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 death loss groups available such as 1. general loss (open to any type of death loss)
2. infant child loss (miscarriage, stillborn, early infant loss),
3. Child loss group (parents who have had a child die)
4. Spousal loss group

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Monthly 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 who 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

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.

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 9/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Kyle Kunnen

Senior Vice President, Mercantile Bank of Michigan

Term: 2015 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Jeffrey Doornbos

Cascade Die Casting Group

Term: 2016 -

Ross Timmerman

Independent IT Consultant

Susan VandePol

Author & Speaker

Richard Brummel

Brummel - Vredevoogd Insurance Agency

Kyle Kunnen

Mercantile Bank of Michigan

Jeffrey Doornbos

Cascade Die Casting Group

Jeff Elders

VMDE CPA Group

Ken Patterson

Steelcase

Tim Wolffis

Michigan Valve & Fitting

Karen DeVries

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Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • 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? Yes