Calvin College Project Neighborhood

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

  • Last updated: February 29, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: May 9, 2013

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

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].