History

In the early 1940’s there was a growing concern for the needs of an indigent lady. Four men answered the call and began Rest Haven Homes in a country home outside Grand Rapids city limits. In late 1943, Grace Pell took over the ministry and Rest Haven Homes was incorporated as a non-profit, public charity. Through the years we outgrew the beautiful property in Spring Lake, Michigan and a stately home in northwest Grand Rapids. It was in 1963 that we opened the doors of a newly constructed, one level home. Over the years we have added additions to the main building and constructed forty-seven independent living apartments on our six-acre property. We are currently remodeling and redecorating our main facility and apartments to meet the growing needs of future generations.

Rest Haven Homes is not about the brick and mortar, but the loving care that dwells within its walls. It was many years ago we adopted the idea that our residents do not live in a facility, but our staff work in their home. We strive to maintain a home-like atmosphere that starts each day with a breakfast buffet. Lunch and dinner meals are served family-style. There’s always a jig-saw puzzle on the table and daily activities to meet the varied interests of our residents, from Bible studies to singalong’s to exercise to Jeopardy.

Our heart, serving one another, is drawn from the words of the Lord in Matthew 25:34-40: “The King will say: ‘I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you invited Me in.’” … “When did we see You hungry … or thirsty … or invite you in?” “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”