About Us

Welcome to Storehouse, your resource for connecting corporate product donations and nonprofits in need. Through efficient, established systems, we receive and redistribute donated corporate goods to hundreds of nonprofits and schools with specific, identified needs.

Maximize
Community Impact

Simplify the
Donation Process

Empower
Nonprofits

Our Story & Timeline

  1. 2010

    One of The Storehouse’s founders, Jessica, visualized a pantry operated by the people who also utilized the products. She started a 75 square foot pantry inside Frontline Community Church, where approximately $1,000 of donated hygiene products were distributed in the first year.

  2. 2011 - 2015

    The pantry continued operating in this way until Jessica met The Storehouse’s co-founder, Nora. They realized there was potential for the broader community to be served by combining Jessica’s passions with Nora’s entrepreneurial background.

    They formed a team to research gaps in community services, and began to dream of a community center to connect unmet needs with those looking for a way out.

  3. 2016

    The Storehouse obtained a 501(c)3 certification and became an independent entity able to be self-governed.

    After exploring many opportunities, WorldVision was welcomed as a product Sponsor and began sending shipments including not only hygiene products, but also household and school supplies. Frontline continued its support and became a Sponsor through the provision
    of a 20,000 square foot warehouse space.

Our Mission

To reduce the impact of poverty in Michigan by connecting corporate product donations with nonprofit organizations so that in-demand goods can be efficiently distributed to those who need them most.

Our Vision

A community where no one is left behind and essential resources are consistently redistributed to nonprofits who serve those in need.

In Malachi 3:10, God promises great blessings for those that give generously and fill his storehouse. He declares that this overflow of blessings will be so great, that there will be no more need.

Our Team

Jessica Johns

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Nora Ruder

Co-Founder & Director of Finance

Bjorn Bylsma

Chief Operating Officer

Michaela Krull

Director of Members & Volunteers

Sheree Tatar

Business Operations Manager

Doug Murphy

Director of Warehouse Operations

Tony Mehari

Warehouse Manager

Angie Gates

Office Administrator

Jennifer Miller

Shopping Coordinator

Our Board

Beth Dornan

Lana Duoibes

Scot Fay CFP®

Kelly Hollingsworth

Lisa Hunter

Jessica Johns

Dr. Heidi Kattula

Len Lakiri

Dan Pellathy

Thomas Renner

Nora Ruder

Lindsey Tilley

Our Sponsors

Our sponsors are the foundation of who we are and enable us to make a lasting impact on individuals and families in need throughout Michigan. Our sponsors direct nationally sourced products to our warehouse in Michigan, and provide targeted support in other key areas.

Our Corporate Partners

Our corporate partners are donors, who, through product or financial donations, desire to support hundreds of nonprofits with their donation. Clothing, hygiene products, books, toys, technology, school supplies, tools, appliances and furniture are just a few of the necessities that bolster nonprofits, so they can focus their resources on their mission and programs.

Beth Dornan

The Comms Squad & Grand Valley State University

Beth Dornan is an experienced public relations and communications leader. She led public relations and communications teams for Amway for three decades prior to founding The Comms Squad in 2022. Beth has been an adjunct professor in the Grand Valley State University School of Communications since 2017. She has earned more than 30 honors for her work, including being named the 2022 Michigan Public Relations Society of America PR Professional of the Year. Beth has served on several Michigan boards and chaired the boards of directors of Family Futures and the Rockford Education Foundation.

Lana Duoibes

Calvary Church

I started coming to shop in the Storehouse in 2017-2018 as a volunteer, and was drawn to see the impact of the Storehouse in the community and especially to the refugee families whom are under the church and in the community. I am looking forward to seeing how the impact of the Storehouse would grow to serve more people in my ministry. I come across many organizations and churches whom I believe would benefit from the Storehouse and the variety of products. There is a lot for me to learn, and I think once I get a clearer picture of what my role is, I can be more productive.

God is inviting us to walk with Him, showing mercy, practicing hospitality and communicating the Gospel message to the refugee families and individuals whom are placed in our paths.

Lana currently serves as the Associate Director of Refugee & Short-Term Ministries at Calvary Church.

Scot Fay CFP®

Thrivent Financial

Scot is a financial advisor of 30 years with a national not-for-profit membership organization connecting faith and finances. His passion is helping individuals to become more financially secure and aware of opportunities to make a difference in their community.

Kelly Hollingsworth

Warner, Norcross + Judd

Kelly’s specialization is in technology transactions and data privacy. Kelly is passionate about the Grand Rapids community and improving the lives of all of its residents. She currently serves on the Grand Rapids Bar Association’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee and is excited to work with the Storehouse to bring nonprofit and for-profit businesses together to better serve those in need in Michigan. Kelly is currently a Partner at Warner, Norcross + Judd.

Lisa Hunter

Corewell Health

Lisa has more than 10 years of nonprofit board experience and shares our passion for helping people improve their situations. Lisa has worked for 25+ years in various marketing, strategy and communication roles. The majority of her career was at Amway Corporation where she held numerous global and North America leadership roles including her last role, Director of Product Marketing, North America. After several years of consulting with small and medium companies, Lisa joined Corewell Health as Strategic Marketing Partner. Currently, Lisa works with executives on their growth plans.

Jessica Johns

The Storehouse

Jessica has a background in education. She has a passion for resourcing individuals with the tools needed to be successful. She co-founded the Storehouse in 2016 with a focus on connecting resources for both nonprofits and schools. She is actively engaged in using systems-linking to approach community related issues. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Eastern Illinois University. Jessica is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Storehouse.

Dr. Heidi Kattula

East Grand Rapids Public Schools

As a first-generation college graduate, her career has been devoted to improving access and opportunity for all students. Throughout her roles in public education, she has led increased student achievement and expanded opportunities for all students. Dr. Kattula serves on numerous statewide boards and committees focusing on PreK-12 public education. Her pedagogical and disciplinary expertise includes: Restorative Practices, National School Reform Faculty, International Baccalaureate programs, educational leadership and policy studies, data and assessment, social emotional learning, diversity belonging equity and inclusion, and career technical education. Heidi is the current Superintendent of East Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Len Lakiri

Amway Corporation

Len Lakiri is an experienced sales and operations executive, a visionary leader of organizational transformation and a respected collaborator and developer of people.

During nearly 10 years at Amway, Len drove innovation and change globally and in the company’s home market. He was part of the company’s Philippines Market Innovation project, served as general manager of Amway Canada and most recently was director of sales for North America.

Len is passionate about making a positive impact in Michigan and excited to work with the Storehouse to serve those in need within this amazing community.

A resident of Ada, Michigan, Leonard and his wife, Tamara, are the parents of two sons.

Dan Pellathy

Grand Valley State University

Dan holds a Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, an MBA/MPIA with a focus on international economics from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BA in philosophy and anthropology from Cornell University.

Dan’s professional background includes enterprise risk management and he continues to actively consult with companies across a broad range of issues related to strategic supply chain planning, organizational alignment, supply chain risk, and end-to-end operational excellence.

Dan’s research interests include supply chain strategy, supply chain integration, and organizational design, with special attention on creating sustainable business success. His research has been published in academic journals including Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management. He is also co-author of numerous papers on forward-thinking topics in supply chain management. This work has been featured in practitioner outlets including CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly, Supply Chain Management Review, and the Wall Street Journal. Dan currently serves as an Associate Professor of Management at Grand Valley State University.

Thomas Renner

Pennell CPA

My areas of expertise are in Accounting and Finance. I serve as Ada Business Association’s President and on the Michigan Spartans as a Board Member. I am inspired by Jessica’s vision of connecting businesses to those in need. I would like to assist the Board to develop a sustainable vision for the Storehouse as they grow and expand. Thomas Renner is a Partner and Certified Public Accountant at Pennell CPA.

Nora Ruder

Managed Senior Care

Nora has a background in both finance and business. She has a passion for employing vulnerable populations of people ensuring that all people have the ability to work and provide for themselves and their families. Nora co-founded the Storehouse and uses both her background in finance and strategy to help the Storehouse continue to grow and scale in the community.

Lindsey Tilley

Amway Corporation

Lindsey is tremendously honored to serve in a role that allows her to build relationships and connections between community focused organizations and resources that will help them thrive. Lindsey began her career in education as a high school English teacher and technology leader after graduating from Central Michigan and earning a Master’s degree from Michigan State. She thrives in opportunities to serve in collaborative, community-oriented organizations like the Storehouse. Lindsey currently serves as Sr. Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist at Amway Corporation.

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2023 Member List

Teacher Resource Store Member Directory

  • Aberdeen Academy
  • Alger Middle School
  • Alpine Elementary
  • Bowen Elementary – KPS
  • Brookside Elementary
  • Brookwood Elementary
  • Buchanan Elementary School
  • Burton Elementary School
  • Burton Middle School
  • Campus Elementary
  • Cesar E Chavez Elementary
  • Challenger Elementary
  • Coit Creative Arts Academy
  • Dearborn Heights School District #
  • Dickinson
  • East Leonard Elementary
  • Gerald R Ford Academic Center
  • Gladiola Elementary
  • Glenwood Elementary
  • Godfrey Lee Early Childhood Center
  • Godfrey Lee East Lee Campus
  • Godfrey Lee Elementary
  • Godfrey Lee High School
  • Godfrey Lee Middle School
  • Godwin Heights High School
  • Godwin Heights Middle School
  • Harrison Park Academy
  • Holland Heights
  • Hope Academy of Michigan
  • Huntington Woods/Early Childhood Special Education (WPS)
  • Jefferson Elementary (HPS)
  • Jefferson Elementary (Ionia)
  • Kent Hills Elementary
  • Knapp Charter Academy
  • KSSN – Southwest Elementary Academy Bilingual
  • KSSN – Meadowlawn Elementary
  • Lighthouse Academy North
  • Lighthouse Academy South
  • Marquette Elementary School
  • Mulick Park Elementary
  • New Branches Charter
  • North Godwin Elementary
  • Oriole Park Elementary
  • Palmer School
  • Parkview Elementary
  • R1TS
  • Ridge Park Charter Academy
  • River City Scholars
  • Romulus Community Schools
  • San Juan Diego Academy
  • Shawmut Hills
  • Sibley Elementary
  • Stocking Elementary
  • Taylor School District
  • Timerbland Charter Academy
  • Townline Elementary
  • University Prep
  • Valleywood Middle
  • Vista Charter Academy
  • Wayne-Westland Community Schools
  • West Godwin Elementary
  • Michigan Academy of Environmental Science
  • Westwood Middle School
  • William C. Abney Academy
  • Wyoming High School
  • Wyoming Intermediate
  • Wyoming Junior High

2023 Member List

Nonprofit Member Directory

  • 70×7 Grand Rapids Center
  • 70×7 Holland Center
  • A.Y.A. Youth Collective
  • Affinity Mentoring
  • Aldersgate Center for Child Development
  • Aldersgate United Methodist Church
  • Alpha Family Center – Cedar Springs
  • Alpha Family Services – Greenville
  • Alpha Grand Rapids
  • Alternative Pathways
  • Amplify GR
  • Amway/Spaulding
  • AQUME Foundation
  • Arts in Motion
  • Baxter Community Center
  • Beautiful You
  • Beer City Dog Biscuits
  • Berkely Hills
  • Bethany Christian (Foster Homes)
  • Bethany Christian (Domestic)
  • Bethany Christian (Refugee)
  • Bethany Refugee – ILP Home
  • Bethany – Long Term Foster Care
  • Better Wiser Stronger
  • Beyond 26
  • Boys & Girls Club – Paul I Philips
  • Boys & Girls Club – Seidman Club
  • Boys & Girls Club – Steil Club
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids – Youth Commonwealth
  • Building Bridges
  • Byron Community Ministries
  • Calvary Church – Benevolence
  • Calvary Church – Mercy & Missions
  • Camp Blodgett
  • Camp Henry
  • Camp Michawana
  • Camp Roger
  • Care Portal
  • Central Kelloggsville Elementary
  • Cherry Health
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County
  • Christ Missionary Baptist Church
  • City on a Hill
  • Community Action House
  • Community Food Club GR
  • Community Rebuilders
  • Country Cat Lady
  • Covenant Ability Network of MI
  • Covenant House of Michigan
  • DA Blodget – Saint Johns
  • Degage
  • Delta Project
  • Dream Center
  • Dwelling Place
  • ELNC – GR
  • Enriched Living
  • Essentials – Frontline Church
  • Essentials – New Life Church, Wayland
  • EveryHeart Movement
  • Exodus Place
  • Faith Church
  • Family Church
  • Family Network of Wyoming
  • Family Outreach Center
  • Family Promise
  • First Steps Kent
  • Forest Hill Public Schools – Eastern
  • Foster the Family Grand Rapids
  • Fresh Coast Alliance
  • Frontline Church
  • Garfield Park Neighborhood Association
  • Girl Scouts
  • Godwin Heights High School
  • Good News Baptist Church
  • Grace’s Table
  • Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
  • Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities
  • Greenwood Camp
  • Guiding Light
  • Habitat for Humanity Kent County
  • Habitat for Humanity Lakeshore
  • Hand2Hand
  • Healthy Homes Coalition/Parents for Healthy Homes
  • Hearts of Hope Dog Rescue
  • Heartside Ministries
  • HELP Pregnancy Aid
  • Heritage Homes
  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
  • HOAP
  • Holland Rescue Mission
  • Hope Community
  • Hope Gardens
  • Hope Pkgs
  • HOPELink of Michigan
  • House of Grace
  • Humane Society of Michigan
  • ICCF
  • IKUS Life Enrichment Services/Indian Trails Camp
  • In the Image
  • International Needs
  • Jason Kinzler Family First Foundation
  • Jubilee Ministries
  • Kent District Library
  • Kent ISD – Beckwith Adult Education
  • Kent ISD – Bright Beginnings
  • Kids Food Basket
  • King’s Table Ministries
  • KSSN
  • KSSN/Buchanan
  • KSSN/Burton Elementary
  • KSSN/Godfrey-Lee
  • KSSN/Godwin Schools
  • Lakeshore Lifeworks
  • Lakeshore Pregnancy Center/Positive Options
  • Lighthouse Academy North
  • Lighthouse Academy South
  • Lighthouse Community Ministries
  • Linc UP
  • Lincoln Lake Baptist Camp
  • Literacy Center of Michigan
  • Living Water Ministry Network
  • Living Well Adult Living Center
  • Lori’s Voice
  • Love Inc. – Newaygo
  • Managed Senior Care Community
  • Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Meaning in Color
  • Mel Trotter
  • Michele’s Rescue
  • Migrant Legal Aid
  • MOKA
  • Momentum Center
  • Muskegon Rescue Mission
  • My House Ministry
  • NAACP
  • NECM (North End Community Ministries)
  • Network 180
  • New City Kids
  • New Day Foundation
  • New Destiny Pathways
  • New Life Church
  • Newhall Christian Fellowship
  • Next Steps of Michigan
  • North Kent Presbyterian Church
  • Northview Public Schools – Special Services
  • Olivia’s Gift (Full Circle)
  • Operation Christmas/Samaritans Purse
  • Ottawa County DHHS
  • Pet Tales Rescue
  • Pine Ridge Bible Camp
  • Pinewood Middle School
  • Pioneer Resources
  • Potter’s House
  • Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Puertas Abiertas
  • R1TS
  • Reach the Forgotten
  • Rehoboth AFC
  • Resilience: Advocates for Ending Violence
  • Restored Refuge Designs
  • Rockford Baptist Church
  • Ronald McDonald House of Michigan
  • Rotary Club
  • Saint Mary’s Foundation
  • Salvation Army – Fulton Heights
  • Samaritas Affordable Living
  • Samaritas Persons with Disabilities Programs
  • Samaritas Michigan Foster Care
  • Saranac Community Church
  • Senior Neighbors
  • SHALOM
  • Shelton House (Cherry Health)
  • Southwest Acidemia Bilingual
  • Special Olympics Michigan
  • St. Alphonsus
  • Storehouse For Teachers
  • Streams
  • The Cord Group
  • The Diatribe
  • The Dock Ministries
  • The Green Apple Pantry
  • The Hope Project
  • The Local Church GR
  • The Source
  • Thresholds
  • TimberCreek Ranch
  • Treetops Collective
  • Trinity Lutheran Church & School
  • True Vine Church
  • Turning Point Missions INC
  • United Methodist Community House
  • United Way of the Lakeshore
  • United Way Heart of Michigan
  • Unlimited Alternatives
  • Upcycle Bikes
  • Vogel Center Christian Reformed Church
  • WellHouse
  • Michigan Youth for Christ
  • Westwood Middle School
  • Women’s Resource Center
  • World Renew
  • YMCA
  • Young Life Timber Wolf Lake
  • Young Life Grand Rapids City
  • Young Life Timber Wolf Lake
  • Young Money Finances
  • Youth Build
  • YWCA West Central Michigan
  • Zion Ministries