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Clothes Closet expands in ministry opportunities for neighborhood

Heritage Hill Outreach Ministry runs a clothing ministry, with clothing selling for 50 cents each, as well as hospitality, Bible study and chapel services.
Presient of H.H.O.M. shakes hands with speaker Rev. Marteen Kuivenhoven Pastor of  Heritage Nethrlands Reformed Church.

Presient of H.H.O.M. shakes hands with speaker Rev. Marteen Kuivenhoven Pastor of Heritage Nethrlands Reformed Church. /Allen Wegener

Sign displays Ministry roday and it's location here in Grand Rapids.

Sign displays Ministry roday and it's location here in Grand Rapids. /Allen Wegener

The entance sign to the Chapel that has Sunday afternoon services at 2:30 p.m.

The entance sign to the Chapel that has Sunday afternoon services at 2:30 p.m. /Allen Wegener

Heritage Hill Outreach Ministry (HHOM) started out as a Sunday School and clothing ministry in the basement of a church by church member Mary Boluyt, who had a love for the people and wanted to help them.

Today, the ministry is located at 935 East Fulton Street here in Grand Rapids, and continues to run the "Clothes Closet," where clothing is sold for 50 cents each. 

"I preach here once a month," says Rev. Maarten Kuivenhoven, Pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Church here in Grand Rapids. "The purpose of Heritage Hills Outreach Ministry is to be a spirtual and material benefit to local residents."

HHOM's three C's of purpose today as well is "Coffee, Cookies, and Conversation" served in the main lobby where the clothes are offered to local residents.

"I've been involved as President with HHOM for over a year now," says George Lubbers, President. "I've been involved with this mission for 12 years, but because of other activies and obligations in the mother church who supports the ministry, I have not been able to be as involved as I once was." 

"The mission today has other outreach programs as well," says Lubbers. "There's a chapel service on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. and Bible study on Monday morning at 11:30 a.m. followed by a lunch served with pizza." HHOM receives their speakers from Puritan Reformed Seminary and typically the student speakers are sophmores or higher in their educational level to be able to speak to the chapel attendees. "We're here to serve the local residents and are totally led by the Holy Spirit's direction in the way God wants us to go," says Lubbers.

All are welcomed to attend the Chapel service as well as the Bible study on Monday mornings.

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