Dejag Ministries Opens Expanded Kitchen and Neighborhood Middle in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Digg Digg has opened a brand new kitchen, eating room, and neighborhood middle, the primary part of a $7.5 million enlargement designed to assist the group develop its companies to the homeless and low-income residents.

The enlargement, which additionally moved the primary entrance to the shelter from Division Avenue to Sheldon Avenue SE, elevated the eating room seating from 120 to 180. Digg says she now expects to serve 90,000 meals a yr, up from 60,000.

“We’re in a position to keep open for longer, and we provide extra choices, notably for our clients with well being wants, and that enables extra folks to get in from the chilly within the winter and extra folks to search out an awesome place… in a scorching place,” mentioned Thelma Insink, Director. Government at Degage.

The enlargement is positioned inside two buildings adjoining to the Degage headquarters at 144 S. Division Ave.

Digg demolished a historic constructing often called Carriage Home, and constructed one other constructing instead. One other constructing, at 139 Sheldon Ave. SE, bought from Degage in January 2017.

Talking Monday on the grand opening, Insink mentioned the enlargement supplies a “dignified and exquisite atmosphere” for homeless and low-income folks to eat a meal and collect at occasions. Occasions embrace bingo nights, reward and worship occasions, and Bible examine.

“Our previous amenities stumbled till the final minute,” she mentioned after the ceremony. “We had an worker crack within the flooring, after which the freezer stopped working within the previous constructing.”

Based in 1967, Digg serves 200 to 300 folks day by day by way of its neighborhood middle, ladies’s night time shelter, workforce growth, and by serving to residents discover housing and entry very important id data.

One other factor of the enlargement was the relocation of Degage’s entrance entrance to Sheldon Avenue SE, which options considerably much less visitors than the part.

“On Division Avenue we frequently discover that (when) persons are driving subsequent to them, they’re staring on the folks we serve,” Encink mentioned. “We simply really feel like this can be a extra dignified place for them to collect and get into the house.”

The second part of enlargement, which is predicted to be accomplished this fall, features a bakery for a nonprofit cookie enterprise designed to profit the homeless, and the enlargement of the Digg Girls’s Shelter. It additionally features a welcome middle for folks to recuperate after surgical procedure or to recuperate from sickness.

Insink mentioned the expansions are based mostly on Dejej’s imaginative and prescient of serving to the homeless “really feel protected, welcome and valued.”

Based in 1967, Digg serves 200 to 300 folks day by day by way of its neighborhood middle, ladies’s night time shelter, workforce growth, and by serving to residents discover housing and entry very important id data. Isnik mentioned he moved to his present location within the Nineteen Nineties.

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