Good. Clean. Fun.

The Children’s Healing Center started as the dream of our fearless founder, Amanda Winn. After going through a challenging medical journey that left her isolated from the outside world, Amanda wanted to create a place where sick kids, their siblings and their parents could connect with others, be active and have fun.

Without any prior experience in fundraising, Amanda galvanized the support of the Grand Rapids community and launched the Children’s Healing Center in 2015.

As the nation’s first year-round recreation center where kids with weak immune systems can play in a safe space, the Children’s Healing Center has quickly grown to include a wide range of programs that emphasize research-based play, socialization and learning.

Our goal is for you and your family to feel the love and passion that has gone into the Center each time you walk through our front door. From the program staff and volunteers to the medical team and our board of directors, you will be supported and given countless opportunities to create wonderfully positive memories during your journey. The Children’s Healing Center is more than just a place to play, connect and relax – it’s a place where your entire family will build relationships that will last a lifetime.

Our Mission

Provide social and emotional healing for kids with weak immune systems and their families in a safe, clean environment.


Provide a place for all our families to experience the healing power of play, friendship and belonging.

Filling the Gap

The Children’s Healing Center fills an essential gap in the continuum of healthcare and complements children’s services already available in Grand Rapids. The Center works in conjunction with local businesses, colleges and universities, medical centers and other nonprofits to create holistic services for sick kids.

The traditional services of medical treatment, housing, support groups and family resources is made complete by the Children’s Healing Center which provides essential recreation, education and social interaction.

Our Founders

It takes courage, hard work, and resources to translate a vision into reality. We would like to thank those who generously donated to our campaign and made the Children’s Healing Center possible.



  • CDV5 Foundation
  • Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation
  • John and Nancy Kennedy
  • The Meijer Foundation
  • The Ed and June Prein Family
  • Steve and Amy Van Andel, JT and Maddie
  • Jandernoa Foundation



  • James and Shirley Balk
  • Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation
  • Frey Foundation
  • Haworth, Inc.
  • Sebastian Foundation



  • BISSELL Inc.
  • Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation
  • Dennis and Carolyn Winn



  • Richard and Judy Lacks
  • Dave and Linda Mehney
  • Ken and Edie Muraski
  • Tassel-Wisner-Bottrall Foundation



  • Franco and Alessandra Bianchi
  • Scott and Emily Brew
  • Jeff and Mary Dixon
  • Steve and Brenda Heacock
  • Michigan Industrial Tools
  • Amanda Winn



  • Dan and Dawn Carter
  • Aaron and Afton DeVos
  • Rick and Linda Gillette
  • Carl and Kelly Jandernoa
  • Richard and Carol Jones
  • Mike and Kiki Lown
  • Peter and Joan Secchia and family
  • Gary and Kate Stec