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Open the Door: Community gardening as personal growth

By Mariah Cowsert, Americorps VISTA

“People should take pride in their community and treat each other with respect” says SaRah, Community Gardener and Dwelling Place resident in Muskegon Heights.

SaRah, a resident and community gardener at Roosevelt Apartments, was one of the first to participate in planting during a September volunteer day prior to the Roosevelt Apartments community open house. She was quick to volunteer and the peas she planted during the volunteer event were growing strong during the fall months.

Winter Internships - December 2018

The Learning Lab Internship program creates  opportunities to engage, develop and take ownership over projects and creative proposals that support resident and community involvement in Dwelling Place communities. We are looking for individuals who want to engage, collaborate and grow creative communities. Ideal candidates will have an interest in art, community, social justice, marketing and/or community organizing.

Work with us! Opening for Community Gardener & Landscaping Specialist

This is a rewarding position with opportunity for creativity and growth working for Dwelling
Place, a non-profit community development corporation with a primary focus on the creation of
affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization. Dwelling Place gives priority to the creation
of site based programming that will facilitate resident engagement and leadership development in
the properties, neighborhoods and communities where residents live. 


Roosevelt Apartments open in Muskegon Heights

With 200 community members, residents, Dwelling Place staff and board members, supporters, and project partners; the Harvest Party to open the Roosevelt Apartments proved to be a success. We are proud of everyone involved and thankful for those who attended to celebrate with us. Highlights of the night include stories from community members who had attended Roosevelt Elementary School and even a few who taught at the school. 

Plaza Roosevelt: A Community Collaboration

Dwelling Place participated in a press conference on Friday, August 30, announcing the site plan for Plaza Roosevelt. A collaboration between Habitat for Humanity, Dwelling Place, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Mercy Health, the Hispanic Center of West Michigan, Ferris State University, and the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association, Plaza Roosevelt is a neighbor-driven development initiative along Grandville Avenue and Franklin Street in Grand Rapids.

Volunteers Support Westside Community

On May 19, employees from BDO Grand Rapids joined Dwelling Place Community Gardner, Nicole and Bridge Street Place residents to clean up gardens and prepare for updated plants and landscaping. Participants voluntarily acknowledged their inexperience with landscaping and gardening, but they jumped in head-first making fast work of removing old plants, pruning roses and weeding large garden areas. Upon greeting the volunteers, a Bridge Street resident shared her gratitude with the group declaring "I can't tell you how much it means to us that you are