Grand Rapids 

Please join us at 6:30p Thursday April 12, 2018 at Frederik Meijer Gardens for AJS' Celebration of Justice Dinner! We will hear from AJS-HN Co-Founder and President, Carlos Hernández and Co-Founders, Kurt Ver Beek and Jo Ann Van Engen, as they shares highlights from this last year in Honduras. Please reserve your tickets below to save your seat!

Grand Rapids Tickets

FAQ & VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

When and where is the event? Thursday April 12, 2018 at Frederik Mejier Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI (1000 E Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525)

Do you need volunteers? Do you need volunteers? YES! We rely heavily on volunteers to make our celebration events possible! We need volunteers to help set-up, sell t-shirts, greeting and clean-up. All volunteers recieve a FREE AJS t-shirt! For more information or to sign-up, please contact Nicole DeBoer at nicole@ajs-us.org 1(800)897-1135.

What time should I arrive? Registration begins at 6:30 PM and dinner will be at 6:45 PM; guests are welcome to come beforehand to walk around the butterfly exhibit free of charge starting at 5:30 PM.

How long is the event? The dinner usually lasts about 2 hours.

What should I wear? The AJS Celebration of Jusitce event is a dressy casual event. Our speakers will be in suit and tie, most guests will wear business casual attire.

Where can I park? There is free parking available in the Frederik Meijer Gardens parking lot.

How can I share this with others? Spread the Word! Help us spread the word about our AJS Celebration of Justice! Pass out Save the Date cards to friends and family, send an email inviting folks to join you for a delicious meal and exciting stories from Honduras, and help us share on social media!

Who will be speaking at this event? AJS-HN Co-Founder and President, Carlos Hernández along with Co-Founders Kurt Ver Beek and Jo Ann Van Engen 

Carlos.jpgCarlos Hernández is the Co-Founder and President of the Association for a More Just Society (AJS). Hernández received his bachelor’s degree from the National Autonomous University in Honduras in 1994, and a Project Planning and Evaluation Certificate from the Pontificia Catholic University in Peru in 2007. He has worked as a community educator, school principal, and leader in multiple community development programs. Since founding AJS, he has become an opinion leader in Honduras on public policies, civil society, and social oversight, particularly in the themes of security, transparency, and rule of law.

 

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Kurt Ver Beek and Jo Ann Van Engen have made Honduras their home for twenty-eight years. They helped launch, and continue to help lead, the Association for a More Just Society. In the early 2000s they moved to the poor community of Nueva Suyapa in Honduras’ capital city, which has influenced their understanding of how corruption and violence affect the most vulnerable. They also lead Calvin College’s Justice Studies Semester Program in Honduras. Kurt and Jo Ann both received their B.A.s from Calvin College and M.A.s in human resource development from Azusa Pacific. In 1996, Kurt earned his Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University.

 

 

 

Chicago 

Please join us at 6:30p Saturday April 14, 2018 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church for AJS' Celebration of Justice Dinner! We will hear from AJS-HN Co-Founder and President and, Carlos Hernández and Co-Founders, Kurt Ver Beek and Jo Ann Van Engen, as they shares highlights from this last year in Honduras. Please RSVP below to save your seat!

Chicago RSVP

FAQ & VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

When and where is the event? Saturday April 14, 2018 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church in Chicago, IL (149 W Brush Hill Rd., Emhurst, IL 60126)

Do you need volunteers? Do you need volunteers? YES! We rely heavily on volunteers to make our celebration events possible! We need volunteers to help set-up, sell t-shirts, greeting, serving dinner and clean-up. All volunteers recieve a FREE AJS t-shirt! For more information or to sign-up, please contact Nicole DeBoer at nicole@ajs-us.org 1(800)897-1135.

What time should I arrive? Dinner begins at 6:30 PM, but guests are welcome to come beforehand for a reception with light refreshments beginning at 5:45 PM.

How long is the event? The dinner usually lasts about 2 hours.

What should I wear? The AJS Celebration of Jusitce event is a dressy casual event. Our speakers will be in suit and tie, most guests will wear business casual.

Where can I park? There is free parking available in the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church parking lot.

What is a table sponsor? A table sponsor is someone who commits to filling up a 10 person dinner table - it’s easy, free, and a tremendously effective way to help us continue the fight against violence and corruption in Honduras.  Please contact Alison Wabeke at alison@ajs-us.org for more information on being a table sponsor.

How can I share this with others? Spread the Word! Help us spread the word about our AJS Celebration of Justice! Pass out Save the Date cards to friends and family, send an email inviting folks to join you for a delicious meal and exciting stories from Honduras, and help us share on social media!

Who will be speaking at this event? AJS-HN Co-Founder and President, Carlos Hernández along with Co-Founders Kurt Ver Beek and Jo Ann Van Engen 

Carlos.jpgCarlos Hernández is the Co-Founder and President of the Association for a More Just Society (AJS). Hernández received his bachelor’s degree from the National Autonomous University in Honduras in 1994, and a Project Planning and Evaluation Certificate from the Pontificia Catholic University in Peru in 2007. He has worked as a community educator, school principal, and leader in multiple community development programs. Since founding AJS, he has become an opinion leader in Honduras on public policies, civil society, and social oversight, particularly in the themes of security, transparency, and rule of law.

 

Kurt and Joann.jpgKurt Ver Beek and Jo Ann Van Engen have made Honduras their home for twenty-eight years. They helped launch, and continue to help lead, the Association for a More Just Society. In the early 2000s they moved to the poor community of Nueva Suyapa in Honduras’ capital city, which has influenced their understanding of how corruption and violence affect the most vulnerable. They also lead Calvin College’s Justice Studies Semester Program in Honduras. Kurt and Jo Ann both received their B.A.s from Calvin College and M.A.s in human resource development from Azusa Pacific. In 1996, Kurt earned his Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University.

 

 

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors!

We rely on Corporate sponsors to make this event possible - THANK YOU to these sponsors below for making these spring events possible! If you'd like more information or would like to support AJS as a corporate sponsor, click here

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AJS began confronting community violence with a single investigator and a single lawyer, both of whom acted as trusted bridges between victims of violence and the judicial system, helping victims navigate the complicated path to justice. Individuals may not have trusted the police, but they grew to trust AJS, who knew them personally, supported them with emergency needs, and even prayed alongside them.

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Association for a More Just Society (AJS)
PO Box 888631
Grand Rapids, MI 49588

info@ajs-us.org

1 (800) 897-1135