apartments

Residents spent a sunny Tuesday filling community garden beds at Herkimer Apartments. Helping to guide and over see the event was Brittany, Dwelling Place's new Beautification Specialist. Residents have the opportunity to plant, care for and harvest container gardens in community spaces throughout various Dwelling Place properties. Residents shared planting techniques and anecdotes as they prepared the planting beds and carved out their plots.

New Dwelling Place Property

For the first time, Dwelling Place will be breaking ground in Muskegon Heights, Michigan. The former Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School is the site of an adaptive reuse project in which the school will be converted to a 50-unit affordable housing community. The project is set to break ground in the spring of this year and will be seeking Silver LEED Certification. The property will consist of permanent supportive housing for homeless and special needs and affordable housing. Dwelling Place is excited to branch out into a new community and further its neighborhood revitalization efforts. .

Art.Downtown 2016

Avenue for the Arts hosted its annual Art.Downtown last Saturday April 9, 2016 and it was a major success. With local artists featured at more than 40 different locations around the downtown and surrounding area, the city was booming with people from 12:00-9:00pm. Artists of every genera filled the streets, stores, restaurants, and other venues, inviting any and everyone to experience their showcased pieces, free of charge. Multiple trolleys ran around town taking visitors to the next venue.

Seeking Full-Time Assistant Property Managers for Grand Rapids & Rockford Offices

We are hiring two full time assistant property managers. One at our Rockford location and the other downtown Grand Rapids We are looking for a candidate with strong communication/customer service, computer, multi-tasking and organizational/office skills. Rural housing rental assistance experience is beneficial. $12.75-14.00/hour plus benefit package.

Iyengar Yoga Center of Grand Rapids

Dwelling Place proudly welcomes a new commercial tenant to the Herkimer Building and the Avenue For The Arts Family. Iyengar Yoga Center of Grand Rapids, own and ran by Jennifer Beaumont, has moved into 327 South Division. Jennfier first started practicing yoga in 1999 and in 2006 became the first teacher in West Michigan certified by Iyengar Yoga National Association of The United States. For more information on the studio check out their website 

Artist Live/Work Spaces

Dwelling Place proudly supports the local artist community here in Grand Rapids. Not only with Avenue for the Arts, which is celebrating its 10 year anniversary, but also with its almost 40 artist live/work spaces located along the South Division Corridor.  This Rapid Growth article takes a look at how and why artist live/work spaces came to be and the impact they have on the communities they are in.