Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ashley's Last Day at Heartside - 7/17/12

The lovely Ashley is moving on to a new chapter in her social work career, and today, everyone wanted a picture with her.
Besides being a social worker, Ashley also break dances and ran an Authentic Movement group here at Heartside. Here is some handstand fun with Ashley and Anthony:
 I rather liked these better - fun with gravity and holding up a small part of the world:
Caught in a Wind Tunnel:
More fun people and photos:
Au revoir, Ashley! We will miss you!

Hanging Out in the Heartside Alley - 7/10/12

Title Options:
There are eight million stories in the Naked City / Every Picture Tells a Story / Just Hanging Out in the Alley Today :-)

Monday, March 18, 2013


She turns 76 tomorrow and has lived in the Heartside neighborhood for decades. She is a sometime artist in the studio but prefers to create her art at home and sell it on the street where she can keep 100% of her sales. 
Cheers and Happy Birthday to one of the hardest working artists in Grand Rapids, and sales woman extraordinaire!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

GED Room Renovation

Heartside has offered the General Educational Development Program since 1994, affording those who have not graduated from high school the opportunity to achieve the equivalency degree, which opens doors to employment.
After receiving a grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, and with help from many volunteers, 
Heartside Ministry was able to renovate an old storage room into becoming an education friendly classroom.

There are five parts to the GED test, and when a Heartside students passes one of the pretests, Heartside issues the $25.00 test fee to take the test at a testing center. When all five tests are officially passed, the student receives his/her high school equivalency degree.

As they work their way up through the tests, we mark their progress on the photo triangle which culminates with graduation. 

Cheers to our head GED volunteer, Jamie, to those tutors who assist her
every week, and for the students looking to better their lives.