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Disability Advocates of Kent County

Serving Those Who Have Served.

Remove barriers to independence.

Building Opportunities, Creating Independence. A Capital Campaign for Disability Advocates

Empower a veteran to remain in their home.

Disability Advocates of Kent County launched our Veteran Support Services campaign to support low-income veterans with service-connected disabilities achieve independence and safety in their own home. We aim to empower veterans with our impactful home accessibility services

Over 7% of Michigan’s adult population are veterans, and there are over 28,000 veterans living in Kent County alone. In Michigan, 18.7% of veterans live with a service-connected disability. One in every four Michigan veterans with service-connected live below ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) threshold. This population is also more likely than the general population to experience housing insecurity, mental and physical health challenges, and social isolation.

Housing is a critical factor to creating stability in one’s life. Unfortunately, many Michigan veterans find themselves ineligible for programs offering housing assistance because they are below the age of 60 or their income is slightly higher than requirements. These veterans must either pay for expensive housing interventions out of pocket or remain in an unsafe, inaccessible home environment.

Disability Advocates’ Occupational Therapy (OT) team empowers people with disabilities to remain in their home. They offer home modifications and accessibility reviews as well as adaptive equipment.

In 2022, the (OT) team provided housing accessibility services to 89 veterans. Disability Advocates seeks to raise X to add Y number of new veterans by DATE. To accomplish this goal, we are seeking X number of donors to contribute (Y or more).

If you would be interested in supporting this cause, do not hesitate to contact the Resource Development team via email or call 616-323-2208.

Home Accessibility REviews & Modifications

Through your generous support, we provide person-centered home accessibility reviews identifying barriers in the home. From there, a Registered Occupational Therapist provides an independent living plan suggesting home modifications. Common modifications include wheelchair ramps, bathtub cuts, grab bars, and shower expansions.

Thank you to our Supporters

KRW Foundation

Meijer Foundation

Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Mike and Sue Jandernoa Advised Fund in honor of their granddaughter Audrey Lou

Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation

Wege Foundation

John and Nancy Kennedy

Frey Foundation

Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation

Dr. Kimberly Y. Barrington


CDV5 Foundation

Doug & Maria DeVos


DHE Plumbing

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation

Mary Free Bed Guild and Rehabilitation Hospital

Eileen DeVries Family Foundation

The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation

Win & Kyle Irwin Fund

Sebastian Foundation

Consumers Energy Foundation

Williams Distributing Company

James and Barbara Haveman

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Jacques

Dick & Linda Antonini

Steve & Cheryl Boshoven

DHE Plumbing

Amos Fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation


Behler-Young Company

Douglas Young

Richard and Barbara Young

Applied Imaging

Marilyn Titche

Jim & Sharon Humphries

Wolverine Building Group


Douglas & Lois Nagel

Betsy & Scott Melton

Griswold Group

Home Builders Association Foundation

Marcus Fairfield

The Gerber Foundation


David Bulkowski & Melissa Budzynski

Jocelyn Dettloff

Nancy & Gerry Hickey

Laurie Murphy & Ed Manderfeld

David & Jane Zylstra

Ken & Gail Heffner

Agnes Kempker-Cloyd & Brian Cloyd

JCT Foundation

Jon and Joan Botsford Charitable Fund

James and Catherine Haveman Family Foundation

Bill & Jillane Payne Fund

Rich & Cindy Kogelschatz

Win & Kyle Irwin

Mary Carolyn (Twink) Frey

Bill & Kay Farr

Ronald and Karen Modreski

Cameron Young

Jenny Wood Shangraw

Mike & Gayle VanGessel


Bob and Margaret Nault

Timyan Family Fund

Phil & Diane Tower

Erhardt Construction

Keith and Mary Kay Hopkins

Cascade Engineering

Doug & Beth Parker

Jeff & Mary Kay Hoodhood

Peggy Helsel

Anne Armstrong & Tim Cusack

Adam Barber & Annie Belanger

Ron Koehler

Dave & Lin Shatto

Maria Royce Hesse and Charles Royce

Bill & Lisa Brennan

Amelea Gritter & Todd Herring

Angela Nelson

Andy & Liz DeBraber

Heated Ramps

Judith Morris

Ellen Seese

Daniel W. Hobson

TJ & Renee Thompson

Richard & Mary Stevens Family Fund

Kathleen Freeman

Lamborne Agency

Paul & Marylou Pitsch

Mark Smith & Denise Blair

Harold J. Mast

Walt’s Landscape Walter Pawelka

Debra Hines

Tom and Mickie Fox Family

Montie and Paula Annis

Elizabeth Welch & Brian Schwartz

Ryan Anderson

Jamerson Ries

Ed & Lisa Golder

Ping & Tim Liang

Juan & Mary Olivarez

John Hunting

Darrel Herweyer & Barbara Barnett

Dominican Sisters – Grand Rapids

Tom & Michelle Sinas

Bill Holmes & Mindy Faber

Kim Davey & Carl Cain

Mark & Jane Wheaton

Karol Belk

Health Care Associates

Baker Family Giving Fund

Douglas & Louann Kohlbeck

John & Sarah Jackoboice

Karin Hopman

Michael Ruggeri and Glynn Ann Ruggeri

Kyle & Win Irwin Fund

Progressive AE

Joeseph Gavan

John & June Atsma

Chuck Pierson

Rebecca Rynbrandt

Kim McLaughlin

Marlene Vitasinski & Hal Nelson

Christine Lindman

Daryl Larsen

Tony Richtsmeier

The John Koon Family

Lisa Nelson-Williams

Elaine Borgman

Ralph Honderd

Clark Communications

Douglas Bower

Wendy Budzynski

Winnie Brinks

Colleen & Doug VanDoren

S.A. Morman

Mike & Joanne Feutz

Helen & James Lehman

Laura LaMore

Bill & Clova Hardiman

Richard & Susan Steketee

Gordie and Karen Mouw

Jean L. Dugan

Carol Hennesy & Ken Nysson

Jeanne Marshall and Eleanor Gorman

John Apol

Alan & Lindsey Nicholson

Ed & Marcia Szumowski

Denny & Deborah Sturtevant

Jonathan A. Green

Marissa & Jason Pressler

Michael & Lori Bilski

Amy Peceny

The Sudyk Family

Shontaye Witcher

Luke & Darci Dru Zelley

David & Susan Bloss

Angela Walters

Mike Dallas

Joe Kohley

Helga Kleinschmidt

Sue Kinsler

Cathleen Kaiser

Lee Montgomery

Mark Etienne

For Good Foods, Kiley Fields

Bob & Donna Popma

Andrew Sorenson

Larry & Lee Nelson Weber

Melissa Anderson

Roger C. Morgenstern

John & Marcia Kantorowski

Scott Ayotte

Paul Hayes

Jon & MaryAnn McDonald

Frederick W. Sammons Trust

Trina Edmondson

Sophie Gratson

Tom Appel

Dawn Holtrop

Sandra K. Conley

MaryAnn Bliss DeVries & Ted DeVries

Laura St. Louis

Daniel Escobar-Bercini

Roger & Susan Griffioen

Bill & Rita Meade

Kristen Kelling

Frank & Jenny Lynn

Elliot Keyes

Charlotte Innerd

Kirsten Myers

Kristine Kletke

Alice Donahue, MA, OTR

Linda Stewart

Karyn Pelon

Patrick Parkes

Jeanette & Mark Prince

Catherine Gage

Erica Chapin

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You made difference.

Disability Advocates’ friends and supporters are pitched to reach our $2.5 million goal of the Building Opportunities Creating Independence campaign and thanks to you – we did it! Through the support and contributions of many, we are making our community equitable and accessible for everyone. Your continued support will help us to build in this momentum! We thank you for your contributions, volunteerism and support through spreading the word about the Building Opportunities Creating Independence campaign!

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