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Urban Youth Outreach of Servants Center

The mission of the Urban Youth Outreach is to demonstrate and communicate God's saving love to at-risk youth and families in the Belknap-Lookout/South Creston neighborhoods of Grand Rapids.

About Servants Center

The mission of Servants Center is to help evangelical churches rediscover their calling to serve the poor through:

Educating and equipping the evangelical Church to serve the poor through:  hikin' in the hood, speaking engagements, training classes and consulting services.

Developing entrepreneurial poverty ministry models such as: homeless shelters, Urban Youth Outreach, Trusted Friends, crisis intervention, and street outreach.

Assisting other organizations (Community Rebuilders, Berean Baptist Church, Calvary Church) in developing ministries to the poor.

For more information concerning the Urban Youth Outreach or other ministries of Servants Center please contact Joel Shaffer at:

633 Livingston N.E.

Grand Rapids, MI  49503

(616) 458-2316  Fax: (616) 458-1925

Email:  ShafferUYO@prodigy.net


History of Urban Youth Outreach

While a student at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, Joel Shaffer responded to Gods call to live among and serve the inner-city poor. He and a couple of student friends moved into the inner-city. They opened their apartment to homeless men. Joel observed people running in and out, day and night, of another apartment in their inner-city building. He soon realized that street drugs were being sold there. One night a gun battle erupted between rival drug dealers.

When most people would try to get out of this tough neighborhood, Joel sensed an even stronger call from the Lord to stay and make a difference in Christs name. He began to work with the G.R. Vice Unit and the neighborhood association to help rid his street of the drug houses; teamed up with Servants Center to help launch a transitional homeless shelter for men; and worked as a supervisor of the community recreation program at Coit school until it closed due to lack of funds.

During Joels time as recreation supervisor, he realized the overwhelming needs and problems among these neighborhood youth. Over 60% of these kids lived in poverty, while over half of them came from single parent families. Several were victims of chronic neglect and abuse. Many joined gangs, experimented with drugs and alcohol, and developed promiscuous lifestyles. In 1995, Joel and his wife Sherilyn joined with Servants Center to develop an inner-city youth ministry reaching at-risk youth from the neighborhood. Along the way they began to form partnerships with neighborhood organizations such as Coit School and Camp Fire Clubs. Shaffers also formed a partnership with a neighborhood church, Berean Baptist to ensure that community children receive long-term discipleship.

Since 1995 several specific outreach ministries have grown to serve about 75 youth and families on a weekly basis:

  • Bible Clubs and small-group Bible studies
  • Tutoring in academic subjects
  • Environmental outings
  • Role model mentoring/discipleship
  • Employment
  • After-school recreation and enrichment
  • Leadership development/service learning
  • Sport outreaches, tournaments, leagues, and camps

If you are interested in learning more about this ministry please contact Joel

Shaffer at:

633 Livingston N.E.

Grand Rapids, MI  49503

(616) 458-2316  Fax: (616) 458-1925

Email:  ShafferUYO@prodigy.net




A Special Thanks to our Business Partners & Sponsors

678 Front Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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106 N. Main Kent City,  MI 49330

  (616)-678-5773 Fax:(616) 678-4916




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