About Us

Our mission is to build inclusive relationships in Christ for families and individuals with mild to moderate disabilities.

Our Vision

The Compassionate Heart vision was founded by its Executive Director, Donna Bunce. Donna’s first child was diagnosed cognitively impaired and mildly autistic in 1997 when he was 5 years old. Feeling overwhelmed with grief, loss and hopelessness, Donna prayed that God would give her the strength, wisdom and patience to persevere. As she watched her son grow into a teenager, he began to struggle even more with the lack of friendships, relationships and social opportunities. She dreamed and prayed for a place where he and others with disabilities could find friends, acceptance and a place to just have fun. In 2006, God answered that prayer and fulfilled that dream by leading her to create and establish such a place and it is Compassionate Heart Ministries. Since that time, hundreds of families with children (ages 14-35) with mild to moderate disabilities have found a home and a family of support at Compassionate Heart Ministries! Welcome! We are so glad that you are here!

Our Staff

Emerson Kroll

Floor Assistant
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Ashley Boetsma

Floor Assistant
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Mackenzie Dykstra

Floor Assistant
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Landen Koster

Floor Assistant
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Amanda Clevenger

Floor Assistant
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Joan Swartzendruber

Floor Supervisor
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Kristi VanKlompenberg

Floor Supervisor
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Leticia Torres

Receptionist 
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Kara Smith

Receptionist
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Karissa Klyn

Activities Coordinator
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Barb VanderPloeg

Donor Relations & Event Coordinator
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Caitlyn Kroll

Director of Volunteer Svc.
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Board of Directors

Nick Nykerk

Board President

The Honorable Craig E. Bunce

Director

Ryan Van Dam

Board Treasurer

Stephanie Hoekstra

Director

Kim Petroejle

Director

Nate

Gilbertson

Director

Marc Clevenger

Director

Beth Blanton

Board Vice President