About Oasis of Hope

While Oasis of Hope Center (OHC) opened on April 30th, 2007, the story actually began shortly after the turn of the current century.  Barbara Grinwis, a physician assistant on faculty at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) in the College of Health and Human Services, preparing new physician assistants for service, began to feel the Lord’s leading to leave academia and return to clinical medicine, but in a manner that more intentionally focused on the underserved. The rest reads like a story out of the Bible:  the successful orchestration of all the logistics necessary to start a free clinic; how the employment situation of Barb’s husband Dan was so dramatically altered that he was able to come alongside Barb in this new adventure on a full-time basis; how the two of them were able, against all worldly odds, to purchase a 100+ year-old commercial building just outside of downtown Grand Rapids; how a community came together and took a chance on them and invested resources to turn that building into an Oasis of Hope for the community; how the vision given to one person has exploded into a reality supported through the years by hundreds of supporters and hundreds of volunteer health professionals and so many others; how this originally Founder run organization has blossomed into one led by a strong and committed Board of Directors comprised of Christian leaders dedicated to the mission of OHC; and how through the subsequent years, thousands of lives have been touched and have had hope restored through an improvement in their health and their overall well-being – and most importantly, left knowing that it was all done in the name of Jesus Christ. Ask Dan and Barb for the details sometime, but be prepared to have your perceptions changed. Truly God is in this place and He proves it every day by His faithfulness.

 

Barb Grinwis

Barb is a board-certified Physician Assistant, licensed to practice in the state of Michigan. She has her Master’s degree in Family and Consumer Science with a major in Family Life Education. She was an assistant professor at Western Michigan University for 7 years teaching Physician Assistant students in the College of Health and Human Services and was a practicing Physician Assistant in Family Practice since 1991. She periodically serves as adjunct faculty at Grand Valley State University in the Physician Assistant Studies department.

Dan Grinwis

Dan was Director of Manufacturing Development for Holland American Wafer Company; his past duties included budgeting, cost containment and creating reality from an idea. Dan’s attention to detail and his knowledge of proposal writing is a definite benefit to OHC. Dan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Education, with a major in communication and is a part of the elder team at Downtown Christian Church.

Our VISION is a community where hope is restored by having basic health needs addressed in a Christ-centered environment. Our MISSION is to provide hope through low cost/free medical care and basic life-skills education to the economically disadvantaged and uninsured of the west-side of Grand Rapids, Michigan, in Jesus’ Name. Our ACTIONS and BEHAVIOR will always reflect these CORE VALUES and BELIEFS.

  • We believe that each of our clients is created equal and in the image of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • We are determined that our services will be given without prejudice to individuals with low income and no insurance.
  • It is our intention that each client walks away with not only an accurate diagnosis and a sound treatment plan, but also a feeling of self-worth from their experience with our caring providers and staff.
  • We will strive to represent the purpose of our services:  providing hope…in Jesus’ Name – as we interact with donors, vendors and our community neighbors, treating each one with the utmost of dignity and respect, reflecting God’s love.
  • We will handle and use each monetary or in-kind gift as well as any donated items with integrity and good stewardship.

Our STATEMENT OF FAITH: We believe in the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Who, out of His abundant love, created a good world, inclunding humankind, with which to share that love. We believe that humankind, given a choice, rebelled against the pre-eminence of God, choosing to attempt to elevate themselves into a position that belonged only to God, thereby introducing sin into the world and causing it to fall into a state of estrangement from its Maker. We believe that this rebellion continues to this present day.

We believe that God, out of His abundant love, physically engaged this world in the form of His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who by His life, death and resurrection, provided the only means by which humanity is enabled to cease its rebellion and become reconciled with its Creator. They, by believing in the power of Christ’s work as the only complete and effective payment for humanity’s offences, are endowed, by God’s grace, with His righteousness, this faith in Christ thereby justifying them in the Father’s eyes and restoring them to communion with the Triune God.

We believe that Jesus Christ, upon His return to Heaven, established the Church, the universal body of believers who, empowered by the Holy Spirit, are commisioned to continue His work of reconciliation in the world until He returns to gather up His Church and present it to the Father in Heaven, with Whom the Church shall dwell for eternity.

We believe that this present work of reconciliation involves the Church, corporately and as individuals, becoming transformed into living representatives of Jesus Christ, totally identified not only with His life, death and resurrection, but also with His work of reconciling all creation to its Maker and bringing abundant joy and hope to humankind in the name of Jesus Christ.

We believe that this reconciliation involves not only spiritual healing, but also the process of meeting physical needs and deficiencies and relieving other forms of suffering brought about by sin and by existence in a fallen world.

We believe, therefore, that all Christians are called and mandated to be a part, however large or small, of this process to the extent that they have been empowered, gifted and enabled to do so by God.

Oasis of Hope Center is committed to privacy:

As a provider of health-care services, Oasis of Hope Center is acutely aware of the importance of confidentiality; it is foundational to the trust our patients place in us, as well as being required by law. We will extend the same degree of confidentiality to any personal or private information shared with us or our affiliates. If you are providing information to us, personal or non-personal, we assume you are doing so for a specific purpose and we will exert our best efforts to safeguard that information so that it can be used only for your original purpose, including never sharing your information with any unrelated third-party without your permission.

Other financial accountability documents, including audited financials and tax forms are available for inspection by appropriate parties upon request.

2017 OHC Annual Report

2017-18 Solicitation Registration

Scott Alsgaard, President

Scott Alsgaard came to OHC with a clear passion for helping those who need a helping hand in life.  While he is busy raising a teenage daughter, and is engaged in the HR field, he has shown a zeal to spend time offering himself to those with less resources and options.  His energy and skills are a valuable addition to OHC’s Board.

 

Dan Braker, Executive Director

Dan is OHC’s Executive Director and is the husband of OHC’s Medical Director and long-time volunteer provider, Dr. Laurie Braker. Dan is a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and exhibits a deep commitment to OHC’s mission and to the welfare of the people of this community. A graduate of Wheaton College, Dan is an actor, an accomplished musician, and a passionate teacher. He has extensive administrative experience, including medical office management. Dan’s knowledge of OHC’s history, operation, and culture and his administrative skills equip him to be an ideal leader for this ministry. OHC’s Executive Director serves as a non-voting, ex-officio member of OHC’s Board.

 

Rita Rodriguez, Secretary

Rita was the Clinical Coordinator at Oasis of Hope Center for 4 years. She is currently the Learning Resource Coordinator for the Grand Valley State University Simulatin Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received her MSN, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, from the University of Wisconsin. Adventure in the outdoors and travel make her happy.

 

Dan Grinwis, Interim Treasurer

Dan was Director of Manufacturing Development for Holland American Wafer Company; his past duties included budgeting, cost containment and creating reality from an idea. Dan’s attention to detail and his knowledge of proposal writing is a definite benefit to OHC. Dan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Education, with a major in communication and is a part of the elder team at Downtown Christian Church.

 

Andrew Booth, Member-at-Large

Andy is a board-certified Physician Assistant, licensed to practice in the State of Michigan. He has a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Central Michigan University. He is currently the Interim Program Director and an Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Studies department at Grand Valley State University. He is also a volunteer care provider at OHC.

 

F.R. ‘Ray’ Lovell, Jr. MD, Member-at-Large

Ray is an outstanding local physician, surgeon and administrator bringing a wealth of health-care experience to OHC’s Board table. His strong faith, his compassion for those hurting and in need, along with his mature wisdom will be invaluable resources for OHC as the Lord leads this ministry forward.

 

Dan Boldt, Member-at-Large

Dan is a board certified clinical pharmacist with a specialty in anti-coagulation. He has been involved with Oasis of Hope Center since 2012. He is excited to be involved with Oasis’ mission of providing hope to those in need in the name of Jesus and hopes to use his knowledge and skills to further expand access to health care in West Michigan. His wife, Paige, also volunteers as a PA and they enjoy sharing the passion of supporting this wonderful clinic.

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Oasis of Hope 522 Leonard St. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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