Harambee House

What makes it unique

Harambee means "Pulling together" in Swahili. The Harambee house is in a former parsonage built in 1912 next to First Christian Reformed Church. Since 1999, the church has partnered with Project Neighborhood to support the ministry in the neighborhood. Wednesday night community dinners at the church bring together neighbors and church members of all ages. After dinner and worship, some students help leading games and discussions with kids, while others enjoy laughing with the adult group over coffee.


Next door, the Bates Place community center works to link neighbors to each other and non-profit resources. Harambee and Bates Place host a neighborhood pig roast every spring. Bates Place fosters dialogue between between community members and the Grand Rapids Police Department through monthly Coffee with the Captain meetings. Students in Harambee can also partner with Bates Place in welcoming people who have been in prison and supporting their re-entry into society.


Madison Area Association:
Address: 1309 Madison Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Phone:(616) 988-2863


656 Bates SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


How many people live in Harambee?

Up to 6 students and the mentor(s).