Entries by Jonathan Peerboom

Public Works Crews- Fall 2020

We are grateful for our partnership with the City of Grand Rapids! The past three years we have been able to help keep 64 miles of alleys clear of brush/branches and garbage. This season alone we have already hauled 30,000 lbs of trash off the streets to the dump! This fall we added a crew […]

Training Program Gallery: Fall 2020

Photos from our Fall 2020 Cohort – Wood Working and Job Skills Training For information about our training program, specifically: Volunteering- we are looking for people in the skilled trades who are willing to teach a module Donating Materials/Tools- we are in need of lumber, hardware and quality equipment donations Purchasing Products- we have an […]

Holiday Shopping with Next Step

UPDATE: ACCEPTING ORDERS THROUGH MONDAY DEC 21! PICKUP BEFORE CHRISTMAS! Do your holiday shopping with Next Step of West Michigan and watch your dollars make a difference in our community! The participants from our job-readiness training program have been busy crafting beautiful offerings that are available for purchase. We offer no-contact / curbside pickup with […]

Meaningful Holiday Shopping with Next Step

Finish all your holiday shopping at once and make it meaningful. Coming in two different sizes, these cutting boards are beautiful enough to also double as meat & cheese boards. Constructed of White Maple with Walnut inlay, they are carefully seasoned with food grade mineral oil. The cutting boards provide a teaching opportunity where our […]

Where does your value come from…?

There are (3) lies that we often believe in our modern American culture. (from sermon by Henri Nouwen)   -You are what you have, your possessions. -You are what you do, your level of productivity. -You are what other people say about you, your reputation.   Even for those who find their value and hope […]


2017 End of Year letter. It is GOOD!

Dear Partners, supporters and friends of Next Step of West Michigan.  This has been an amazing year, and a hard year.  Amazing, because we are growing, getting new work opportunities, and have come very close to completing our almost 2 million dollar capital project for the 100 Garden space. Amazing, because lives continue to be […]