We are thrilled to have been jointly awarded the Pinnacle of Partnership Award with the Community Foundation of Holland Zeeland (CFHZ) from the Greater Ottawa County United Way. The recipient of the award “exemplifies a commitment to improve the quality of life for Ottawa County residents through leadership in service and education, as well as a year-round partnership with Greater Ottawa County United Way.” The award was presented at the United Way’s annual celebration Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Spring Lake Country Club.

“Our mission is to improve the lives of every person who lives, works, and plays in our community. Tough issues like workforce housing require partnering with other organizations to really have an impact. We’re honored to be recognized for our work alongside our regional partners.” – Holly Johnson, President of the GHACF

photo of Pinnacle of Partnership recipients

Patty MacDonald (GHACF), Chris Riker (GHACF), Ryan Kilpatrick (Housing Next), Patrick Moran (United Way), Elizabeth Kidd (CFHZ), and Jessica Lynch (CFHZ).

We’ve worked together with CFHZ and the United Way to form Housing Next, a cross-sector collaborative initiative involving nonprofit, government, and business partners that have strived to create and promote a strong economic case for additional workforce housing units in the greater Ottawa County region of Michigan.

“The core motivation for our efforts on workforce housing is a desire for all individuals in our community to be financially stable. GHACF and the United Way share that vision with us which makes for a natural three-way partnership on this very important topic. We are grateful to have such wonderful partners and to highlight our collaboration together.” – Mike Goorhouse, President of the CFHZ

Learn more about Housing Next in our recent blog series.