Here at CurlyHost, we love celebrating new beginnings. Our process of building websites online for businesses around the globe gives us a chance to start fresh with every project. A brand new logo, exploring a new color palette, a new website, you can practically hear the sigh of contentment as each project heads out the door and finds its space online.
As 2020 comes to a close, I know I’m not the only one that is excited for a fresh new beginning in 2021. As you embark on the new year, what’s made your goal list? Whether you separate it out by business or personal, we put together a few resolutions we’re keeping close as we lean in to support local businesses and our community.
You have our permission, go ahead and flip over the calendar early (we won’t tell), and let’s make 2021 a year of rest, recovery, and rejuvenation.
Get Involved with the Community
The idea for HeroRaise is rooted in a deep well of gratitude, which is why they consider our veterans, service members, first responders, and medical professionals to be Heroes. Heroes have sacrificed their own wellbeing to serve us… which is why HeroRaise is honored to provide fundraising services to them absolutely free of charge. Every cent raised is donated directly to the cause.
MI Recovery is a comprehensive set of options for recovery from substance use disorder and addiction. Our purpose is to implement recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC) strategy by creating a user-friendly experience, with an accompanying stigma-reduction marketing campaign, to assist in the access and navigation of substance use treatment and recovery support services throughout West Michigan.
Girls Growing 2 Women
Girls Growing 2 Women (GG2W) provides building blocks for educating and empowering young women in the greater Grand Rapids area. They hold regular meetings and special to form a positive, supportive, tight-knit sisterhood that encourages high school grads to think independently and become leaders in their community.
Guiding Light is a Grand Rapids-based program for men who want to re-engage with their community. The site had to be an easy tool for the public to connect directly with the staff, with easy navigation for those who wanted to help and those who needed help. Guiding Light serves the community with three tiers of entry: a job post for those seeking employment, a back-to-work program for those who have finished the recovery program, and a recovery program for those who are seeking freedom from addiction.
Focus on Personal Wellness
Sam Kalawart is a three-time Certified Breathwork Facilitator with 200+ hours of teacher training, Reiki Energy Therapist and the founder of The Healing Space. She is also the creator of Empowered Breathwork™, an experience in transformative healing using breath, somatic therapy, meditation & reiki energy work.
By blending technology and biology, supply chain, and advanced agriculture, their farm harnesses natural light, automatically adjusts temperature, wind, shade, humidity, and carbon dioxide. Their fresh greens are cut at the peak of growth, immediately packaged on-site and delivered to your local grocery store in 1-2 days.
Dynamic Movement & Recovery
Dynamic Movement & Recovery, aka DMR Move and Recover, aka DMR, was created to spread the message of a more modern perspective of pain, movement, and recovery that is rooted in science adheres to world-class standards and is built around the uniqueness of YOU.
ScarAway® works on newly healed wounds and on visible older scars, including hypertrophic scars and keloids. ScarAway® helps make scars years old flatter, smoother, less visible, and closer to your skin’s natural color and texture.
Gain Awareness + Perspective
Gender Equity Reading Initiative
The Gender Equity Reading Initiative (GERI) is a program developed by Safe Haven Ministries that utilizes children’s literature as a primary component of violence prevention. They have created a list of age-appropriate books for children and teens that explore alternatives to violent conflict. The selected books promote gender equity, leadership, respecting boundaries, and community connectedness. These shared values in turn help to reduce the impact of harm upon youth and their families.
Grand Rapids Pride Center
The Grand Rapids Pride Center has empowered LGBTQ+ individuals through supportive services and awareness since 1988. At the center is the Grand Rapids Pride Festival which brings allies together to celebrate each person and who they’re proud to be.
Running in Silence
Rachael Steil is an eating disorder in sports recovery advocate and the author of Running in Silence, which shares her story as an All-American athlete struggling with anorexia and binge eating. She is also the founder and speaker for the Running in Silence nonprofit to break misconceptions and raise awareness for eating disorders in sports.
Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, LMSW, RPT-S is a trauma therapist turned speaker, writer, and educator. She has a big personality that loves all things pink and sparkly, while also being very passionate about neuroscience, understanding the human brain, and healing trauma.
Support Local Businesses
Harmony Brewing Company
Harmony Brewing Company is the brainchild of three Eastown siblings, Barry, Heather, and Jackson VanDyke. Founded in 2008 Harmony now has two locations, Harmony Eastown and Harmony Hall. They have begun serving pizza, and offer an innovative pizza and beer delivery service.
Amy Carroll Print Shop
Amy Carroll is a traveling photographer whose photos can be seen in national retailers, magazines, and even celebrity homes. Originally a successful wedding photographer, Carroll found herself seeking out more and more opportunities to capture the personality of a different subject matter – animals. In each of her photos, Carroll’s main objective is to provide people an opportunity to stop, smile, and see animals in an extraordinary way.
Pet Tales Rescue
Pet Tales is a non-profit rescue organization serving the greater West Michigan area. They are dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats left homeless for whatever reason – dogs/cats in public shelters where they are at high risk of euthanasia due to pet overpopulation, dogs given up by their owners because of difficult circumstances, and those in danger of abuse or neglect.
Boutique Emmanuel has been located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids for over 35 years. Inside the historical and classy Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, the boutique boasts the largest selection of hang bags and accessories with prices starting as low as $19.95. They offer customers a wide range of sizes from 2 – 16 including dresses, pants, skirts, tops, and trendy unique, one-of-a-kind pieces for any occasion.
Two Guys Brewing
TwoGuys Brewing started over just two drinks. Their mission is to make the best beer for new comers and their local community. Serving in Wyoming, Michigan.
YogaFever originally offered only yoga and hot yoga classes but had recently expanded to offer classes in barre, cycling, and HIIT. CurlyHost needed to find a way to visually arrange the types of classes while maintaining a common thread around the studio.