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Lifting Parent Voices, The COFI Way

Every second Monday of the month at 5pm, the conference room at the Healthy Homes Coalition fills up with parents. They file in, greet each other warmly and find their usual seats.

Over a quick dinner, weekly stories are swapped and pictures are shared as parents catch up. Parents for Healthy Homes meetings are part support group, part advocacy work, part leadership training class, and all parent connection.

The leadership training component is a result of our relationship with Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), a nonprofit organization based out of Chicago which connects parents to one another, helping turn their voices in actionable change.  COFI was created in 1995, with former community organizer Barack Obama as a founding member.


Kelsey Perdue


Program Manager, Grand Circus

Lynn Heemstra

Vice President

Executive Director, Our Community's Children

Bill Butts


Accountant, City of Grand Rapids

Brian Hartl


Epidemiology Supervisor, Kent County Health Department

Nina Bowser

Maternal Infant Health/Strong Beginnings Program Supervisor, Kent County Health Department

Julio Cano-San Martin

Programa Puente, Spectrum Health - Healthier Communities

CG Clarke

Principal, SeaGreen LLC

Gail Gunst-Heffner

Director of Community Engagement, Calvin College

Joshlyn Litzenberger

BSN, Cherry Health

Barbara Meconis, RN

Owner, Holistic Nurse Consultant, Holistic Care Approach

John Smith

Consumer Attorney, Legal Aid of Western Michigan

Ryan Struck-VanderHaak

Corporate Recruite, Progressive AE