Pathways, MI

Impacting Families. Transforming Lives.

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Learn how YOU can make a difference locally in the lives of children and families!
Party for Pathways: 3rd Annual Gala Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail


The 3rd Annual Party for Pathways Gala will be hosted by Macatawa Bay Yacht Club on Saturday, September 26th, 2015--     it will be a fun filled evening of dining and dancing to benefit Pathways, MI!  Click here to view details!

Your generous support and donations allow us to provide innovative human services for the growing and increasingly diverse needs of the 10,000+ children, adults and families of the ten-county West Michigan lakeshore region that we serve. 


We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support!

Silver Sponsors: Roger & Anne Gamache, Herman Miller Cares, ODL, Inc., Bob & Deb Sterken, Tennant Company

Bronze Sponsors: Edify North,  Ess Tec, Inc., Global Concepts Enterprise, Inc., Lighthouse Group, Macatawa Bank, Shoreline Container

Table Sponsors: Chemical Bank, Krista Nurnberger, Teddy's Transport, Transmatic, West Michigan Community Bank

Friend Sponsors: JH Miller Resources, Inc., Mercantile Bank, Michigan Office Solutions

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact Roz Nienhuis, Development Director at (616) 403-5949 or Jeanette Hoyer, Executive Director at (616) 396-2301.

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Volunteer Opportunities PDF Print E-mail





Put your talents to work for the individuals, children, and families in your community!


Pathways, MI has many opportunities for individuals who would like to volunteer their time and skills to become actively involved including:

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate- Ottawa County

CASA Volunteers are strong child advocates helping children in the foster care system find safe permanent homes. They are needed to serve as the voice of abused and neglected children during court proceedings. Volunteers meet with children weekly in order to get to know the child and report what they believe is in the child's best interests, as well as what the child wants for their own life.

No experience required - just a strong desire to help children in need. All training is provided including information on the Child Welfare system, the court process, family dynamics, and child development. 

Training sessions are provided twice a year, in the spring and fall. 

Participation Requirements: Must be 21 years of age or older, High school diploma/ GED, strong written and/or verbal skills, clear a background check, 30 hours of initial training, 12-16 hours of volunteer work monthly, objectivity, and a commitment to the best interests of children. 

Contact: Sheryl Brink at 616-396-2301 x130. 

Total Trek Quest Coaches- Ottawa County

The program is dependent on volunteer coaches who are willing to give their time, support and effort to a group of boys in their community. Help 3rd-5th grade boys train for and complete a 5k race!

Who: Anyone interested in mentoring and encouraging Ottawa County boys in making healthy choices. Coaches must be 18 years of age and pass a criminal background and central registry clearance check. All coaching tools, curriculum's and trainings will be provided by TTQ.

When: Practices are after school for 9 weeks, 90 minutes, 2 times a week. Coaches must attend Kick-off Event, Final Event, a 4 hour curriculum training, and CPR for those who need it. 


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 Contact: Vickie Kavanaugh, Youth Development Coordinator at 616-396-2301 x149.

 Foster Parents- Allegan, Muskegon & Ottawa Counties

Foster Parents are needed to provide short or long term care for children ages birth to 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.  Foster homes for teenagers are especially needed at this time.

Pathways provides: Assistance from case workers, 24 hour on-call assistance, bi-weekly reimbursement.

Participation Requirements: Must be at least 21 years old, can be married or single, may own a home or be a renter, must be able to pass medical and criminal background clearances.

Contact: In Holland/Allegan counties, contact Catherine Brink at (616) 396-2301 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and in Muskegon county, contact Anita Barrett at (231) 777-2222 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

Stop Child Abuse and Neglect Council (SCAN)

(Ottawa County)

  • Join the SCAN Council Host a pinwheel garden
  • Assist with mailings and general office work
  • Join a Parent Support Group
  • Have your faith community or another organization you are involved with host a Parent Support Group

For other opportunities, contact Leigh Moerdyke at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 616-396-2301.

General Support- Allegan, Muskegon & Ottawa Counties

Basic data entry, filing, copying, and special projects as needed on a one time or ongoing basis.

Participation Requirements: Be at least 18 years old, have a High School Diploma/GED, be responsible, dependable, detail oriented, and must clear a criminal background check.

Contact: Tillie Cazares at 616-396-2301 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Grant Me Hope PDF Print E-mail

GrantMeHope"Grant Me Hope" is a new initiative to find foster children an adoptive home, in collaboration between Take 5 & Company, Pathways, MI, the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and the business community.  

While watching a continuing training video, foster mom Helen Zeerip heard a little boy retell a sad moment of his life — he was told older children don’t get adopted.

Helen Zeerip gets a hug from Alex Zeerip, 9, on Friday, March 13, 2015 at Teddy's Transport. Alex was adopted by the Zeerip family when he was 6. -Emily Brouwer/Sentinel Staff“‘No one should steal your hope,’” Zeerip remembered the boy saying.

It was a life-changing moment for her that could lead to life-changing moments for forgotten children, wards of the state.  “Once you hit 11, it’s very hard to get adopted,” she said.

There is an average of 600,000 children in the U.S. available for adoption, according to information provided by Zeerip. Half of those children are considered unadoptable because of their age. (exerpt from Grant Me Hope works to find homes for unadoptable article written by the Holland Sentinel)

Watch Take Five which airs on WZZM 13 Grand Rapids each Tuesday at 9am, for the next year, to learn about a different child/children in need of a forever home.

Watch the featured Grant Me Hope Stories!



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