What makes it unique
Koinonia is the Greek word for "fellowship." Koinonia became the very first Calvin College Project Neighborhood house in 1998 and is the largest of all the Project Neighborhood houses with up to 9 students plus a mentor family. From the wood paneled attic (which once served as a ballroom) to the finished basement, there are plenty of places to study or hang out with friends. The house also has 2G and 5G wifi, a Calvin Printer, two desktop computers, a video projector in the basement and a piano in the living room.
The house is located about 4 miles west of Calvin's Campus in Eastown right along the number 6 bus line. We are within walking distance of many locally owned restaurants, coffee shops and bookstores.
Fellowship at Koinonia happens during house meetings, mealtimes, service projects and devotions. It happens in the kitchen as we talk about our day and around the dining room table as people work on homework late at night.
Koinonia is not partnered with a specific church like some of the other Project Neighborhood houses. Students who live there are expected to serve at one of the many non-profits in the Eastown neighborhood or on nearby Cherry Street. These include West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Inner City Christian Federation, The Institute for Global Education, Wealthy Street Theatre, Eastown Community Association, The Grand Rapids Pride Center and Kid's Hope among others.
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