​”It’s not the perfection in your life; it’s the direction.”

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35,36

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

These are the two scriptures that ESCAPE was founded on. Up from them comes relationships, education programs, mentorship, boxing, and jobs for the youth who fall through the cracks. These are our lifeblood and our joy.

​Our community of volunteers, donors, businesses, and churches make the ministry of ESCAPE possible. We’d love to see how you can be a part of that team. Contact us today at operations@escape-out.org or call (616) 396-4481.


We are always in need of volunteers, donors, mentors and prayer partners willing to support the vision of ESCAPE. Listed below are just a few ways you can help.

A.S.A.P – Volunteer to work with our students and provide one on one support. Classroom times are 8AM to 3PM, Monday – Thursday, and Friday 8AM-1PM.

Mentoring – Enter into a 1-on-1, intentional, reciprocal relationship with one of our young people, once a week on your time. Relationships like this enhance our lives!

Hire our youth – Have an odd job at your home or business? Hire us to help with the raking, weeding, mulching, moving, and more!

Meals – Provide a meal, groceries or a gift card towards the purchase of groceries. Anything provided is helpful and appreciated.

Donations – Escape is run 100% on the generosity of donors who believe in our vision. Donations can be made securely through PayPal, by mail, or just stop in our building!

Prayer Partners – Consider joining in the amazing work God has called us to do with your prayers and support.

Sponsor – Sponsor a field trip or special outing for ESCAPE youth. BAM? Zoo? Movie? Sports game?

Malike, a team leader in our Career Connections program, talks about his work team during the year-end celebration.

ESCAPE is an IRS Code 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.