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.
David’s House opened the first Christian adult foster care home for 10 men with varying disabilities in June of 1987. Now, we have five homes located in the David’s House neighborhood and provide services for two additional homes in the Greater Grand Rapids area.
What started with 10 residents and only a handful of staff has grown to 52 residents and 70+ staff members.