Second Week of Guide Dog Training

              So, the second week of training was supposed to be the week where we go to various locations, like Royal Oak and Birmingham, but due to the threat of rain every day, we stayed in Rochester, doing different routes.               We did go to a couple of high traffic areas, and got the dogs […]

We are Disability Advocates: Karin Hopman

Meet Finance & HR director Karin hopman Karin Hopman is the Finance & HR Director at Disability Advocates of Kent County. In this position, Hopman ensures compliance and accuracy of all aspects of the organizations financial management policies and procedures and reporting.  In addition, Hopman delivers reports during board meetings, and oversees the oversight of […]

Issue Day

Today is finally the day! Issue day has arrived. That is the day that all the students have been waiting for, the day we get are Leader Dogs. The feels were all here this morning. I walked into the dining room for breakfast, and you could just feel all the emotions in the room. Some […]

A Conversation with Bergmann PC Principal Buddy Huyler

A Conversation with Bergmann PC Principal Buddy Huyler Disability Advocates of Kent County staff member Nathan Slauer spoke with Bergmann PC Principal Buddy Huyler. Bergmann PC is a sponsor of the 2022 Absolutely Accessible Kent event. Q: Tell me about your role with Bergmann PC. A: As Principal with Bergmann PC, my role focuses on […]

Five Reasons to Join Us For a Tour

As of this evening, Disability Advocates of Kent County officially opened its new home to the public. Our ribbon-cutting ceremony invited the whole community out to celebrate the occasion. We are so excited to continue welcoming people into the space. Here are five reasons you should schedule an individual tour today. Check Out the Home […]

We are Disability Advocates: Ella Bonner

Ella Bonner recently joined the Workforce Development department at Disability Advocates of Kent County. We are excited to welcome our new Youth Transitions Specialist to the team! Ella brings over 18 years of experience with Grand Rapids Public Schools as a Certified Employment Training Specialist.  She has also volunteered at a variety of local nonprofit […]

Community Spotlight: Carol Delaney

Carol Delaney keeps a tight schedule. Weekdays begin with volunteerism. Activities include reading to children at the Kent District Library, packing food with Feeding America West Michigan, and planning game nights at an assisted living facility. Sundays mark the time for attending mass at the local Catholic church and greeting families, Faith Formation students, and […]

We Are Disability Advocates: Nathan Slauer

As the Annual Fund Manager with Disability Advocates, Nathan Slauer engages community members with giving opportunities, leads community outreach efforts, and handles marketing & communications activities.  Where did you grow up? I grew up in Cascade on the Thornapple River, where my parents still live. I later found myself renting an apartment in an old […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Arlene Siegel

Over the past seven years, Arlene Siegel has served at the front desk of Disability Advocates. On Wednesday mornings, she responds to phone inquiries and greets visitors with a warm smile. Siegel has lived in Grand Rapids with her husband, Jim, for over 43 years. Jim manages the family business, Siegel Jewelers. After connecting with […]

Why We Accept Cryptocurrency

In a previous blog post, we announced that Disability Advocates of Kent County now accepts donations in the form of cryptocurrency. However, it is worth discussing why this decision will benefit our organization. Most nonprofit organizations do not accept cryptocurrency donations, although major charities such as American Cancer Society, Red Cross, UNICEF, Save the Children, […]