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STARLIGHT MINISTRIES INC

Where Hope Outshines Grief

Hudsonville, MI   |  www.starlightmin.org

Mission

A Christ-centered ministry that provides Hope, Healing, and Support for those who are grieving a death loss.

Currently, we service the greater West Michigan area, but have a vision to reach a broader demographic in the near future with our grief-support services.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Mrs. Jolynn Van Wienen

Main address

3376 Central Blvd

Hudsonville, MI 49426 USA

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EIN

26-4803944

NTEE code info

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Christian (X20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our community is in need of a Christ-centered grief and education facility. Deaths continue to rise in our region due to illness, tragedies, suicide loss, and deaths related to the pandemic of 2020. It is our goal to provide bereavement services to our community by having a facility of our own. Families in our community need a place for when they have experienced a death in their life. They need support, education, and healing in their grief process. Starlight wants to be that place for our community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Christian Peer to Peer support groups

Age-appropriate groups that support one another along their grief journey. Each group is led by a trained facilitator and follows a particular curriculum each night.
Specific adult death loss groups available:
1. General loss (open to any type of death loss)
2. Child loss group (parents who have had a child die)
3. Spousal loss group
4. Virtual Bereaved Mom's group

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Christian based social group for past and present participating families of Starlight Ministries. A time where families can spend time together doing something in a social setting and to take a break from their grief. It is a time an opportunity to be with other families who understand what they are experiencing.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

A four week class for the adult mourner or anyone who supports a bereaved person that desires to take a closer look at the factors that influence grief, gain tools for coping and make long range goals for recovery.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Yearly seminar for area churches providing grief education and resources in our area.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Alliance for Grieving Children 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients participating in support groups

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Christian Peer to Peer support groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our cumulative number in 2019 is the total sum of people we serviced in 2019

Number of support groups offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Christian Peer to Peer support groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Six sessions each unit serving six different groups, four times annually

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our greater vision for Starlight is to provide more families and individuals with Christ-centered grief support in West Michigan and beyond.
In order to do this, we are in process of creating our own facility to be able to increase the services we provide. For the past 10 years, we have met in an area church once a week. By moving to our own facility, we will be able to increase the number of nights we offer grief support and therefore increase the number of people and families in our community we serve.

Starlight Ministries, also has identified an important “next step" towards a stronger future. We have completed writing a Scripture-based grief support curriculum (unique only to Starlight Ministries) that can be reproduced and used in a variety of settings (small groups, families, churches, schools, etc.), across West Michigan and nation wide. Based on the latest research, families with busy schedules prefer shorter bursts of commitment and an “on and off ramp." Families can now participate in any or all of the four different six-week modules focused on intentionally integrating scripture-based grief resolution. Our goal is to continue using, evaluating, and improving the curriculum as well as obtain copyright privileges in order for us to be able to obtain a revenue stream via our curriculum.

We would also like to develop a Starlight participation data-base. This will enable families to utilize different aspects and information on grief 24/7.

We have written for grants to cover the $25,000 to remodel our current office space in order to hold support groups.

We are planning to launch a Monthly Giving Program in September 2020 in order to regulate our revenue and be able to budget accordingly.

We also have written for grants for a new online software program to place our participant's records online. This software also allows us to evaluate our services we provide.

Our Executive Director is working hard to produce the Monthly Donor Campaign pieces which contains information for potential donors.
This information will be shared during one-on-one appointments and a robust electronic campaign. Various grants are be researched and applied for as well as preparing for our major fundraising event in November 2020.

Nothing has been accomplished thus far. We are just embarking on this campaign and creating it.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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STARLIGHT MINISTRIES INC

Board of directors
as of 09/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Victoria Chapin

Author, Chaplain, Speaker

Term: 2021 - 2024

Jamie Prins

The Windcrest Group

Alvin Slont

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Chase Hoekwater

Winning at Home

Amy Kuncaitis

Behavior Specialist

Lisa Bartoszek

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Eric VandenBerg

Ronald Blue Trust

Michelle Gulker

Community Advocate

Elaine Meyers

Community Advocate

Pam Hill

Therapist

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/12/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/12/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.