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New home's sale to help West Michigan's homeless
New home's sale to help West Michigan's homeless

WALKER, Mich.—A new home taking shape in Walker  will help West Michigan’s homeless.

On Tuesday October 1, Walker-based Ver Woert Construction broke ground on the house at 4588 Gordonshire NW.

Company owner Ken Ver Woert is donating the proceeds from the home’s sale to Degage Ministries.  Ver Woert and his wife Stephanie have been donors to Degage for many years, but he says a sermon he recently heard at church inspired him to give in a new way.

“My firm and core group of subcontractors have been blessed with strong sales coming out of the recession and it was in a recent sermon that it hit me, perhaps I should figure out a way to use our God given talents in a real way and give back to help others in need. So it was laid upon my heart to build a home and donate the proceeds to Dégagé,” said Ver Woert.

After convincing vendors to reduce their prices, Ver Woert expects Degage will receive approximately $45,000 from the sale of the Walker area home.

“Degage Ministries is absolutely honored to be the recipient of the blessing that Ken, his company and his wonderful contractors are providing to the people we serve,” said Marge Palmerlee, Executive Director of Degage Ministries. “As far as I know this is the first time Degage, or perhaps any ministry in Heartside, has benefited in this fashion.  This substantial gift will make a tremendous impact on our ability to transform lives and restore hope to those we serve.  We are blessed to call Ken and Stephanie friends, not because of this gift, but because of their hearts.”

If all permits are approved, Ver Woert expects the home will be completed by mid-February 2014.