David’s House Ministries was born in the heart of a pastor and his wife, Pastor Jay and Lois DeBoer who had been blessed with a son who was born with significant disabilities. At the urging of longtime friends, Pastor 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. 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 ten men with varying disabilities in June of 1987. House 1 was specially designed and purpose built to include those who depend on wheelchairs for mobility.
House 2 was built in 1994 with financial gifts in addition to gifts of labor and materials. It was designed to meet a higher level of care needs for 12 men and women.
In 1997, a three-bedroom apartment was added to House 1 in order to provide a more spacious and private living space for the houseparents. This was beneficial in providing a more livable space 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, House 3, was added to meet the needs of men and women who faced life with even greater personal and medical needs. This home was also designed from a clean sheet of paper to meet the needs of 12 men and women.
Also in 2010, our Community Living Support program, Shalom Springs, was established and began serving men and women who are able to live more independently than those in the adult foster care program. These residents can choose to receive supportive services by contracting with David’s House Ministries. There are currently 15 men and women with special needs living in the Shalom Springs apartments.
David’s House Ministries has developed a program modeled after a “three-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 staffing pattern at David’s House was changed in 2010 from a houseparent-based care system to a staff model involving a professional manager and a team of direct care providers.
We plan to continue providing new opportunities for a fulfilling living experience for individuals with special needs as God provides guidance, opportunity and resources.