What makes it unique
Harambee means "Pulling together" in Swahili. The Harambee house is in a former parsonage built in 1912 next to First Christian Reformed Church. Since 1999, the church has partnered with Project Neighborhood to support ministry in the neighborhood. Harambee has room for six students, and is bike-able from Calvin in under 30 minutes; bus takes 35-60 minutes.
Wednesday night community dinners at the church bring together neighbors and church members of all ages. After dinner and worship, some students play games and talk with adults, while others help lead activities with children. Students can also volunteer at Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy through Kids Hope. Next door to Harambee is Bates Place, a community hub that is beginning an asset-based community development process in the neighborhood. Students can informally get to know returning citizens who live nearby.
Address: 1309 Madison Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
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