What is the mission of W4D?

To reflect the love of Christ to all who come through our doors by  building relationships and offering programs that foster dignity and respect.

To serve as a platform for women of the Grand Rapids community to come together to care for, support, and empower women seeking help thru Dégagé Ministries Open Door Women’s Center.

What is “Women for Dégagé” (W4D)?

An emerging group of focused women committed to making a positive impact on the lives of women facing homelessness and poverty. They use their passion, power, skills, and connections to support Dégagé Ministries and the Open Door Women’s Center, as a W4D Ambassador.

What is the Open Door Women’s Center?

The Open Door Women’s Center at Dégagé provides a safe haven during the overnight hours to adult women in crisis. The Open Door provides services for female residents of Kent County who are eighteen years of age and older and in need of shelter. More than 600 individual women stay at the shelter each year at a cost of to the ministry of $40 per woman per night. The Open Door has a capacity of 80 women. Christ’s love is reflected in a welcoming environment where women are encouraged to make positive lifestyle changes. During the day women may visit the Life Enrichment Center to utilize Dégagé’s Services as needed. Staff are also available during the day to assist with setting goals and exploring options for securing permanent sustainable housing.

Why support Dégagé and the Open Door Women’s Center?

The Center never wants to turn women away due to a lack of space and resources. Your help will ensure that doesn’t happen and will make a tremendous impact on the lives of women facing homelessness in our city. Your time, treasures, and talents are a huge blessing!

What does W4D do?

W4D engages women in our community to support the mission of Dégagé and its Open Door Women’s Center. W4D Ambassadors employ their energy and resources to measurably impact the lives of the women served by the Center. W4D provides the resources needed to bridge the gap between staying at the Open Door and securing and sustaining permanent housing. Refer to Ambassador Opportunity sheet for more information.

Who is W4D?

W4D Ambassadors are a diverse group of caring and compassionate local women in our community. They are committed to helping other women in our community secure and sustain safe and affordable shelter for themselves and their children.

For more information on Women for Dégagé, please email us.

They are you. They are us. Together we can do so much.

Ambassador Opportunities

Ways to get Involved

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A Place for Her

photos from the Thursday, August 22, 2019 event