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A new Leadership Council has been formed to collectively focus on workforce housing solutions. The Leadership Council, composed of the area’s top community and business development organizations will work to ensure housing is available for all area workers.
Mike Goorhouse, President of the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area and Holly Johnson, President of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation will serve as co-chairs of the newly formed Housing Next Leadership Council. The Council also will include representatives from the West Coast Chamber, Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg, United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties, Ottawa County, Lakeshore Advantage and Community SPOKE.
“Affordable housing was already a big problem in our community and it is getting bigger. Recent estimates of the shortage have grown to between 12,000 and 15,000 units, said Goorhouse, co-chair of the Housing Next Leadership Council. “Local businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations are all seeing the lack of affordable housing creating tremendous difficulty in many families’ day to day lives and constraining our overall ability to grow and thrive as a community.”
The Housing Next Leadership Council was formed due to the extensive housing research effort lead by the United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties – Ottawa Housing Next. The Leadership Council’s first order of business will be to hire a director fully focused on workforce housing solutions. This individual will be the champion for workforce housing solutions in our community. The position description for any interested applicants can be on the United Way website: https://www.ottawaunitedway.org/employment. The Council plans to have its new director in place by the end of 2017.
“Lack of affordable housing is both a social and an economic issue, and will require government, business and nonprofits all working together to make significant progress towards a solution,” said Johnson “I can’t remember a time when these eight organizations have collaborated so closely to address a key community priority.” In addition to the Leadership Council, there will be a broader Advisory Board which will have representation from developers, businesses, philanthropy, housing nonprofits, government and residents.
Housing Next has identified four strategies to help our community better access these market-driven solution
In addition to Johnson and Goorhouse, other members of the newly formed Leadership Council include:
Lyn Raymond, Director of the Lakeshore Housing Alliance will serve as liaison from the Leadership Council to the broader Advisory Panel.
“United Way is pleased to transition the leadership on this effort to this Leadership Council, while still keeping all the important members of Ottawa Housing Next informed and engaged,” said Patrick Moran, President of the United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties. “This cross sector council is the right group at the right time to increase market driven housing solutions.”
After a detailed application review process, area students were awarded scholarships in varying amounts from 94 different scholarship funds, for a total investment of over $600,000.
Students and their families came to the Yacht Basin Marina to meet the generous donors who made it possible for the students to receive these scholarships.
Mike Goorhouse, Community Foundation President and CEO, congratulated the scholars who he hopes will become future leaders in our community. “We’re honored to partner with your scholarship donors to support your educational journey,” he said.
Stacy Timmerman, Director of Scholarships, thanked the donors for their “continued support of the inspiring and deserving students.” She also addressed the students about the scholarship process. Stacy has spent many hours over the last few months reading through applications and meeting with review committees to determine recipients. “Students, please know that in our extremely competitive scholarship process, you were selected as the right person for your scholarship. We couldn’t be happier for you!” Stacy told them.
Jim Bishop from West Michigan Community Bank, who sponsored the event, shared his story on the many reasons he supports the Community Foundation. He spoke about how he received community foundation scholarships as a student and how that generosity changed his life for the better. It later inspired him to contribute financially and to get involved in board service at the community foundation as an adult. He encouraged each of the students to pay it forward to the next generation with time, talent, and/or treasure whenever they’re able.
The event also featured a student panel where four college students spoke about life in college and how different it can be from high school, some difficulties that come with college, and advice for incoming college freshman.
Stephanie Arndt from Hope College talked about how difficult it was for her to change her major and that she had to overcome her fear of claiming an English major, but it was” the most rewarding thing” she has ever done.
On advice for the scholarship recipients, student Kiannah Vandenberg from Grand Valley State University reminded the student scholars not to be upset or quit if they get a B or C on an assignment or in a course for the first time, as college classes can be very challenging and difficult even for the best students. She also talks about the opportunities of college internships which can give students college credit and experience doing something that they love.
After the panel, the reception lasted another hour with students and donors talking over cupcakes and lemonade and getting pictures taken together.
The Community Foundation is so happy to host this event that allows the students to meet and talk with their scholarship donors. We are so thankful to all of the donors for making such a big impact in the lives of these students. We congratulate these exemplary 2017 scholarship recipients and wish them every success in higher education and beyond.
Outdoor Discovery Center - ecoSystem Education Network
Macatawa Area Coordinating Council - Creating a Green Infrastructure Vision for the Macatawa Watershed
Ladder Homes - Housing Capacity Expansion
Goodwill Industries of West Michigan - Holland/Zeeland Career Training Center
Beacon of Hope - Building Campaign
Ann Query joined the Community Foundation staff in March of 2017 as part-time Development Director.
“I couldn’t be more excited to have Ann on the team. Ann’s understanding of the Community Foundation runs as deep and wide as her connections and relationships to so many in our community,” said President/CEO Mike Goorhouse.
Prior to joining the team, Ann served on CFHZ’s Board of Trustees for over 15 years, serving as Chair of the Board on two different occasions.
Of Ann’s commitment to the Community Foundation, she says, “I’ve always had an interest and passion for building organizations and building community. This new opportunity is one more chance to build community, and particularly, community for the future. I truly believe the foundation is for good. for ever.”
Ann first became involved with CFHZ as a board member from 1996 – 2002 when transitioning from the Zeeland Community Foundation at the point when the Holland and Zeeland foundations became one single entity. She had served on the Board of the Zeeland Community Foundation from 1986-1996, prior to the merger. In 2006, Ann began her board service again, serving until spring of 2016 (Board Chair from 2011 – 2013). During her board service, Ann played a role on each of the Foundation’s committees. In addition, she and her husband John have multiple funds with the Community Foundation and are proud members of CFHZ’s Bridge Builder Legacy Society.
Ann enjoys finding ways to give time, talent and treasure to the community that has blessed her efforts as an educator, business owner and leader. “The Community Foundation touches so many areas of both need and enhancement in the broader community, and it is a wonderful organization in which to serve to make a difference for today and long into the future,” states Ann.
In addition to her service to the Community Foundation, Ann has been involved in many key community organizations and efforts, including: Lakeshore Advantage – founding board member and former Executive Committee member, Macatawa Area Coordinating Council – founding board member and former Chair, Zeeland Community Hospital Board of Directors, Zeeland Community Hospital Foundation, Zeeland Public Schools Educational Foundation, Zeeland United Way’s Board of Directors, Zeeland Shopping Area Redevelopment Board, Second Reformed Church of Zeeland, Airport Authority Advisory Committee, and a past Hope College Campaign Chair.
Ann currently serves on the Holland Symphony Orchestra Board. Since 2009, she’s served on the Zeeland Board of Public Works as a commissioner, and also chairs the Zeeland Community Development Corporation.
Ann completed her Master’s Degree in Community Leadership from Central Michigan University’s Institute for Personal & Career Development. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hope College with a major in English, a minor in Music, and a secondary education teaching certificate. She also obtained her elementary teaching certificate from Grand Valley State University. In addition to teaching and managing/owning a retail business, Ann served as the President of the Zeeland Chamber of Commerce from 1989-2011.
Ann has been recognized with numerous awards over the course of her career including: Business Review of Western Michigan’s Most Influential Women Award, iMagazine’s 50 Women of Influence Award, City of Zeeland’s Certificate of Recognition and Achievement, Zeeland Public Schools Community Spirit Award for Partnership, as well as a Special Tribute for her Chamber of Commerce work from the State of Michigan.
Ann and her husband John live in Zeeland. They have two children and three grandsons.
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