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Dirt City Sanctuary

Mission: To create a community housing project focused on loving, honest and individualized care and support for those facing substance use disorder and homelessness. Our goal is to provide long term housing, therapy, support, employment that focuses on giving back to the community, optional education and training experiences, and opportunities to connect with and build relationships with members of the outside community. Support will continue once individuals move on from DCS in order to facilitate a smooth transition from the cycle of substance use disorder and poverty to becoming a healthy and contributing member of society.


Dirt City Sanctuary (DCS) is a community housing project focused on loving, honest and individualized care and support for those facing substance use disorder and homelessness. Our first campus will

Tyler’s Journey

Tyler Trowbridge and the late Jordan Blaauw are the inspiration behind DCS. Tyler's casual drug use turned into a full blown heroin substance use disorder and homelessness. You can follow Tyler's journey getting


When you give to DCS, you are helping people overcome substance use disorder and homelessness. Through your support, we will build future transitional housing campuses. Your gift is Building and Restoring

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DCS Annual Kickball Tournament 2018

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

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Welcome, Kickballers!  This is a one-day charity kickball tourney with proceeds benefiting Dirt City Sanctuary! Join us for a great time and a great cause! All levels welcome! Must be 16+ to play.

Tournament Details

Tourney Date


Saturday, July 28, 2018

10am-6pm *Round Robin Format

Team Registration Deadline:

Saturday, July 20, 2018


Huff Park

2399 Ball Ave NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49505


$45 a player/ $550 for a 11 man/2 sub team )(13 man team total)


T-Shirts are included in the cost, accessorize to show your team flair!

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Banner Advertising and Team Sponsorship

Dirt City Sanctuary  is a non-profit organization committed to ending the cycle of addiction and homelessness. We are hosting our first annual kickball tournament July 28, 2018. We are offering unique advertising opportunities to corporate sponsors. Our fundraising efforts range team sponsorships, fence sign advertising, and tax deductible donations. We encourage and appreciate your involvement in DCS.

Fence SignsThe two fields we will be playing on provide DCS the opportunity to sell advertising space at our tournament. Signs are professionally created and are based upon the design criteria of the sponsor. The fee allows the sign to remain in place for the entire tournament with exposure to the public during our tournament. All sponsors will be recognized on the Dirt City Sanctuary website at www.dirtcitysanctuary.org.

Signage Sponsorship Fees:





2.5’ x 4’    



2.5’ x 6’   


Team SponsorshipBecome a team sponsor of a Dirt City Sanctuary team.  The sponsor logo is typically printed on the sleeve of the team jersey or you may choose to have the trade name on the back of the team jersey.  Team sponsors need to submit any desired logo or trade name style, together with sponsor contribution, no later than July 12, 2018 in order to allow time for the jersey to be printed before the tournament.  The cost for sponsoring a team is $350.

For more information pertaining to purchasing advertising signs or sponsoring a kickball team please contact Wendy Botts at 616.250.6423 or wendy@dirtcitysanctuary.org

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Our Team

DCS Founders, Board Members and Directors

Stacy Peck

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Development and Fundraising

Tyler Trowbridge

Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Advocacy and Community Outreach

Wendy Botts

Co-Founder, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Programming and Compliance

John Whitten

Director of Architecture and Design

The Opioid Crisis

In 2017 more than 72,000 Americans died of drug overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is an average of one death every ten minutes. Among the more than 72,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2017*, the sharpest increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids) with nearly 30,000 overdose deaths. 


The opioid epidemic has its roots in the explosive growth of prescription painkillers. Between 1991 and 2011, the number of opioid prescriptions (selling under brand names like Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Percocet) supplied by American retail pharmacies increased from 76m to 219m. As the number of pain pills being doled out by doctors increased, so did their potency. In 2002 one in six users took a pill more powerful than morphine. By 2012 it was one in three.


Of people entering treatment for heroin substance use disorder who began abusing opioids in the 1960s, more than 80 percent started with heroin. Of those who began abusing opioids in the 2000s, 75 percent reported that their first opioid was a prescription drug.


Someone addicted to opioid painkillers is 40 times more likely to abuse or develop a substance abuse disorder to heroin than non-opioid users.


  • 80%

    Heroin Users First Abused Prescription Drugs

  • 40%

    Prescription Opioids Responsible For Opioid Deaths

  • 12%

    Americans Addicted To Opioids

  • 21%

    Increase In Fentanyl Related Deaths

  • 99%

    Global Hydrocodone Consumed By United States