Gilda’s Club provides free emotional healthcare to children, adults, families, and friends on any kind of cancer journey, or those grieving the death of someone in their life from any cause. Nearing its 17th year of operation, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids is one of the largest, and busiest Gilda’s Club locations in North America.
Each month, they offer more than 300 free activities, support groups, and workshops for adults, children, and families. Programs include everything from yoga, mindfulness-based stress reduction, presentations by local oncologists, to healthy eating classes, card making, and more. Annually, they offer over 180 support groups for children and teens, and 980 adult cancer and grief support groups, all facilitated by master’s degree-level professionals.
“Place” is just as important to them as their programs, so Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids is purposefully located in a welcoming, home-like setting in the heart of a residential neighborhood on the northwest side of Grand Rapids. The Clubhouse is a fully renovated 120-year old farmhouse, with a newly constructed barn, and is settled on six acres of gardens and walking paths.