Renovation and Expansion
The end of 2021 and beginning of 2022 has brought on exciting new changes for Our Hope. After 50 years of occupancy in the Lyon Street home, the house is getting its first big makeover. During the renovation process, all our clients and staff relocated to our new facility on Shaffer Avenue. Once the renovations are complete, Our Hope will have two fully functional treatment homes, allowing us to more than double our current amount of clients. We are grateful and excited be able to help more women who seek healing from the disease of addiction.
Lyon Street Home Renovation
The founding families of Our Hope purchased a gracious Victorian home in the historic Heritage Hill neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Services have been offered in this dignified home-like setting ever since. It’s an environment unlike most others in the United States for this kind of treatment, acting as both a sanctuary for women in recovery and a welcoming place for families to visit.
The home consists of two buildings. The main house includes two living spaces, staff offices, and a newly renovated kitchen downstairs, allowing the whole second floor and third floor to be bedrooms. The carriage house outback has a community room and two more bedrooms. The Lyon Street house can hold up to 20 women at a time.
This is the first time in 50 years the home received major renovations. The largest project was the fully renovated kitchen. The whole home received new carpeting and a new paint coat in every room. The fire escape and steps also received some touch ups to ensure the safety of everyone in the home.
The pictures below show the home before and during the renovation. Keep checking in for updates and new photos as the construction moves along.
NEW Walker Avenue Home
The expansion of Our Hope has been in the works for a long time now and has finally become a reality. The Walker Avenue Home was purchased in August, 2022. Over the next year and a half, our staff, board members, and CopperRock Construction worked to make this building our dream facility. Our Hope's Rising Through Recovery capital campaign raised $3 millions to support the purchase and renovation of the facility. On January 23rd, 2024, our residential treatment program moved into this beautiful new home.
This new home is not only the new location of our residential treatment program, but was designed to allow us to expand the services we offer to women. In the next few months, our team will work to open a Withdrawal Management Unit for acute-detoxification services. Outpatient services will additionally be offered to provide aftercare services to our clients once they graduate from our residential program.
This 22,500 square foot building consists of three floors, making it the perfect space for a continuum of care. The first floor is divided into two sections, the front entry and treatment space. Walking into the front entry, a welcoming lobby greets our guests. Just off the lobby is a conference room for staff, our board, and community partners to discuss in a space that conceals client privacy. Past the conference room are two intake offices and an executive office.
Treatment begins on the other side of the door through the lobby. The healing center is a large room primarily used for group therapy. It also has a small workout space for clients interested in working on their physical health along with their mental health. There is a large commercial kitchen run by our own chef to prepare all the meals for our clients. Meals are served in the large dining hall with a glass ceiling that lets in all the natural light. There is a small lounge space for clients to relax and a sensory room over looking the 14,000 square foot garden. In the spring, the sensory room will receive a remodel to make it a four season room for clients to meditate in all year round. The remainder of the first floor includes a staff breakroom, therapist offices, staff offices, a salon and a clothing closet.
The second floor has a wing specially for the Withdrawal Management Unit. This unit will accommodate up to 10 clients at a time through the detox process. As clients complete this program, they will transition down the floor to one of the 7 shared bedrooms for our residential clients. These bedrooms have a total of 17 beds for clients to began their 90-day program. As clients get further along through the program, they will move up to one of 14 beds on the third floor where most of the rooms just have a single bed. Both the second and third floor additional have laundry rooms, shower rooms, bathrooms, and living space, a work space, and staff offices.