Thank You, Steelcase Foundation, for Lifting Parent Voices


We are fortunate to receive support from donors like the Steelcase Foundation (see pages 9-11). Last year, Healthy Homes was awarded a two-year grant to complete a project centered around lifting community voices. Because of the Steelcase’s generosity, parents of lead poisoned children in the community have been able to make major strides in having their voices heard and having a seat at the table.


Parents are making progress. Here are a few notable accomplishments in 2018 (so far!):

  • Parents for Healthy Homes, an active grassroots group, meets monthly for support, advocacy training, and discussion.
  • Nine parents from this group graduated from COFI leadership training this winter. Two parents became phase two trainers for COFI, and a new phase two class has started this week.
  • Tabitha Williams, a prominent parent leader, was awarded WMEAC’s Woman of Hope environmental award.  
  • Over 20 parents attended Lead Education Day at the state capitol in April to meet directly with state legislators.
  • Active media coverage on both WZZM 13 and WOOD 8 featuring parent stories directly from them.
  • Parents for Healthy Homes will be meeting with Mayor Bliss in early June to discuss her commitment to removing lead hazards in Grand Rapids.

These parents are only beginning their work of making their community a safe and healthy environment for their children to grow up in.

Thank you again, Steelcase Foundation, for your help in providing these parents a platform to speak out. We appreciate the recognition in your annual report, and continue to work hard to support parents in our community.