David’s House Ministries was born in the heart of a pastor and his wife, Rev. Jay and Lois DeBoer who had been blessed with a son who was born with significant disabilities. At the urging of another pastor and longtime friends, Rev. Jim and Sue Holwerda, they decided that the Lord was leading them to establish a ministry where their son, David could live. Jay and Lois realized that there would come a day when they would no longer be able to provide the personal care, social opportunities and encouragement in the Christian faith their son needed. So the dream was born to not only meet David’s needs, but to establish a ministry that would bless many other families as well. A board was formed and a sponsoring agency, Honey Creek Christian Homes agreed to help bring the dream into reality. Incidentally, Jim Holwerda had become the Executive Director of Honey Creek Christian Homes.
David’s House opened the first Christian adult foster care home for 10 men with multiple impairments in June of 1987. House 1 was specially designed and purpose built especially to include those who depend on wheelchairs for mobility.
House 2 was built in 1994 with financial gifts along with gifts of labor and materials. It was designed to meet a higher level of care needs for 12 men and women.
In 1997, a 3 bedroom apartment was added to House 1 in order to provide a more spacious and private living space for the houseparents. This proved beneficial in providing a more livable situation for the houseparents and enabled them to serve on a longer term basis. A similar apartment was added to House 2 in 1999.
In 2010 a state of the art home was added to meet the needs of men and women who faced life with even greater personal and medical care issues. This state of the art home was also designed from a clean sheet of paper to meet the special needs of 12 men and women.
Also in 2010 the Shalom Springs Supported Living program began serving men and women who are able and choose to live independently with supports. They can choose to receive supportive services by contracting with David’s House Ministries. There are currently 15 special needs men and women living in the Shalom Springs apartments.
David’s House Ministries has developed a program based on a “3 legged stool” with the intention of providing:
- Quality surroundings and care
- An atmosphere that promotes positive social interaction including fellowship, friendship and fun
- Encouragement of the Spiritual life and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ for staff and residents
The needs of the residents of House 2 have increased as the years have gone by. Some of these residents moved on to House 3 with its higher level of care. The staffing pattern was changed in 2010 from a houseparent based system to a professional manager and a staff of direct care shift workers.
David’s House Ministries plans to continue to provide new opportunities for a fulfilling living experience for individuals with special needs as God provides guidance, opportunity and resources.