The McCarty House is currently seeking 3-4 individuals and/or couples to live in the house.
The contracts run from September 1, 2018-August 31, 2019 and are renewable.
House members demonstrate an investment in forming relationships with each other through weekly house meetings in order to know and encourage one another and to foster accountability. They also demonstrate investment in the neighborhood through intentional engagement opportunities. Finally, house members will be asked to intentionally form connections with Sherman Street Church in order to mutually share insights, knowledge, and opportunities for growth and service.
A house mentor will be responsible for helping house members establish a covenant as well as maintain relationships with each other, the neighborhood, and the church communities.
Membership or regular attendance at Sherman Street Church is preferable.
Rent for the 2018-2019 season is $250/month.
House members are also asked to sign the McCarty House Member Contract.
In the spring of 2014, the name of our community house was changed from House of Servants to the McCarty House. Mr. Kenneth McCarty, who the house is named after, attended Sherman Street in the late 1950’s. He moved to Grand Rapids to attend the Reformed Bible Institute, but, as a veteran of the Korean War, Mr.McCarty suffered from “nervous exhaustion”. He was a patient on and off again at Pine Rest and lived for a time in their home on Eastern Avenue. It was while he was living there that he began attending Sherman Street Church. We know very little about his time with us apart from the fact that he received some assistance from the deacons. Eventually, he transferred to Kalamazoo State Hospital and then moved home to Indiana to live with his mother and stepfather.
Almost 50 years later, in May 2007, Mr. McCarty passed away, and Sherman Street received news that he had willed us 30% of his assets. At the time of his death, his house was worth less than $10,000 and there were not enough funds in his bank account to cover funeral expenses. Surprisingly, though, he had a safety deposit box. When it was opened, it was so heavy that the bank clerk dropped it! Inside was over $100,000 in cash and over $900,000 in savings bonds so old that they had stopped collecting interest. Sherman Street received almost $400,000. It was with this money that the house was purchased, renovated, and a fund was set up to cover its expenses.
We are thankful that Mr. McCarty found a home here with us in the 1950’s and that he, in turn, gifted us with the ability to purchase a house here on Sherman Street. Our desire is that the McCarty House will be a space where all are welcome, and, as a ministry, a way for us to learn how to walk more faithfully with all people we are blessed to come into contact with. As Mr. McCarty was welcomed just as he was by the Sherman Street family, and as Christ accepts us all just as we are, we hope that this house will continue to welcome others wherever they are in their life journey.