Opening Doors 2017 will be held November 16, 2017  at the JW Marriot Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids!

About Opening Doors

Baxter Community Center’s Annual Celebration and Benefit

November, 2017
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Baxter Community Center’s Opening Doors Celebration took place Thursday, November 3, 2016, at the Amway Grand Plaza. It was our 13th Annual Opening Doors Celebration!

Baxter has often been described as a “safe place to grow.” It’s not just a tagline, but a description of how Baxter comes alongside its neighbors: providing resources that bring growth and health to families and individuals. Many in our community experience a lack of safety each day. They are victims of predatory lending, job insecurity, limited access to resources, racial discrimination and more. 

That’s why for our 2016 Opening Doors Celebration, Baxter decided to shine a light on these issues by choosing as its theme the acronym S.A.F.E. (Securing Access & Fostering Equity). Baxter Community Center extends access to key resources through its nationally accredited Child Development Center (serving over 100 children each year), Wholistic Health Center (medical, dental and WIC services), Marketplace and Gardening Programs, Mizizi Maji Mentoring Program and other initiatives. Through these and other programs, Baxter fosters equity and opportunity among thousands of neighbors, opening the doors to a brighter future and a healthier community. 

The evening featured dinner, a short program and the presentation of our 2016 St. Francis Award. We honored Dallas Lenear and Phil Quist who have both given of their time to be advocates in raising the awareness of financial security through education and financial equity (Micah Project) and securing access for Baxter’s income tax program participants. 

Details about next year’s event will be posted in the spring. If you’d like to be involved as a individual or business sponsor, please click below:

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Baxter sponsors are businesses and organizations that believe in the vital work of Baxter and want to partner with us in responding to the needs in our community & bringing forth change. They receive promotional benefits in addition to 1-2 full tables at the event, based on their sponsorship level:



Help spread the word about access and equity to resources in our community.



Invest into people’s lives as they seek to make wise financial decisions that lead to greater equality among our neighbors.



Carry the banner for equity and access to resources through the work of Baxter.



Make a significant impact for financial justice in the Baxter neighborhood and surrounding areas.

Thank you for considering becoming an Opening Doors sponsor!

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