The West Side Youth Center
“…on this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18
In the heart of an under-resourced neighborhood in the West Side of Grand Rapids sat an old, two-story building that was home to an adult novelties shop, a vacant liquor store, and several dilapidated residential units. In 2018 BSM purchased this building and is turning it into a Christ-centered youth center aimed at discipling the young people of the West Side.
The West Side Youth Center will be an expansion of our current Resurgence after-school program in which we work to support the spiritual, academic, social, and community development of local youth. With this new project we will work other Christ-centered organizations such as Youth For Christ and Young Life in a strategic and coordinated effort to invest in some of the most under-resourced and vulnerable young people in our neighborhood. We will also work to collaborate with other service organizations in this space to serve our West Side neighbors.
Below is a bit of data about the building and what we need to make this project happen…
Purchase Price: Approx. $300,000
Renovation Costs: TBD ($500,000 estimated)
Please contact us for more details. I would love the opportunity to connect with you and invite you to come down to our West Side neighborhood and hear more about this project.
Ryan Waalkes, Director
Bridge Street Ministries