What is Treetops?
Treetops Collective is a cross-cultural movement that connects with and invests in New American (refugee) women leaders, together transforming our communities into places of belonging.
We imagine a world where any person who has experienced the pain of displacement finds a community where they can live a vibrant, whole life in connection with their neighbors.
Imagine leaving the comfort of your home to move halfway around the world — where everything is new. You’d quickly realize how much of your identity had been rooted in the confidence you drew simply from being known and connected to a place.
Through our holistic, relational model, Treetops Collective is providing opportunities for refugee women and teen girls to find their place in West Michigan, reclaim their identity, and build new relationships.
Treetops Collective is a cross-cultural movement that connects with and invests in New American women leaders, together transforming our communities into places of belonging.Our programming includes leadership development in refugee communities, mental health care support, teen programming, and social enterprise. We also serve as a resource connector between organizations in Grand Rapids and the refugee communities and leaders.
Through relationship and conversations with refugee women in Grand Rapids, we learned that women have specific and additional challenges when resettling versus their male counterparts. Just a few of those extra challenges include driving, pregnancy and childcare, isolation, and education.
We currently do not have specific programming for men or boys; however, we are hoping to expand resources soon, particularly in the mental health space.
One of the simplest ways to support our work is to donate here https://treetopscollective.org/pages/giving. There are many ways to contribute to our programming and community space on a monthly or one-time basis. You can also volunteer (see above) or apply for a job opening.
The event space will be open to the public and rentals in June 2023.