Momentum Center adds new space

Krystle Wagner • Aug 25, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Beginning in September, support groups will have a new meeting space, called the Momentum Center for Social Engagement Annex.

Extended Grace is leasing the building at 712 Columbus Ave., which is next door to the main Momentum Center for Social Engagement.

The space was previously used by Rosebud Taxi. It will now be used for storage, support groups the organization offers, and quiet activities such as yoga and meditation.

A need for storage drove the group’s search for additional space. The annex will also allow more than one program to run at a time.

“It allows us to accomplish much more,” said Extended Grace Executive Director Barbara Lee VanHorssen.

The annex will be painted inside and out similar to the center.

Programs moving there include:

— The Family Supper Group, which meets 7-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The group is for caregivers, loved ones and family members of individuals living with mental illness.

— A support group for parents, guardians and caregivers of preteens and teenagers that meets 7-8:30 p.m. on the third Monday of every month.

— S.M.A.R.T. Recovery meetings take place every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. They are aimed at recovery through self-empowerment.

— The Red Project will move from the center’s conference room to the annex. Free training on administering Narcan is given 12-2 p.m. on the third Friday of every month.

The programming and groups stem from community feedback, VanHorssen noted. She said they also plan to invite groups to use the annex.

As of this month, the center added teen programming guided by a youth advisory council comprised of Grand Haven and Spring Lake teens. Jessica Hoolsema was hired as the teen program coordinator. Teen programming will remain in the main building.

The center also provides recreational and social opportunities for adults ages 18 and older with mental illness, disabilities and addiction.

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