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Wedgwood Christian Services

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Extending God's love to youth, adults, and families through professional counseling and educational services.

Results: Since 1960 Wedgwood Christian Services has impacted the lives of 300,000 children, teens, and families through residential care, educational support, and community and counseling services.

Target demographics: at-risk children and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 11,000 children and their families

Geographic areas served: Michigan

Programs: innovative counseling and prevention programs, educational services and residential treatment programs.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wedgwood Christian Services has provided thorough, thoughtful, trauma-informed support for students with behavioral, emotional, and mental health needs. I've known Wedgwood to have competent, caring staff who are committed to making a difference in the lives of children and families. Wedgwood creatively partners with and consistently supports the surrounding community to better serve families and children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wedgwood is committed to helping at risk youth and their families. Everyone at Wedgwood is dedicated to this mission! It was a great place to work and to learn. The knowledge that I gained at Wedgwood is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The staff at Wedgwood cares so much for the people they serve. It is their passion and they thrive because they make a huge impact in the lives of children and their community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Vulnerable adolescents and children can too often be preyed on, isolated and victimized. The important work of Wedgwood's Manasseh Project and the education around sex trafficking is key to thwarting predators. A special thanks to Wedgwood's informed speakers engaging with and making first responders (and others!) aware of human trafficking. I am so thankful to the Manasseh Project for doing their part to stomp out trafficking in West Michigan.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wedgwood LOVES God and kids and does everything possible to support these kids. The kids at Wedgwood are loved unconditionally while in a safe place where they can be themselves and get the help they need. I feel confident that the money we have given to this organization is used wisely after first seeking God's hand and guidance in how the funds are used. Wedgwood cares so deeply for the hurting kids right here in our community and is making a life-long impact in their lives. Thank you Wedgwood for taking care of the kids in and around all of our neighborhoods and sharing the love of Christ with them which will change them forever!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a UPS team, we have had the amazing opportunity to serve Wedgewood and it's clients (children that reside at Wedgewood) on many occasions. On most occasions, we simply provide a day of fun and games for their clients. Wedgewood is a world class organization that simply has a burning desire to show love and respect to these awesome children. The team at Wedgewood are passionate about their mission, and execute the strategy with excellence. We are honored to be associated with the Wedgewood team.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've known about Wedgwood since its founding, served on and chaired the Board of Directors for 9 years and volunteered in a residential home. Wedgwood has always been faithful to her mission and through thoughtful discernment and leadership the organization has grown in scope and depth. Over the years Wedgwood has served the critical needs of hurting and abused children and done it with professionally excellent counseling and education services. Because of Wedgwood's commitment to serving the "least of these", the lives of countless children and many families have been transformed for the better and given hope for a future. Wedgwood's range of programs - e.g., secure residential treatment, adolescent substance abuse treatment, sexual offender treatment, home-based counseling, prevention services, parenting support, developmental disabilities, sex trafficking and education - has allowed the organization to treat a broad range of problems impacting children. The organization has always used resources wisely and in spite of inadequate reimbursement for many of the services, committed donors and a dedicated staff have continued to provide sensitive and loving support to all those served. That love and commitment has always been rooted in Wedgwood's Christian commitment. Our community is richer because of Wedgwood's decades of service to children and families. I am 100% supportive of Wedgwood and found it a blessing to serve the organization on the Board, to serve as a volunteer, and to lead two major capital campaigns. If someone doesn't know about Wedgwood, they should visit the campus, meet the staff and see first-hand the incredible work being done every day to give hope to those hurting. I'm confident they will come away appreciating this organization.

1 Peri Lynn Byard S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The first time I walked thru the doors of Wedgewood as a scared 13-year-old girl, it was the seventh time I had been put into a residential setting. From age five to 13 I lived in both religious and non religious facilities. I had survived years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse: I neither believed nor trusted any of the staff members there. The first year I was belligerent, rude, angry, in return, they were patient, kind, and nonthreatening. Each member of the team lived in a way which represented the Christ in whom they believed, they didn't have to preach, each kind word, each warm hug spoke volumes. A year later while spending a week at Grace Bible Camp, I met Jesus Christ for myself, praying Him into my heart. The next three years I learned more about life, then I had my first thirteen. When I graduated from high school, I left the protective walls of Wedgwood equipped with the tools I needed to begin my life, on my own, in the real world. I am 65 years of age now, and yet not a day goes by that doesn't reflect some hint of those four years worth of teaching. I don't know where I would be today had I not met Jesus as my Savior, but I wouldn't be where I am now, and I will forever be thankful for Wedgwood and those who represent it.(The pictures are me at age 12, today, posing with Mr. and Mrs. Kos, houseparents, on the day of my high school graduation(age 17)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so impressed in the way this organization fills the need for some youth who have not had the loving/nurturing home that I was able to enjoy as a child, and my children did as well.
The efforts they make are so positive in their approach, to offer these individuals a chance at living a happy productive life, with love and purpose, to sustain them into adulthood. I have much respect for their staff and the programs they have set in place with one goal in mind, healing, loving, forgiveness, faith.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Wedgwood Christian Services. Their compassion for the children and families in our community is so evident in the work that they do. They strive to make every single child who walks through their door feel loved and accepted. They go far above and beyond for our community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wedgwood is a groundbreaking organization. Unafraid to tackle the most difficult and potentially controversial situations, they take Christian love and compassion to a new level. The team is highly professional, focused on their mission, and talented. West Michigan supports their efforts to make a difference in the lives of children and teenagers who have experienced challenges beyond what most people could imagine.
It's impossible not to be moved by the courage and determination of their clients, and by the difference Wedgwood Christian Services has made in their lives. I am proud to support Wedgwood and humbled by the Wedgwood team, who takes on the mission with love, compassion and dignity.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Being part of Wedgwood has enlightened my understanding of West Michigan youth. The compassion, dedication, and perseverance of all of the staff and volunteers supports the children's needs in endless ways.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WCS does amazing work with children and has a patient and loving staff.