Retrouvaille of Grand Rapids was started in 1992 by Malcolm and Jill Lofley and Carl and Sherran Esh. Retrouvaille had saved each of their marriages and they felt God’s calling to begin a program here in West Michigan. At the time Retrouvaille in Michigan was only offered in Lansing, Detroit and Gaylord which has since disbanded. That meant people often had to drive well over a hundred miles to find a program that could save their families. We started here in West Michigan with the efforts of those two couples and a donation of training and printed materials from Retrouvaille of Detroit and 10,000 flyers donated by the Catholic Information Center. And yet, despite their best efforts by 2007 there was only one couple left in Grand Rapids to carry on the program. Deacon Dan and Vicki Schneider decided that the program was significant and need to be saved so they spent a marathon session of three months writing and presenting each of the follow up or POST sessions so that the ministry could continue here in West Michigan. It was that important. Since 1992 Retrouvaille of Grand Rapids has grown from one WEEKEND a year to three with an average of 20 couples per WEEKEND. Today we have an active and vibrant board and community and and many volunteers to help bring the message of God’s healing to West Michigan families. Marriage and families are that important to us. You are that important.
"The guardians of hope…for couples who have lost all hope,”