The Salvation Army of Grand Haven announced that it has raised $750,508.86 as part of its $1.1 million Campaign for Children and Families- a fundraising effort to invest resources in a newly expanded community center. Initiated earlier this year, and chaired by community leaders Dave Klaassen, Jim Brunner, and Steve Hass, the Campaign for Children and Families was launched to ensure that The Salvation Army continues to provide the highest quality services to vulnerable children and families in Northern Ottawa County. Community leader Chuck Rycenga was also a honorary campaign chairman but passed away last year. 

The Salvation Army of Grand Haven is planning a building expansion which will add approximately 5,800 square feet to its existing building. Included in this expansion is a multi-purpose room, three classrooms, kitchen, office, restrooms, and additional storage. “We are thankful for the generosity of our community thus far,” said Captain Jay Davis. “We started last year with a dream and a goal, and here we are, a year later having raised nearly 70% of our goal. The goodness and kindness of this community is incredibly humbling,” Captain Davis added.

The Salvation Army, after 95 years, continues to serve the residents of the Grand Haven community - including those struggling with long term poverty and chronic unemployment, families in crisis or facing temporary emergencies, men, women and teens battling alcohol and drug dependency and local youth searching for meaning and in need of mentoring. “Our next step is to reach out to those who haven’t yet participated in the campaign and ask them to consider coming along side us in this important endeavor of helping vulnerable children and area families. We can’t achieve our goal without the help of the greater community," said Jim Brunner, chair of the campaign.   

As the campaign gains momentum, leaders are pleased to announce that the effort is supported by area business men and women, Salvation Army Board members and regional supporters. “The most exciting part of this campaign is that it demonstrates that key community stakeholders have confidence in the direction of The Salvation Army and the valuable programs it provides to our community,” said Jeremy Monteith, Development Director for the Salvation Army of Grand Haven. 

The Campaign for Children and Families has two important objectives: to fund construction of a multipurpose center at 310 North Despelder Street and to improve the effectiveness of family programming and services in order to deliver the best possible outcomes. To date, the fundraising effort has garnered the support of over 70 community donors. “Raising over $750,000 for The Salvation Army at this point in the campaign is something that the entire community can be proud of,” said Jim Brunner, campaign co-chair.

“We now hope that the greater community will embrace this campaign to help raise the additional funds needed to complete this effort. Donors can support this campaign by visiting or by stopping by The Salvation Army to make a donation,” said Jeremy Monteith.  “We gratefully accept any and all gifts,” added Monteith.     

The public can support the Campaign for Children and Families and The Salvation Army of Grand Haven by phone at 616.842.3380, or by sending financial gifts directly to The Salvation Army of Grand Haven, PO Box 181, Grand Haven, Michigan 49417-0181.