Young people should be able to count on a safe, nurturing home. Helping those who can’t is simple human decency. I appreciate both the immediate, short-term help HQ offers our youth, as well as the longer-term vision to change their life trajectory in a positive fashion. I hope my business and technology experience can contribute to the mission.
HQ is the prefect place for me to exercise my skill sets and experiences, as well as connect with diverse people, HQ members, and community partners. I believe in the vision of HQ and that is why is am here. No person should be punished because of the situations they face. Instead they should be uplifted, empowered, and supported. HQ gives youth the opportunity to feel a part of a community. I am honored to be apart of the team!
With years of foundation experience and a personal passion for addressing systemic gaps, I couldn’t be more excited about serving intentionally with, and for, HQ. HQ dares to step in and meet youth where they are at today, amongst the messy, difficult circumstances of their reality, while walking alongside of them, breaking down barriers, and pointing them to a path for a better tomorrow. I look forward to pulling on my business, foundation, and social work experience as we lean in to HQ and the youth we serve as a board!
Inner City Christian Federation
HQ is the perfect way for me to connect my experience and passion for affordable housing to help HQ members find safety and stability. There’s more need today than ever to act on affordable housing and homelessness in our city. As we grow, we need to put a stake in the ground for those more disenfranchised groups. Living in Grand Rapids should be accessible for everyone, across all income levels; we should all be able to celebrate and enjoy the community we share.
I am honored to serve on the HQ board because it is an opportunity to help others in ways that were instrumental in helping me as a kid in Detroit. I am certain of the role that my mentors had in helping me to become a man that I am today. I am eager to help set the stage for young adults to have the chance to realize their visions. It’s an honor to have just this opportunity here at HQ.
I believe every person has purpose and gifts regardless of the circumstances of their birth and/or situational circumstances. HQ to me is a place where community youth are embraced, empowered, and authentically engaged to live their best lives beginning at where they are and throughout the journey of getting to where they want to be. It is an honor to serve and to be a part of a movement that reflects the type of person, community member, and leader I strive to be.
HQ serves a very real need for youth in West Michigan and beyond. Most importantly, they do it in a way that is genuine, no strings attached, and person-focused, helping youth overcome barriers that may be getting in the way of a brighter future. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with HQ.
Bridget Clark Whitney
Kids Food Basket
Raising awareness on homelessness is so important. Most people think that homelessness is people living under a bridge or begging for food. It has no boundaries and by the grace of God I have been spared. I am honored to serve on the HQ Board with others that share my same passion for an organization whose mission statement gives me chills: To create a safe and affirming space where youth find rest, build connections, and pursue their passions to realize their dreams.