Happy Mother’s Day!

Wishing an early Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there!

If You’re Feeling Helpless, Help Someone

Today marks the conclusion of our “Honoring Our Frontline Heroes” series. We hope that as you have read these stories, that you were encouraged and inspired. We have a part to play in this world. We are all needed. Look around your neighborhood, is there someone you can bless today? Maybe you can deliver a […]

Honoring Our Frontline Heroes: Josh West

Josh West entered emergency medicine because of his mother-in-law’s passion for her role as an RN in Florida. Josh says, “She talked me into getting my EMT license, and I’ve loved the job ever since! I love the thrills of the job, but I also enjoy making a difference in people’s lives, even if it’s […]

Honoring Our Frontlines Heroes: Samuel Ortega

For the last three years, Samuel Ortega has worked as a first responder for the Norton Shores Fire Department. A passion for this field arose at a young age, watching his father serve the community as a Fire Fighter. Sam loved visiting the station and climbing all over the trucks. Sadly, his father passed away […]

Honoring Our Frontline Heroes: Nicole Sparks

“Want to know who’s not practicing social distancing? These babies! Because they just keep coming,” says Nicole Sparks, a physician of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Atlanta, Georgia. “And I fully expect to have an influx of babies approximately 9-10 months from now. (Laugh out loud)!” Nicole has been an OB GYN for almost five years, […]

Honoring Our Frontline Heroes: Tayler and Mike Kooienga

Tayler Kooienga is a healthcare worker who normally works in an outpatient endoscopy center in Grand Rapids. When that center was put on temporary closure, Tayler called Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital to offer her assistance. It could have been easier or safer to remain home, but Tayler chose to go to the frontlines. She […]

Encouragement In The Face of Hardship

Corrie ten Boom and her family helped nearly 800 Jewish people to safety during the Holocaust. They built a secret room in their house as a hiding place for the Dutch resistance. When a Dutch informant told the Nazis about the ten Boom’s work, both Corrie and her sister, Betsie were taken to Ravensbrück concentration […]

Honoring Our Frontline Heroes: Anthony Morales

Anthony Morales is a first responder in West Michigan, which means he works on the frontlines, at all times. Due to Covid-19, the challenges on the frontlines have increased. This pandemic is a threat that agencies haven’t experienced before. Policies and procedures are changing day-to-day in response to the outbreak, which leads to higher stress […]

Honoring Our Frontline Heroes: Holly Dishnow

Holly Dishnow is an inspiration. She is a Nurse Practitioner, mother of three children under the age of six, an active volunteer and leader in her church, and devoted wife to her husband of eleven years. Dear Wonder Woman, I think you have competition. Holly has worked in healthcare for over eleven years. For nearly […]

Honoring Our Frontline Heroes: Andrew and Cait Seppo

Andrew and Cait Seppo are a dynamic husband and wife team in West Michigan that offer a holistic approach to healing through Chiropractic medicine. Not only do the Seppos have big hearts for health, but they also serve the community through partnering with Hand2Hand, The American Red Cross Blood Drive, Samaritan’s Purse, Habitat for Humanity, […]

Honoring Our Frontline Heroes: The National Guard

In states all across America, the National Guard is rising up to offer assistance and join the fight against COVID-19. Their ability to remain flexible and adaptive in the ever-changing circumstances make their contribution during this crisis invaluable. These amazing men and women are helping in food banks, running drive-thru testing stations, distributing medical equipment, […]

Honoring Our Frontline Heroes: Kids’ Food Basket

Did you know that 1 in 5 Michigan children go hungry every day? As we continue our series “Honoring Our Frontline Heroes,” the organization we are featuring today holds a special place in our hearts as they serve our local community in Michigan. Kids’ Food Basket (KFB) is a non-profit organization that is working to […]

Honoring Our Frontline Heroes: Julissa Uribe

Julissa Uribe is a healthcare worker in California, a state with 40 million residents and the first to lock down on March 19th. Along with her Warrior Squad in Modesto, Julissa is working hours around the clock to help patients fight against COVID-19.  Julissa works in the Kaiser Emergency Department, where each day, she steps […]

Honoring Our Frontline Heroes: Carmen Slenk

Carmen Slenk, an occupational therapist in Lansing, Michigan, works in rehabilitating geriatric patients at Medilodge of Campus Area. In order to safeguard the patients, each employee enters through the back door of the building, where their vitals are checked before being permitted into the common areas. Statistics show that COVID-19 has presented greater risk in […]

Honoring Our Frontline Heroes: Dr. Craig A. Spencer

For the next several weeks, we will be honoring the many men and women in the medical field, law enforcement, military, etc. who are serving our communities during this coronavirus pandemic. Today, we are featuring Dr. Craig A. Spencer who serves in the ER of a NYC hospital. In the article below, Dr. Spencer shares […]

Today, Breathe.

“Lockdown” a poem by Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Franciscan living in Ireland. Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death. But, They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise You can hear the birds again. They say […]