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Hometown Heroes 2015 Profiles: Sylvia Daining

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We are continuing a series of posts highlighting the awards recipients for the 2015 Hometown Heroes Celebration put on by the American Red Cross of West Michigan.

Hometown Heroes Celebration

The event will be held on Thursday, April 30 from 6:00PM-10:00PM at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. For ticket information please visit our Hometown Heroes event page.

Each year the American Red Cross celebrates the community heroes who inspire us through their commitment to service and their recognition of the humanity of their neighbors down the street, across the country, and around the world. The event will be held on Thursday, April 30 from 6:00PM-10:00PM at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. For ticket information please visit our Hometown Heroes event page.


The American Red Cross is pleased to honor Sylvia Daining with the Dr. Charles Drew Health Advocate Award, in honor of an individual who has dedicated their life to a cause that directly impacts the health and well-being of others.

Sylvia began her career as a Program Administrator at Wedgwood Christian Services. Wedgwood Christian Services aids youth and families through professional counseling and educational services. She concentrated on behavioral and mental health development of at-risk children and families during her thirty years of service.

Sylvia then began her 12 year journey as Executive Director for Health Intervention Services (HIS), a one-of-a-kind resource for Grand Rapids and Kent County residents for healing. Located in the Burton Heights neighborhood of Grand Rapids, HIS serves patients from all over the city and surrounding areas. The organization strives to meet every need through the large range of services and is proud to offer top-quality care benefiting from the service and expertise of over 75 volunteer medical personnel. The variety of the services, including physical, emotional and spiritual care, ensures the ability to provide healing for today and hope for tomorrow. HIS is committed to serving people of any origin, gender, age, religion and creed. Sylvia recently retired from HIS.

Although Sylvia is now retired, she serves on the Board of Directors for Peoples Health Centers and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. She is also a member of Madison Square Christian Reformed Church and involved in the Grand Rapids Community Gospel Chorus. Sylvia also enjoys reading, golfing, biking and traveling internationally.

The Red Cross is proud to recognize Sylvia Daining, a wonderful individual who has made such a positive change in the community.

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