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Margaret's Hope Chest, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Address: 630 Griswold SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan  49507  
United States
Number of Volunteers Serving Nationally: 50
Number of People Being Served: 100
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Mission Statement


Our mission is to bring hope, comfort, and warmth to persons enduring hopeless situations through the gift of a beautifully crafted quilt.

Description


Margaret?s Hope Chest was born out of tragedy. What else could you call the senseless murder of an 80-year old woman in a grocery store parking lot? Margaret Herrema was my Grandmother. She lived a full and generous life as a wife of 57 years, a mother to 5, grandmother to 17, and great-grandmother to 8. She found additional joy serving others through her volunteer sewing work. Imagine our family?s shock when on April 28, 2005 she was pushed to the ground in a struggle over her purse and suffered a massive head injury. She died two days later on April 30. It would have been easy to lose hope and despair in human kind?s potential for evil. During this time I remember reading Romans 12:12-13, ?Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God?s people who are in need.? By the grace of God and the guidance of this verse I was able to see past my own pain and confusion and look out upon a world filled with countless other hopeless people - people who were in the middle of equally painful circumstances. Margaret?s Hope Chest is a blending of two passions in my life - quilting and helping to spread God?s hope in a broken world.

Margaret?s Hope Chest was born out of tragedy. What else could you call the senseless murder of an 80-year old woman in a grocery store parking lot? Margaret Herrema was my Grandmother. She lived a full and generous life as a wife of 57 years, a mother to 5, grandmother to 17, and great-grandmother to 8. She found additional joy serving others through her volunteer sewing work. Imagine our family?s shock when on April 28, 2005 she was pushed to the ground in a struggle over her purse and suffered a massive head injury. She died two days later on April 30. It would have been easy to lose hope and despair in human kind?s potential for evil. During this time I remember reading Romans 12:12-13, ?Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God?s people who are in need.? By the grace of God and the guidance of this verse I was able to see past my own pain and confusion and look out upon a world filled with countless other hopeless people - people who were in the middle of equally painful circumstances. Margaret?s Hope Chest is a blending of two passions in my life - quilting and helping to spread God?s hope in a broken world.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to bring hope, comfort, and warmth to persons enduring hopeless situations through the gift of a beautifully crafted quilt.

Organizational Statement of Faith


Regardless of race, age, gender, or religion, hope is a universal human need. At Margaret's Hope Chest, we strive to share the hope we have with anyone who needs it.


Denominational Affiliations


Christian Reformed Church (CRC)


Local Affiliation



Program Type:


Other Program

Do you Require Formal Orientation Training?


No