2013 Summer Volunteering
We praise God for filling our full-time summer staffing needs. We are blessed to announce that Phil Fischer has been hired as our Top Quality Coordinator and Derek Steffen has been hired as our Volunteer Coordinator! Also, Emily Wiegand has agreed to serve as the Gateway Woods summer education intern.
We are looking for summer volunteers! This is a great opportunity to serve children in need, spend time with old friends, and get to know some new faces. If you are interested in volunteering, please submit our Summer Volunteer Application or contact Derek Steffen at Derek.Steffen1@gmail.com or via phone at 616.822.8409.
A Mission Right Here In The States
Volunteering at Gateway Woods offers the opportunity to work hands-on for an outreach ministry to troubled children and their families. Some duties volunteers could be expected to perform include: maintenance, helping with childcare, assisting with campus projects, tutoring, and assisting foster parents.
By willingly spending time as a volunteer, you demonstrate to these young people that that someone cares enough to get involved. It's a chance to live the testimony of God's love to the residents and build life-long relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ. Perhaps most importantly, God will use your experience volunteering to reveal Himself to you in a deeper way.
"My words can't explain how thankful I am for the people that do things like come to volunteer...It's awesome to know people who will buy into something like Gateway where kids have done the bad things they've done their whole life, and yet so many people don't care about our past. They come to help us out and support us for our future."
-Jackson, former resident
"Gateway Woods has always been an encouragement to me. With all of the problems that face our youth today, Gateway stands out in my mind as a beacon of hope."
- Justin Wiegand, former Volunteer Coordinator
"The opportunity that God has provided for me to come and serve at Gateway Woods has challenged and humbled me in many ways. It is rewarding to everyone, and when you give you will receive the blessing back."
- Bethany Witzig
"I learned to have a more eternal perspective about the kids. Now when I see troubled adults I think, ‘If only they had been to a place like Gateway, they probably would have turned out much differently."
- Amy Hohulin
“I learned to live what I believe. When you volunteer at Gateway, you are a role model to the kids and have to live like you should.”
- David Prevo
If you are interested in volunteering at Gateway Woods, please fill out our volunteer application and our volunteer reference form (see below for forms). Whether it's for a week in the summer, a day in the fall, or once a month, your service is appreciated. Your time is our treasure!