Who We Are

Sacred Beginnings is a transitional program for women recovering from human trafficking, sexual exploitation and substance abuse. Since 2005, we have provided shelter, advocacy, aftercare and rehabilitation programs for women in the West Michigan area.


Our Board of Directors: Andy Soper, Sandra Welling (President), Lindsey Shull (Vice President), Dorothy Glidden (Co-Treasurer), Colleen Coughlin, Leslie King (CEO), Lisa O’Donovan (Treasurer), Darlene Eaves, Yvonne Alles (Secretary), Kris Ferluga, LuAnn Captain, Ralph Mason (Sergeant at Arms)

Our Parnters: Network 180, Grand Rapids Police Department, Degage Ministries, Michigan Department of Human Services, Michigan Community Re-entry Program, Salvation Army, Manasseh Project


The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
…to comfort all who mourn,
…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

 —ISAIAH 61:1-3


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