Renardo Bowles and Shontori Clerk-Bowles are in need of volunteers for a transitional housing project in Detroit. Looking for people who have experience or are willing to help with drywall, painting, concrete, roofing, plumbing, or concrete. If you or anyone you know is able to help, call 248-818-6299 or email [email protected] Donations are also accepted and appreciated. Photos provided by Renardo Bowles
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This video was produced for the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College. Calvin Prison Initiative is training faithful leaders in a prison context. A partnership between Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, CPI is a unique program that provides a Christian liberal arts education to inmates at Handlon prison in Ionia, MI. This five-year program results in a bachelor of arts degree from Calvin College. The Calvin Prison Initiative brings hope, dignity and the opportunity for real accomplishment. The Calvin Prison Initiative provides education to adult learners in prison, equipping them with the knowledge and skills required to be community leaders. Our hope is that through this endeavor, not only will lives regain their hope, but prison culture will be transformed, and justice there will become not merely retributive, but restorative. Students in the Calvin Prison Initiative take the same liberal arts core courses as students at the Knollcrest campus, such as Oral Rhetoric (CAS-101), Principles and Perspectives (SOC-151) and Fundamental Questions in Philosophy (PHIL-153). Students then take courses specifically oriented towards ministry leadership, such as Christian Formation (ML-121), Practice of Discipleship (ML-122), and Foundations for Pastoral Care (ML-221).
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Amanda is an Associate Broker with Patriot Realty. She was born and raised in Grand Rapids. A graduate of Calvin College, Amanda pursued a degree in business marketing with a psychology minor. After graduating in December 2012, she spent a couple of years honing her marketing skills at some of Grand Rapids’ largest companies, Amway and Wolverine Worldwide. When Amanda felt she had a solid foundation of cross-industry experience in the marketing field, she decided to follow in her father’s (a certified residential appraiser and Realtor) footsteps and dive into the entrepreneurial world of real estate. Amanda received her real estate salesperson license in 2014 and obtained her initial training and real estate experience at Keller Williams before deciding that she would like to continue her career at Patriot Realty. Looking to carve out her own niche in the market, Amanda focuses on delivering her clients the highest level of customer service possible. With a keen eye for design and staging, she utilizes her skills to give her clients an edge in the market. She is committed to continual professional and personal development, and she uses her knowledge to serve her clients to the best of her ability. Extremely organized with an articulate communication style, strong networks, and a fair, yet strong negotiation style, her clients feel well served. Amanda holds Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) and International Real Estate Practitioner (IREP) designations, and she specializes in helping first-time home buyers, sellers, and investors alike. In 2018, she was chosen by REALTOR® Magazine as a member of the elite Class of 30 Under 30.
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Live music recording video by Joshua Davis performing Rex's Blues at the Goon Lagoon. (2018) For more visit https://www.facebook.com/JoshuaDavisM... https://joshuadavismusic.com/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Z3gp... Filmed and edited by Second Mile Video Nate Roels (Nathan Roels) Daniel Baas
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The students of the Calvin Prison Initiative discuss how writing has impacted their faith. A partnership between Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, CPI is a unique program that provides a Christian liberal arts education to inmates at Handlon prison in Ionia, MI. This five-year program results in a bachelor of arts degree from Calvin College. The Calvin Prison Initiative brings hope, dignity and the opportunity for real accomplishment. The Calvin Prison Initiative provides education to adult learners in prison, equipping them with the knowledge and skills required to be community leaders. Our hope is that through this endeavor, not only will lives regain their hope, but prison culture will be transformed, and justice there will become not merely retributive, but restorative. Students in the Calvin Prison Initiative take the same liberal arts core courses as students at the Knollcrest campus, such as Oral Rhetoric (CAS-101), Principles and Perspectives (SOC-151) and Fundamental Questions in Philosophy (PHIL-153). Students then take courses specifically oriented towards ministry leadership, such as Christian Formation (ML-121), Practice of Discipleship (ML-122), and Foundations for Pastoral Care (ML-221).
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Michael R. Bartish is a founding member of Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law, P.L.L.C. He regularly defends and represents clients in state and federal courts throughout West Michigan. Mr. Bartish is a former active-duty Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Army where he served at Fort Hood, Texas, from 1999 through 2002. During his active duty service, Mr. Bartish served as a trial counsel and senior trial counsel for the First Cavalry Division and as a Trial Defense Counsel for Fort Hood, Texas. After four years on active duty, Mr. Bartish went into private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan, beginning his civilian career at Smith Haughey Rice and Roegge. In 2005, Mr. Bartish joined the prestigious criminal defense firm Willey & Chamberlain, LLP as an associate. Mr. Bartish left Willey & Chamberlain in June 2011 to join Mr. Springstead and form Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law, P.L.L.C.. One of the leading Grand Rapids criminal lawyers, Mr. Bartish splits his criminal defense practice fairly evenly between federal criminal cases in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, and state criminal cases in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties. In federal court, Mr. Bartish has represented people charged with a variety of crimes including: Conspiracy to Commit Interstate Murder for Hire Kidnapping and Kidnapping Resulting in Death Bank, Wire, and Mail Fraud Armed Bank and Credit Union Robbery Drug Conspiracies Embezzlement Federal Gun and Explosives Offenses Identity Theft Production and Distribution of Child Pornography Internet Crimes Sex Crimes and Sex Offender Registry Act Violations Immigration Violations Bribery Ponzi Scheme Allegations Tax Fraud Mr. Bartish has won not guilty verdicts for clients charged with felonies in federal court. Mr. Bartish has also had success in securing sentences significantly below the advisory guideline range, suppressing evidence, obtaining diversionary disposition for clients, and winning reversals from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In state court, Mr. Bartish handles all serious felonies and misdemeanors. Mr. Bartish has won not guilty verdicts in numerous cases in jurisdictions throughout Western Michigan. Mr. Bartish also practices extensively before the Michigan Department of State Drivers License Appeal Division where he has secured the return of driving privileges for clients both within and outside the state of Michigan. In 2014, Mr. Bartish earned the prestigious distinction of being named a “Super Lawyer for Criminal Law,” a honor bestowed on less than 5% of the attorneys in the State of Michigan. Prior to 2014, Mr. Bartish was named to the Super Lawyers Rising Star Lists. The Rising Stars list showcases outstanding lawyers younger than 40 in the state; only 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Michigan are selected for inclusion each year. The selections for Super Lawyers are made by Law & Politics, a division of Key Professional Media, Inc. Each year, Law & Politics undertakes a rigorous, multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by Law & Politics’ attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.
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Heath Lynch is a seasoned trial attorney who has defended and prosecuted hundreds of criminal and civil cases, and now represents individuals and businesses in criminal prosecutions and grand jury investigations brought by state and federal agencies. He seeks to mitigate risk to clients by efficiently analyzing and evaluating investigation evidence and attempting to anticipate the prosecution’s objectives and strategy, often before criminal charges are filed. Where charges cannot be avoided, Mr. Lynch assists clients with critical decisions about whether to take a case to trial, weighing the risks and benefits of any course of action. If an acceptable resolution cannot be reached, Mr. Lynch has significant trial experience and will vigorously defend his client’s interests at trial. Prior to joining Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law, Mr. Lynch was a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids. Mr. Lynch initially specialized in asset forfeiture proceedings, where he prosecuted financial crimes including mail and wire fraud, embezzlement, and postal theft. He trained federal, state and local law enforcement officers in asset forfeiture law and policy. Mr. Lynch went on to handle many different types of federal charges, from investigation and grand jury indictment through trial, sentencing and appeal. During his most recent position with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Lynch led and directed teams of federal, state and local law enforcement officers in the investigation and prosecution of complex drug trafficking and money laundering cases in the federal criminal justice system. While an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Lynch was commended by the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for exhibiting outstanding prosecutorial skills in agency investigations. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Lynch worked in Philadelphia for the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where he represented financial services and insurance clients in commercial litigation, and developed and conducted insurance-related fraud and compliance investigations.
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Escape ministries has a vision to intervene in the lives of those who fall between the cracks of existing education, economic, family and religious resources & help them successfully navigate to a positive life experience through meaningful Christian relationships. Their focus is: To be a Christian discipleship mentoring program. To provide character building, social skills and team building activities. To offer coaching for today’s job market with Michigan Works and Jobs+ To provide free counseling for students and their families. To encourage students to explore their creative gifts. To be a safe place for youth in the community.
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Attorney Don Davis is available to provide mature, thoughtful, clear and individualized advice, counsel and representation to individuals and corporations who find themselves the subject of a federal or state criminal investigation or prosecution. He is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for any client of the firm by using his many years of experience in, and knowledge of, the criminal justice system. Prior to joining Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law, P.L.L.C., Mr. Davis was the United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan from 2008-2012. The Western District of Michigan is comprised of 49 counties in the western half of Michigan and includes the entire Upper Peninsula. During his tenure as U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Michigan, Mr. Davis was one of only 93 U.S. Attorneys in the country, the chief federal law enforcement officer in the district, and the lead representative for the United States in civil and criminal cases. Mr. Davis also served on the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittee for Native American Issues. Mr. Davis was appointed U.S. Attorney by the judges of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Davis was responsible for supervising nearly 40 Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In addition he served for 35 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in numerous capacities including: First Assistant; Criminal Chief; and Senior Litigation Counsel. Mr. Davis’ dedicated much of his practice to federal criminal tax law, but he also investigated and prosecuted all manners of economic and violent crime such as: embezzlement; bank fraud; mail and wire fraud; health care fraud; identity theft; counterfeiting; child pornography; capital (death penalty) murder; illegal firearms; controlled substances; and crimes occurring on Native American lands. Mr. Davis has tried over 75 federal jury trials to verdict (all successfully since 1983) and has argued over 125 federal appellate cases at the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to joining the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Davis served as a law clerk to the Chief Federal Judge for the Western District of Michigan. For more than 40 years he has been extensively involved in the legal community including: Sixth Circuit Advisory Committee; Michigan State Bar’s U. S. Courts Committee (Chairperson); Federal Bar Association (President); Hillman Advocacy Program (Chairperson); a Master of the Inns of Court; Federal Courts Rules Committee and its Criminal Working Group. Mr. Davis has been a frequent lecturer and instructor throughout the United States, including the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, on such topics as: trial advocacy; the law of evidence; ethics; the federal grand jury; conspiracy; asset forfeiture; expert witnesses, tax; forensics; and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Davis has also published two articles on the federal grand jury process in the Michigan State Bar Journal. He is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations from: the U. S. Department of Justice; FBI; IRS; Secret Service; Homeland Security; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Drug Enforcement Administration; Postal Service; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Department of Labor; Treasury Department; Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan; and Michigan State Police. Those awards include: two U. S. Department of Justice Director’s Awards; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the IRS; the Hillman Award; and the Marion Hilligan Public Service Award.
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Gary K. Springstead is one of the leading criminal attorneys in Grand Rapids and Fremont. As a trial attorney he has developed a busy practice in state and federal courts in Muskegon, Grand Rapids, White Cloud, Hart, Ludington, and Big Rapids. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Springstead was an F.B.I. Special Agent for approximately five years, investigating and assisting in the prosecution of a broad range of federal crimes from sophisticated white collar crimes to violent crimes, terrorism and national security matters. This included investigating numerous high-profile cases in the United States and abroad. SUPER LAWYER FOR CRIMINAL LAW Mr. Springstead’s criminal practice is split fairly evenly between federal criminal cases in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and state criminal cases in Kent, Muskegon, Mason, Mecosta, Oceana, Ottawa, and Newaygo counties. In federal court, Mr. Springstead represents people charged with a variety of violent and white collar crimes, including: Bank, Wire and Mail Fraud Bank Robbery Bribery and Kickback Schemes Drug Charges and Drug Conspiracies Embezzlement Federal Gun/Explosive Charges Grand Jury Matters Identity Theft Illegal Reentry Immigration Violations Possession/Distribution of Child Pornography EXCEPTIONAL FEDERAL EXPERIENCE Mr. Springstead has had many successes in federal court in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan, including: Excluding evidence Getting charges reduced to less serious charges Avoiding charges altogether Receiving downward departures or variances Achieving reversal on appeal Winning a “not guilty” verdict on all counts in a high-profile white-collar crime trial Mr. Springstead’s experience as an F.B.I. agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney has been particularly useful in defending federal criminal cases. A REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN STATE COURT CRIMINAL DEFENSE In state court, Mr. Springstead handles serious felonies as well as misdemeanors. His successes include not guilty verdicts at trial, directed verdicts of acquittal, denial of bindover at preliminary examinations, suppression motions, and outright dismissals. Mr. Springstead handles: Felonies Arson Breaking and Entering Criminal Sexual Conduct Drug Offenses Embezzlement Felon in Possession Home Invasion Murder Fleeing and Eluding Resisting and Opposing Weapons Charges Misdemeanors Assault and Battery Domestic Violence Driving/License Offenses Drunk Driving Illegal Entry Larceny Minor in Possession/Furnishing Operating Under the Influence of Drugs Possession of Controlled Substance Retail Fraud Sex Offender Registry Offenses AREAS OF PRACTICE Federal Criminal Defense State Criminal Defense EDUCATION Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1998 University of Michigan, B.A., 1995 (with distinction) JUDICIAL INTERNSHIPS / FELLOWSHIPS Presidential Management Fellowship, Washington, D.C., 1998—2000 Hon. Gerald E. Rosen, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1996—1997 BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS State Bar of Michigan U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Super Lawyer for Criminal Law, Super Lawyers Magazine (2014 and 2015) Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM), Board Member National College of DUI Defense (NCDD), Member Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys Constitutional Warrior, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan F.B.I. Agents Association Federal Bar Association, Western District of Michigan National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Newaygo County Bar Association, Interim President (2008), President (2009) Oceana County Bar Association, President (2007) State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law and Litigation Sections
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Kathy Springstead is a former F.B.I. Special Agent with an impressive resume. Ms. Springstead leaves no stone unturned for her clients and is tremendous asset for Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law, P.L.L.C. She regularly defends clients in courts throughout West Michigan, and is frequently called upon in complex criminal cases to assist the other attorneys with her keen investigative skills, incisive insight on a case or investigation, thorough legal research, and persuasive writing skills. Her compassionate and friendly approach, coupled with her unique ability to take apart an investigation, a prosecution, or write a winning brief or appeal, has earned the honor of winning Avvo’s Client Choice Award in 2014 and a “Superb” rating.
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