Wendy Botts is a Board Member and Director of Programming and Compliance who co-founded Dirt City Sanctuary to help end the cycle of addiction and homelessness.
I believe when individuals experience addiction and homelessness, it’s not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My passion is to bring help, healing and compassion to those experiencing addiction and homelessness. I want to aid addicts in finding healthy perceptions of themselves and help facilitate, heal and strengthen their relationships with the family, friends and members of the local community so they can know themselves as sober, complete and whole individuals who are not forgotten.
I believe that each person facing addiction has a story to tell and that each addict’s story deserves to be told. I believe that no single approach is correct when it comes to recovery and that each person’s road to recovery should be an individualized journey.
I know first hand the devastation of losing a loved one to the opioid epidemic currently facing our country. I lost my son, Jordan Blaauw, April 17, 2017 to an opioid overdose. Since losing Jordan, I have made it my mission to give a voice to those who aren’t heard.
I am a married mother of 4 and live in Eastown in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I have been married to the love of my life, John Botts, for the last 11 years. We have 4 beautiful children; Gershom-24, Jordan-Forever 21, Jason- 20 and Elaina-10. We have 3 dogs, Coletrane, Lulu and Fifi, who go everywhere with us and are part of the family and a cat, Mittens.
I hold a Certificate of Emergency Medical Technician and Certificate of Para-medicine from Advanced Emergency Medical Training. An Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Grand Rapids Community College. A Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on K-12 Special Education, Reading. Elementary K-8 and Reading Specialist Certification from Aquinas College. I am currently working on my Addiction Studies Certificate from Grand Rapids Community College. I am an avid learner who believes one is never done learning.