THE STAND - "When they take away our responsibility, its like they take our soul"
On a slow quiet street in the Nelson neighborhood of downtown Muskegon, MI, sits a small unassuming craftsman house. Like many of the houses around it, built during the economic booms of this boom and bust midwestern town, this house has seen its share of love and neglect. But unlike the houses around it, and unknown to many in the community, for the last 20 years, this house has been home to hundreds of neighbors needing family and support. With nothing out of the ordinary setting this house aside from the others, apart from a small, letter-sized sign nailed above the porch that reads “The Lemonade Stand of Muskegon”, this house is nothing but ordinary, it is an oasis for many in the community who struggle with mental health and/or addiction issues, who not only are looking for support but who also wish to be the support that others may need. As Judie, founder and president of the Lemonade Stand shared “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, and that's where the name came from”.
THE STAND can be viewed in its entirety in book form only. Get your copy HERE.