Walker — A homebuilder was so inspired by a sermon that he is donating profits from a house he is building in Walker to a Grand Rapids shelter for battered and homeless women.
Ken Ver Woert, owner of Ver Woert Construction, is making what he estimated will be a $45,000 donation to Degage Ministries, which runs the shelter. That is what he expects to make from the sale of a three-bedroom ranch house he is building and hopes to sell for $239,900, according to The Grand Rapids Press.
“We had a sermon about using our hands and feet that we were given,” Ver Woert, a Westview Christian Reformed Church member, told the newspaper.
“I couldn’t get it out of my head that we should do something,” said VerWoert, who has been a homebuilder for 26 years. “So it was laid upon my heart to build a home and donate the proceeds to Degage.”
A groundbreaking was held for the house construction project this past week. Ver Woert said he expects the house to be finished by February 2014.
“This is the first time for anything like this,” said Marge Palmerlee, Degage executive director. The donation will support its Women’s Center, which is regularly filled with 40 women.
“Degage Ministries is absolutely honored to be the recipient of the blessing that Ken, his company and his wonderful contractors are providing to the people we serve,” she said.