2014 CG Golf Event a Great Success!

Thank you so much your continued support of Community Action House and Good Samaritan Ministries during the CG Golf event on Tuesday May 20, 2014!  Macatawa Legends Golf and Country Club hosted the outing this yearand we tried a new format - a four-person scramble with morning and afternoon flights.


  • We had a record number of golfers this year - 90 to be exact, which is an increase of 25% over 2013!
  • The event raised over $38,000 to help lift families out of homelessness.

Below is a list of the prize winners:

1st Place Men’s Team *Winner of a scorecard playoff
Jeff Disher
Jed Rodino
DJ Kellogg
Scott Anair

They shot an 8 under 64 and tied with the team of Scott Lubbers, Dave Nienhuis, Joe Kuiper, and Dewey Engelsma. Ties are broken by lowest score on the hardest or highest handicap hole. Hole #11 is the #1 handicap hole and both teams made birdie. Hole #9 is the #2 handicap hole and the Disher Group birdied and the other group parred, giving Disher the W. Both groups played in the morning shotgun. What a close game!

1st Place Mixed Team
Bob Knittel
Krish Knittel
Jim Stroop
Carol Stroop

This mixed team prevailed with victory after shooting a 1 under par 71 in the morning shotgun.

Long Drive #1 (Women): Rachael Koops
Closest to the Pin #3 (Men): David Huisman
Long Putt #9 (Men): Tim Haverdink
Long Drive #15 (Men): Jed Rodino

To see photos of the event, please check out the Good Samaritan Ministries Facebook page

For access to the video that was shown during the luncheon, please visit Good Samaritan Ministries


We're Grateful for Grants!

The Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program gave a $25,000 contribution to Community Action House for assistance with Emergency Services. The funds will help provide food services through our two food pantries to those in need in the Greater Holland area.

The grant was presented to CAH during a check presentation ceremony held on July 10th at our 14th Street location. During the ceremony, Archie Armino (Market Manager for Walmart), and Brian Butler (local Walmart store manager), presented a check to Mark Tucker (Exective Director), Shelley Shanafelt (CFO), and board members John Ruiter, Mary Duistermars, and David Huisman.

Additionally, we would like to thank the Heinz Corporation for a second donation of $5,000 to the general fund at CAH. Jerry Shoup from Heinz is shown in the photo above, presenting Jenn Boerman (Associate Director) with their donation.

We are incredibly grateful for the continued genorosity of our community!


Volunteer Profile: Jodi Shumaker

What do you typically do as a volunteer?

I volunteer two afternoons per week in the food pantry, assisting families in choosing food. I also help stock the shelves and organize inventory. I hav the privilege of meeting people in the community, blessing them with food donated by the community. Helping people through the pantry allows the staff to help more families in need.

Why did you start volunteering at CAH?

My sister is employed by Community Action House and told me about the need for additional volunteers.

What do you find most rewarding about volunteering?

I feel like what I do for Community Action House matters. Both the clients and agency benefit from my being there, and I get to go home and feel blessed.


The time that Jodi and other volunteers help in the pantry allows our staff to assist more families in need. Our dream is to have volunteers available each day the pantry is open. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jennifer Boerman at 616.392.2368 or through email. Thank you!


Quarterly Commodities Distribution

Community Action House has been providing food, clothing and shelter to area residents for over 43 years. Currently, Community Action House provides emergency food services to over 400 individuals, 40% of whom are children, each month. These food emergencies are typically caused by a short-term crises, including an unexpected expense or temporary loss of income. However, there are countless more families in the community that are struggling to meet all of their basic needs, living paycheck to paycheck, and have ongoing needs for food assistance. For these families, additional supplemental resources, like the Quarterly Commodities Program, is a good way to stretch their resources and provide for their family's basic needs.

Community Action House was recently designated as a distribution location for the Quarterly Commodities Program in Ottawa County. Food box items vary depending upon government surplus food, and can include anywhere from 11-20 different non-perishable canned items.

If you would like to volunteer on the next distribution day, please contact Jennifer Boerman at 616.392.2368 or through email.


Community Housing Partnership (CHP) Nominated for WOOD TV 8's Connecting with CommunityAward!

The Community Housing Partnership, a collaboration between Community Action House and Good Samaritan Ministries, has been nominated for the WOOD TV 8 "Connecting with Community" Award. Congratulations to both agencies and... the staff members that make this program such a success!

Community Housing Partnership: