The New Day Church-on-the-Hill has several outreach programs: Kibera Kids Kitchen in Nairobi, Kenya; Kids’ Food Basket in Grand Rapids; and Renucci Hospitality House associated with the Spectrum Hospital downtown.
New Day has a sister church Exodus in the Kibera Slums of Nairobi. Through the Exodus church, Pastor Phil directs a feeding program for children. The program started with helping 11 children, and it has grown to 250. Pastor Phil advocates for funding for this project and makes sure the money is well spent. The children receive one meal a day that is a protein-based mush called Ugy. Many members contribute as Pastor Phil has made visits to Nairobi keeping us well informed, bringing back many pictures for us to see our sister congregation and the children that are in the feeding program.
New Day works with the Kids’ Food Basket to help wherever needed. We decorate bags for the school lunches, collect food to be included in the lunches, and collect money to send to the organization.
New Day serves dinners or does some baking for the Renucci Hospitality House. People come to stay at the Renucci House when they are from out-of-town and have relatives or friends staying in the hospital. New Day teams plan, prepare, and serve dinners for about 40 people each time. Dinners consist of a main dish, salads, vegetables, bread, desserts and beverages. The team dines with people staying at the Renucci House and gives them a chance to tell their story about why they are there. The team offers comfort along with the conversation
New Day members also do service work on their own:
Karen Chavez: Karen is a United Way Campaign Captain for Grand Valley State University, and she has been volunteering as a reading tutor for the United Way’s Schools of Hope program for the last two years. The Schools of Hope program tackles the problem of illiteracy in Kent County. Their goal is to ensure that all Kent County students are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.
Carol Dodge: Carol has been a caregiver for over five years for a 90-year-old friend who has no family in Grand Rapids. Carol also volunteers for other organizations such as the PEO Chapter that works to raise money for scholarships for women who need assistance to continue their education.