Programs


Our Programs

Rebuilding social fabric so women and families can put their roots down deep
Our community development work is focused on partnering with women to rebuild social fabric--the fibers that help any of us feel like we belong and we have people who will support us in good or hard times. Families shouldn't move to a new home just to live on the margins, we believe our communities can be much more welcoming than that.

Sister Circles Program

The Sister Circles program is at the heart of our mission of connecting refugee women to people and opportunities so they can flourish for generations to come.

Women and teen girls are referred to us by our community connectors or resettlement case-workers, usually after the initial resettlement period, when families are figuring out what it means to not just survive here but put down roots and truly thrive.

New Americans referred to us are offered the opportunity to apply to participate in a 9 month program in which we discover their goals and partner with them in realizing those goals. Program participants have the opportunity to:
  • Be partnered with a cross-cultural partner
  • Attend group workshops on vital topics with guest speakers
  • Connect with personalized resources via our larger network of partners
  • Lead or attend creative gatherings with their cross-cultural partner
  • Meet with Treetops team members regularly to share how we can help them reach their goals

The Sister Circles program exists to welcome our newest sisters in West Michigan, listen to their definition of success, and become their ally in reaching their goals. Members of Sister Circles, both program participants and cross-cultural partners benefit from mutual exploration of each other’s cultures, goals, and dreams.
Group Workshops
Sister Circles program participants commit to attending workshops with the rest of their cohort during the 9 month program. Guest speakers share their expertise on topics ranging from financial planning and taxes to accessing health care and enrolling in school.

The teen girls cohort meets once a month on a weekend afternoon, while the women's cohort meets 5 times on a weekend from morning to evening.
Cross-Cultural Partnerships
Seeking to form meaningful, lasting friendships, Sisters meet 4 hours a month for a minimum of 9 months during the Sister Circles program.

They gather in each other’s homes and experience life together by practicing English, sharing meals, attending Treetops Creative Gatherings, partnering to reach goals, and going on excursions in and around Grand Rapids.
Resource Network
Our city is filled with people who want to be welcoming--business owners, nonprofit leaders, creatives, therapists, city leaders.

Members of our Sister Circles cohorts meet monthly with Treetops team members and are intentionally connected to people and opportunities that will help them flourish. Women and teen girls referred to us that don't choose to participate in Sister Circles are referred to community resources.

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Equity Circle

Good things can happen when communities think outside the box and innovate together. We're in the very beginning stages of piloting a match savings program for the women and teen girls in our program. Our purpose is to cultivate economic equity alongside our work to rebuild social fabric. Does this ignite your passion and make you excited? Then we should talk about how you can get involved.

Let's Talk About Equity