Resident Engagement utilizes a comprehensive approach designed to move residents through a continuum of supports, addressing barriers to housing, education, and employment. Our mission is to ensure that every resident regardless of socioeconomic status or race reaches their personal goals. We do this by ensuring residents have access to basic resources and have information on how to improve their economic stability.
Are you an ICCF resident?
We want to walk alongside you as you move toward the achievement of your goals. Our goal is to help you and your neighborhood thrive! We offer a variety of free resources and programs to help you and your neighbors do just that.
Our engagement with residents is centered on four convictions:
- Everyone has potential
- Personal growth provides options for personal change
- Mental models determine how you navigate your surroundings
- Everyone should have access to homeownership as a way to build generational wealth
Get connected with the staff who want to support you:
Bilingual Housing Advocate
616-336-9333 x 302
My role as a Resident Advocate is to connect residents with resources and services that ICCF provides. I have the opportunity to walk alongside residents to help them reach their goals holistically by looking at personal strengths, community resources, and ways to help my residents see their goals actualized. I enjoy my job because I get to connect with residents individually and hear their story.
“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
La Grave Community Connector
616-336-9333 x 309
My job as the Community Connector allows me to encourage and speak life into residents’ lives and also be a sounding board when troubles arise. I love hearing exciting news that the residents share with me personally and professionally! This gives us a purpose for building a solid community.
Fun Fact: I graduated from Eastside High School. The “Lean On Me” movie was filmed there.
“Give out your overflow and not your reservoir.”
616-336-9333 x 306
As our Resident Advocate, my role allows me to support our residents by providing case management services as well as emergency assistance. I connect with residents to better understand their individual circumstances and needs to connect them with resources available within ICCF and in our community. I love my job because it allows me to get to know members of our community on a personal level and provide unique solutions to common hardships.
“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness–it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” – Brené Brown
As a Community Connector, I have the pleasure of planning events, encouraging our residents, helping them find resources that will allow to be successful day to day, and act as a bridge builder in partnering with other community organizations. I enjoy building a sense of community through events and getting to know the residents.
“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” – Unknown
Resident Engagement Manager
616-336-9333 x 309
As our Resident Engagement Manager, I get to oversee the Community Connector team and Resident Advocates to make sure that residents have opportunities to build community among their neighbors as well as access resources to help them THRIVE. My job allows me to meet great community partners and inspirational neighbors who have bold and beautiful goals for their lives. I also get to plan strategically around justice & equity initiatives in our communities. I love my job because it aligns with my passion for people and belief that everyone was created with dignity, purpose and boundless capacity to have a full life!
“Know your worth and who you are in the world.” – My mother