North Ottawa Wellness Foundation

Programs & Projects

Programs & Projects


Our community partners are supporting their neighbors, customers, clients and patients with exciting projects and programs to support well-being. Please check this page often to learn about community events and collaborative efforts to support the the health and vitality of our community members.


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GHAPS Virtual Calming Room

A Virtual Calming Room from GHAPS for students, parents, staff, and all community members.

Press Release: Nature Prescriptions

Park Rx America, bringing nature prescriptions to local patients.

21-day Equity Challenge

Schools, businesses, non-profit agencies, PTOs, book clubs, study groups, churches participated in this challenge and the response was remarkable.

5-Day Corporate Equity Challenge

Partner Collaborations 

Thrive Ottawa County – Healthy school, community and home environments are critical to preventing children from experiencing ACEs and appropriately supporting students living with chronic stress, so that it does not get in the way of them achieving their aspirations. An increased focus on mental health and support is critical for helping our youth achieve their fullest potential. Thrive Ottawa County is a was created out of the Community Health Needs Assessment. It is a group of West Michigan organizations and individuals dedicated to informing our community about the importance of understanding the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), providing local ACEs data, and linking people to resilience resources. In order for children to meet developmental milestones, learn, grow and lead productive lives, it is critical that they be healthy.
Good social-emotional and mental health is a key component of children’s healthy development. Poverty, trauma, and inadequate treatment are three factors that have been shown to have a sustained, negative impact on children’s social, emotional and mental health. Unfortunately, racism is now recognized as an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) – a toxic source of stress with the potential to disrupt a child’s ability to learn, relate, grow, play, communicate, and problem-solve. ACEs disproportionately impact children of color. This is a downstream impact of the toxic environments created by institutions and systems that shape our lived experience in Washtenaw County (e.g. the justice, education, and healthcare systems).

Mindfulness in the Tri-Cities

Grand Haven Area Community Foundation / Tri-Cities College Access Network Pilot Mindful Schools Lessons

  • Central High School
  • Spring Lake High School – Independent Living Class
  • Peach Plains Elementary School
  • White Pines Middle School
  • Lakeshore Middle School
  • Grand Haven High School
  • West Michigan Academy of Arts & Academics

Grand Haven Area Public Schools

  • Providing Mindfulness lessons to all 5th and 7th graders as part of its comprehensive K-12 effort to address social and emotional wellness.
  • Providing Mindfulness education to counselors and social workers.


  • Ongoing Mindfulness classes for parents, preschoolers and teens
  • Mindfulness lessons within summer camps for pre-schoolers, teens, and counselors
  • Worksite Wellness Programming

YMCA Collaboration with Chamber of Commerce & Shape Corp.

  • Providing educational series, “Navigating Stress in your Organization and Beyond”

Shape Corporation’s Fitness Factory

  • Ongoing Mindfulness Challenges
  • Eight-week stress reduction series offered annually
  • Leadership Teams (Nissan Business Unit, Diversified Business Unit) participate in six hours of Mindfulness training
  • Take 5 Guided Relaxation Video on computer desktops
  • Various mindfulness classes offered annually

NOCH Clinical Team Mindfulness Exploration FY 2018

  • Primary care and Specialist practice Integration
  • Employee Wellness programmatic Integration
  • Community Education Seminar Series

Ottawa Area Intermediate School District

  • Mindfulness education within professional development offerings and general programming

Your Donations in Action

Thank you for considering a donation to support the mission of the North Ottawa Wellness Foundation. The North Ottawa Wellness Foundation is a component fund within the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Donations to the North Ottawa Wellness Foundation will support programs in our community that align with our mission and address one or more of the four wellness areas of

Effective Stress Management & Emotional Balance, Exercise, Movement & Quality Sleep, Clean Food & Nutrition, Helping Self, Helping Others

“I learned the importance of giving space for appropriate responses and how to achieve that space.”

“When I asked students to use quiet voices . . . they start taking deep breaths!”

“Nine out of ten say Mindfulness benefits them personally and professionally.”

“This will help me find more patience and take a moment before reacting.”

“Learning the science behind Mindfulness helped me understand THE WHY.”

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