Our newest fund was established in 2011 in memory of Executive Director Emeritus, Nancy Palmer Mueller, by her daughters. Nancy served Our Hope tirelessly from 1974 until her retirement in 1996. Among her many significant contributions to the organization was instilling a focus on the importance of mind and body well being for women in recovery.
From her early childhood in Depression-era Grand Rapids, Nancy was an enthusiastic participant in and supporter of physical activities and the arts. She was especially passionate about dancing. This love grew into a strong belief in the importance of a holistic approach to recovery, emphasizing physical activity like dance and aerobics, as well as encouraging sound nutrition and an appreciation of outdoor activities—she loved taking the women on camping trips!
Contributions to the Mueller Wellness Fund are directed toward helping women develop and maintain healthy lifestyles through such activities as engaging in dance, fitness, yoga and aerobic exercise classes. Funds are also used to establish/maintain memberships at local cultural institutions like Frederic Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park and the Grand Rapids Art Museum for the women to enjoy while in residence at Our Hope. We also apply these funds to healthy eating/nutrition/menu planning classes and weekly trips to the Fulton Street Farmers’ Market to purchase fresh produce. Nancy’s daughters and our Executive Director review all expenditures to ensure they are consistent with Nancy’s interests and are very open to discussing additional opportunities to enhance the wellness of the women we serve. Please consider a gift to this new fund if this area interests you.
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