Mayflower sets aside a significant percentage of our annual budget for Outreach. 

As we live into Jesus’ Great Commandment, these funds impact our community, our country, and our world. 


“Filling the Pantry” for Safe Haven Ministries

Safe Haven operates an emergency safe shelter which is available for individuals and families fleeing domestic abuse. During their stay residents receive ongoing case management and support.

The shelter operates a pantry for residents and Mayflower is committed being a community Pantry Partner by filling it with the MOST NEEDED items by the first 2 weeks of March. 

in the bins under the portico
weekdays from 9am-2pm


  • 33 Gallon (Extra Large) Trash Bags
  • 13 Gallon (Tall) Scented Trash Bags
  • Laundry Pods
  • Paper Towel
  • Toilet Paper
  • Clorox/Cleaning Wipes
  • Ziploc Bags (Quart and Gallon)


  • Size 5 Diapers
  • Size 6 Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Menstrual Products – Pads, Liners
  • Bubble Bath – Kids and Adult

Over-The-Counter Medications

  • Benadryl/Allergy Medicine
  • Ibuprofen/Acetaminophen
  • Melatonin Gummies
  • Tums/Pepto



  • Baby Formula
  • Baby Food Pouches
  • Baby Bottles
  • Coffee
  • Coffee Creamer (liquid or powder)
  • Cooking Oil- vegetable, canola
  • Rice
  • Crackers
  • Popcorn
  • Cereal
  • Chips and Snacks (Individual snack bags preferred)
  • Granola Bars
  • Poptarts
  • Kool aid/Drink Mixes
  • Apple Juice
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Pasta/Rice Side dishes
  • Sugar
  • Cake/Brownie Mix
  • Mayo/Miracle Whip
  • Salad Dressings
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Hot Sauce
  • Honey
  • Syrup
  • Seasonings/Spices
  • Alfredo Sauce
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Chicken
  • Canned Fruit/fruit cups
  • Canned Beans – all types
  • Canned Ravioli/Spaghettios

Donations helped make a new home handicap accessible for a special family.


“We can’t thank you and all at Mayflower enough again.”

“As you know, Bethany exists to support vulnerable families in the U.S. and around the world. Arthur and his family arrived in Grand Rapids to be resettled through Bethany Christian Services’ Refugee Resettlement Program in the Winter of 2020.

Difficulty finding affordable housing in the city for a large family was compounded by the need for increased accessibility. Arthur previously suffered an incident which left him wheelchair bound, with reduced mobility in both his arms and legs. When a home of a suitable size and price was secured, it was discovered to have serious accessibility issues. Slopes on the property and steep stairways left estimates for a new accessibility ramp at nearly $6,500.

Fortunately, at the request of Bethany Christian Services, several West Michigan communities came together to address the family’s need for an accessible home. Solid Rock Ministries volunteered their knowledge and expertise, by designing a 40-foot wooden accessibility ramp and obtaining a permit from the city. Meanwhile, Bethany received permission to construct the proposed ramp from Urban Pharm, the property management company in charge of the home. 

Mayflower Congregational came together and generously donated the funds necessary to cover the cost of lumber and hardware for the build. Finally, after a month of planning, coordination, and preparation, at 7:30am on a Thursday December Morning, groups of volunteers from DISHER Engineering and Nelson’s Builders, along with a build supervisor from Solid Rock, arrived at the site to break ground. The whole thing only took half a day thanks to the expertise of the volunteer builders involved. 

After the ramp was complete and the volunteers were admiring the completed project, Arthur and two of his children came out to try out the new ramp, with smiles on their faces. Their enthusiasm was clear as Arthur’s daughter helped her father navigate the ramp down to the driveway with ease. Without the help of our partners, Solid Rock Ministries, Mayflower Congregational, Urban Pharm, Nelson’s Builders, DISHER, and the Grand Rapids Building and Safety department this project would not have been possible. It is an excellent example of a project coming together to meet Bethany’s mission of supporting vulnerable families in Grand Rapids. “



Making cold meal bags for overflow shelter and outreach
– Needed immediately –
  • Must have sealed packaging
  • Cold sandwiches can be handmade and wrapped in plastic and placed in a ziplock bag/box
  • Meals should be balanced with Proteins, Fruit, Veg, Dairy, Grains, Beverage (water, juice, milk).
Daily meals need estimated to be 50.

Mel Trotter Ministries’ NEW Mobile Shower Unit will allow those experiencing homelessness to receive a hot shower with dignity and compassion as they move to seek sustainable housing and employment opportunities.

The mobile shower unit will be placed at strategic locations throughout the city where hygiene services are most needed. Mel Trotter Ministries, along with community partners including The Other Way Ministries and The Homeless Outreach Team are building relationships in the West Michigan community to help unsheltered individuals with tangible needs such as hygiene.


Outreach in March will be “Filling the Pantry”
for Safe Haven Ministries.

Safe Haven is a ministry focused on following Christ’s example, and motivated by our community needs, to prevent and end relationship abuse.

Safe Haven operates an emergency safe shelter which is available for individuals and families fleeing domestic abuse. During their stay residents receive ongoing case management and support. 

The shelter operates a pantry for residents and at Mayflower we are committed to filling that pantry with the most needed items in the month of March.

Our website will have a link to the list posted in February.

A Note of Thanks from our friends
at IHN/Family Promise:

Dear Mayflower Congregants,

We are blown away at the incredible amount of food you were all able to put together and provide to the families at Family Promise. Thank you so much for continuing to provide support to those in need during these exceptionally worrisome times. We are so grateful to have you all as partners in this important work.

Thank you for making this opportunity a blessing to so many!

Stay tuned for an upcoming 2021 date to participate.
Please email Ruth with your interest.

The Mayflower Outreach Committee voted to support and to fund the following projects since fall 2018:


Our committee continues to be grateful for the generous support of the congregation. 

We seek to be a blessing to those around us and a force for good in the world.