Ryan Gummere was raised in the Alger Heights neighborhood in a moderate income household by a
custodian father and a stay-at-home mother. In the summer of 1999, Ryan interned for Seeds’ Executive Director, Ron Jimmerson while he was working at Cascade Engineering. Mr. Jimmerson’s Welfare-to-Career program ignited a spark in Ryan’s heart to serve the poor. After graduating from Capital University in Columbus, OH, Ryan began working for the Franklin County Department of Jobs and Family Services (DJFS). After 2.5 years at DJFS, Ryan was hired by Northpointe Bank as a Loan Officer and he was able to move home to Grand Rapids. When the recession hit in 2008, Ryan transitioned to a Fresh Start Counselor where his role was to help customers keep their homes by restructuring their loan and providing them a payment they could afford.
In 2011, Ryan became a Christian and shortly after was re-connected with Mr. Jimmerson, who introduced him to Seeds of Promise. Ryan has been on the Seeds Housing Impact Team since 2013. In 2014, God led Ryan to the Neighborhood Impact Program (NIP), which helps low and moderate income homeowners improve their homes. By 2015, 3 Seeds Community homeowners used NIP funds to replace roofs, furnaces, windows, and doors. In 2016, Ryan hopes to provide financial and credit counseling to prospective homeowners as well as help kick start a Community Share, which is a business that is chosen, owned, and operated by the Seeds Community. Ryan feels privileged to serve Seeds and is excited for the future being built together.