Christian Haven Home began in 1951 when Mrs. Joseph Oliver donated the property at Pennoyer Avenue and Seventh Street in the city of Grand Haven to be a “Home for the Aged” in memory of her late husband, Mr. Shupe. The original property included an eight-room brick home, two stall garage and six additional lots.
It was determined that a new home should be built to better accommodate the purpose set forth by Mrs. Oliver. Reverand Bernard Brunsting, a former pastor of the First Reformed church of Grand Haven headed up the project and in 1952 Reenders Construction broke ground on a two-story building.
The original bid for the project in 1952 was $34,000 but after the ground-breaking the project ran out of funds and sat unfinished until 1959. During the seven years following the ground breaking, approximately $90,000 was raised through fundraising efforts. Unfortunately, this was still not enough to fully complete the project. In December, 1959 five Reformed and four Christian Reformed Churches from the Tri-Cities area assumed responsibility for finishing the project. These churches raised an additional $20,000 through a cash drive and pledged an additional $74,750 through a $7.50 per-family, per-year assessment by each of the nine churches for ten years.
On February 15, 1961, Christian Haven Retirement Home opened its doors with thirty-eight resident rooms. Needing more room, in March of 1974 ground was broken on a new “East Wing” – adding an additional twenty rooms to the Home.
Since 1974, two houses have been removed from the southwest side of Christian Haven to make room for a beautifully landscaped garden area with gazebo. A sunroom was built on the front of the Home and larger offices, a portico, beauty salon and library have been added.
For fifty years, Christian Haven Home has maintained its reputation as one of the areas finest options for assisted and independent living homes.
“My father was one of the first board members for Christian Haven Home in the 1950’s.
It was an obvious choice when my step-mother became ill and my father couldn’t care for her any more. After her passing, my father continued residing at Christian Haven.” - Yvonne Sparling