Ground broken on new D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s site

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Ground is broken on a new $10 million D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s facility at Deal Lake Avenue and Knapp Street in Grand Rapids. (Aug. 19, 2021)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Ground was broken Thursday on a new $10 million home for D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s.

The multipurpose facility will stand on the northeast corner of Dean Lake Avenue NE and Knapp Street in Grand Rapids.

A rendering of the new $10 million D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s facility at Deal Lake Avenue and Knapp Street in Grand Rapids. (Aug. 19, 2021)

Its goal is to bring all D.A. Blodgett services — like family counseling and fostering and adoption programs — to one site, rather than spreading them out across three campuses.

“It’ll be great for families because it will hopefully take out transporting times, and the shuffling, and the loading kids up and packing them in the car and unpacking them out of the car. If they can do everything in one location, it’s just going to make their lives that much easier, knowing foster parenting can already have its challenges,” foster care placement specialist Stacey Goodson said.

The organization says that not only does it expect to save some $2 million over the next 20 years, the move will also double its capacity.

The project was paid for through the Together for Kids fundraising campaign, including a $1 million donation from Mill Steel Company owners David and Susan Samrick.

Construction on the new campus should wrap up late next year.

Ground was broken Aug. 19, 2021, on a new $10 million D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s facility at Deal Lake Avenue and Knapp Street in Grand Rapids.

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