Calvin College Project Neighborhood

Last updated: February 29, 2016 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: May 9, 2013

Calvin College Project Neighborhood

(Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States)

Mission Statement:

developing intentional living

Community Description:

Founded in 1997, Project Neighborhood provides intentional Christian community to college students of Calvin, along with live-in post-college adult mentors. There are currently 6 houses that are part of Project Neighborhood–some of which are connected to local churched and all are connected with service-learning partnerships.


  • Type(s): Student Housing or Student Co-Op, Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience
  • Location: Urban


  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Planned number of residences: 6
  • Land owned by: Multiple stakeholders


  • Adult Members: 45
  • Child Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 71-80%
  • Percent Men: 21-30%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please contact Chris Klein and he will put you in contact with the specific house you wish to visit.
  • Membership Process: for Calvin students only and mentors only
  • Open to new Members: No


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: house mentors


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: common purse of grocery staples

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Wind, Hydro-Electric
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Christian

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network