Builders Exchange of Michigan Hosts Golf Outing to Benefit Guiding Light’s Back to Work Program
For Immediate Release
Contact: Starla McDermott
Guiding Light, 616.451.0236, ext. 20
Sabo PR, 616.401.5137
Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 24 – Golfers and community members will gather on Monday, July 22 for the Builders Exchange of Michigan 63rd Bart Austhof Memorial Golf Outing to benefit Guiding Light’s Back to Work program.
Registration, networking and brunch will begin at 10 a.m. at Thornapple Pointe Golf Club in Grand Rapids. The four-person scramble will begin at 11:30 a.m. and be followed by dinner, awards and prizes. Proceeds will support Guiding Light’s Back to Work program, which provides men who are homeless a short-term stay and resources while they search for full-time employment.
Designed to promote financial independence through work, Back to Work allows participants to save money while they look for permanent housing. Of the 32 men accepted into the program so far this year, nearly 92% left with a job.
This will be the fourth year the golf outing will benefit Guiding Light’s Back to Work program. Last year, the event raised more than $12,000.
“Men who enroll in our Back to Work program face significant barriers to finding and keeping full-time work, including debt, lack of housing, lack of transportation and other obstacles,” said Stuart Ray, Guiding Light executive director. “The generosity of Builders Exchange allows us to continue to support men who are struggling in our community by giving them an opportunity to gain financial independence through meaningful work.”
Back to Work provides beds, three meals a day and tools to find a job. Men in the program are able to use a computer lab for researching jobs and creating resumes. They can also receive job coaching and access a closet full of suits for interviews. As needed, the men are provided transportation and any prerequisites they may need to accept a job offer, such as work boots or uniforms.
In 2018, men who entered Back to Work shouldered an average of nearly $9,600 in debt. They are required to save money while they look for full-time employment and more permanent housing. The majority of men who successfully completed Back to Work last year left the program having erased their debt and with an average savings of approximately $1,915.
“We continue to support Guiding Light because we believe in its mission to get men off the street and on a payroll,” said Elizabeth Bovard, executive vice president of Builders Exchange of Michigan. “Having a job gives you ownership in helping to sustain a strong community. We understand the dignity that comes with knowing you can provide for yourself and your family, and we’re proud to help support Guiding Light’s re-engagement efforts.”
Organizations can participate in the golf outing to support Guiding Light through sponsorship opportunities. Door prize donations for the raffle are also being accepted.
Those interested in sponsoring the Builders Exchange of Michigan 63rd Bart Austhof Memorial Golf Outing may complete the registration and sponsorship form available at home.grbx.com.
Founded in 1929 as the West Fulton St. Mission, Guiding Light has grown into a robust recovery and re-engagement community designed to help those living at society’s margins fulfill their God-given potential. Through its Back to Work, Recovery and Iron House programs, Guiding Light works with men struggling with addiction and homelessness to return to society. For more information, visit guidinglightworks.org.
THIS MEANS THAT ANYONE WHO BELONGS TO CHRIST HAS BECOME A NEW PERSON. THE OLD LIFE IS GONE; A NEW LIFE HAS BEGUN!
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17